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    July 11, 2012

    The All-Star Game Goes the NL Way

    I wrote not too long ago about the San Francisco Giants' extraordinary presence at the All-Star Game, and how it was a perfect example of why the current format for baseball's midsummer classic is badly broken. Well, the game itself was played last night, and I have this to say: thank god that ... More >>

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    April 5, 2012

    The Cards Open the Season in Style

    The Cardinals opened the 2012 season last night, playing -- and winning -- the first official game in the Miami Marlins' brand new ballpark. It was a night of firsts, really. It was the first win for manager Mike Matheny. The first hit for Carlos Beltran in a Cardinal uniform. The first time a ... More >>

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    January 6, 2012

    Dave Duncan Steps Down

    ​According to multiple reports from, one would assume, multiple sources, it appears Dave Duncan is stepping down from his post as the Cardinals pitching coach. When the team makes the official announcement it will mark the end of what is the longest current tenure in all of baseball, one which beg ... More >>

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    November 17, 2011

    Cardinals Finalize Coaching Staff for 2012

    commons.wikimedia.orgMark McGwire is one of five coaches from Tony La Russa's 2011 staff who will return next season under new manager Mike Matheny.​The Cardinals announced their full coaching staff for next season yesterday, putting to paper the group who will support Mike Matheny as he takes ove ... More >>

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    November 10, 2011

    Handicapping the Cardinals' Managerial Search

    The Cardinals appear to be entering the home stretch of their managerial race. ​The Cardinals have been conducting interviews and tossing around names in their search for a new manager, and it looks now as if they're likely entering the endgame portion of the process. I have to admit, while I ... More >>

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    July 7, 2011

    The Jake Westbrook Blues

    What? I like 80s wrestlers. Deal with it. ​It ain't great being Jake Westbrook right now. Hell, it isn't all that wonderful having to watch Jake Westbrook at the moment, either. In fact, I would say it might actually be a little worse having to watch him. After all, none of us are getting paid to ... More >>

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    June 30, 2011

    Chris Carpenter and Pitch Count Panic

    Okay, so maybe everyone was just scared to go tell Carp his night was over. ​So Chris Carpenter was, all in all, pretty brilliant last night. He shut the Orioles down, giving them just one run on seven hits and a walk, threw a complete game, and earned himself his third win of the season. Not a ba ... More >>

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    May 23, 2011

    How to Ruin a Roster Without Even Trying

    John Mozeliak, left, and Tony LaRussa celebrate their latest brilliant maneuver. ​​Cardinal management has really outdone themselves this time. I've actually been pleasantly surprised by the job Tony LaRussa and Company have done managing the 2011 team to this point, but this is just mind-numbin ... More >>

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    May 10, 2011

    La Russa Now Diagnosed with Shingles; Will Miss Tonight's Game at Wrigley

    ​Doctors may have finally diagnosed the bizarre rash and infection plaguing Tony La Russa's forehead and right eye. Yesterday, the Cardinals manager visited the renowned Mayo Clinic where he was reportedly diagnosed with shingles. La Russa has been suffering from the ailment for at least four week ... More >>

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    March 31, 2011
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    March 31, 2011
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    March 16, 2011

    K-Mac Keeps Rolling for Cardinals

    Corvus brachyrhynchos, also known as the American Crow. I hear they're delicious broiled. ​Kyle McClellan is clearly gunning for me. He wants to make me look like a fool. He wants to destroy the last tattered vestiges of my once-glorious credibility. And as painful as it is for me to watch him do ... More >>

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    October 26, 2010

    Cardinals Stuck in Routine: Rehire McGwire and Duncan for 2011

    Will leftover buns score runs next season? Ehh.​Meet the new bosses, same as the old bosses. So it shall be in the Cardinal clubhouse again in 2011, as the club has agreed on contracts with pretty much the entire coaching staff, including Dave Duncan and Mark McGwire, the only two anyone real ... More >>

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    March 19, 2010

    Rich Hill's Sinking Ship

    boobalikes.comWhat? Oh, come on. That's a funny picture and you know it. ​It's looking more and more as if the Rich Hill Era is probably going to end before it begins here in St. Louis. Since Hill joined the team, I've been rooting for him to win the vacant fifth spot in the Cardinals' rotati ... More >>

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    December 21, 2009

    Brad Pennies(TM) Make No Cents!

    Spring training can't come soon enough for Unreal. Meantime, though, we've got our Brad "Penny" Penny pennies...Dave Duncan's got him a penny in his pocket!​

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    December 14, 2009

    Rumor Roundup: Low Hanging Wang

    squidworks.comTotally off-topic, but you should really check out this comic. It's pretty great. ​So apparently now the Cardinals are interested in possibly procuring the services of Chien-Ming Wang, late of the New York Yankees, to help fill in the back end of their 2010 rotation. Aside from ... More >>

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    December 8, 2009

    The Penny Deal

    ​So the first real salvo of the Cardinals' offseason has been fired, as they signed Brad Penny to a one-year, $7.5 million deal which could be worth up to $9 million if he pitches 204 innings. (Incidentally, I would love to know how they came up with 204 innings as the benchmark. I wonder if it's ... More >>

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    October 25, 2009

    Tony La Russa Back for Another Go 'Round

    Well, it looks as if Tony La Russa will be returning to manage the St. Louis Cardinals once again in 2010. He hasn't made any sort of official announcement as of yet, but all signs point to La Russa coming back for his 15th season wearing the Birds on the Bat. How do I feel about TLR being back ... More >>

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    October 8, 2009

    NLDS Game One Recap: Dodgers 5, Cardinals 3

    Okay, so it wasn't quite the start the Cardinals were hoping for. Okay, so maybe that isn't quite strong enough. ​Going into last night's game, the Cardinals should have been confident. Hell, even I was confident, and I am never, ever, ever confident when it comes to October baseball. Th ... More >>

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    September 15, 2009

    By All That is Holy, Todd Wellemeyer Must Be Stopped

    At this point, I honestly don't know who to beg, plead with, or pray to who might have some legitimate chance of ridding us of the curse of Todd Wellemeyer. I tried praying to God after Welley's start in Pittsburgh on the 12th of May, when he gave up seven runs in 4.1, but God seemed uninterested in ... More >>

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    August 27, 2009

    Game Notes: Astros 4, Cardinals 3 08/27/09 -- An Ugly Loss​-- I hate Brian Moehler. A lot. It never fails to irritate me when the Cardinals get shut down by some journeyman pitcher, and it happens every single time they see Moehler. Somehow, he has still never lost to the Birds, despite being an incredibly mediocre pitcher overall. Hell, take ... More >>

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    August 21, 2009

    Chris Duncan Still Being Conspired Against

    Sadly, it looks as if Boston - or, more accurately, Pawtucket - just wasn't far enough for Chris Duncan to escape the shadowy conspiracy against him. Keep on humping, Chris, and keep reaching for that rainbow. ​Duncan has been released by the Boston Red Sox, less than a month after he was acq ... More >>

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    August 5, 2009

    Game Notes: Cardinals 12, Metropolitans 7 04/08/2009 - The Return of the King

    -- Albert Pujols is back, and the Mang is pissed. Oh yes, we all doubted, we all feared, we all wondered what was wrong. We found ourselves, in our darkest moments, questioning whether or not Albert was still the player we all thought he was. We looked to a new idol, to a man named Holliday, and we ... More >>

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    July 23, 2009

    Circling the Drain

    Does anybody want to tell me when this whole thing just went to hell? Remember when the Cardinals were a first-class organization, one that made smart moves, fielded competitive teams, and had everyone pulling in the same direction? Well, guess what, folks, the party, as they say, is over. ... More >>

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    June 28, 2009

    Mark DeRosa Joins the Cardinals

    When I heard last night that the Cardinals had acquired Mark DeRosa for Chris Perez and a player to be named later, I went through what I like to call a three part response. Part one: "Hey, we got DeRosa! Sweet! Good job getting a deal done, Mo. Glad to see them upgrade the team." Part two ... More >>

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    June 22, 2009

    Game Notes 22nd June- Mets 6, Cards 4: Colonel Pumpkin, I Presume?

    -This stuff of pinch-hitting for Colby Rasmus late in the game really needs to stop. Not because he's the Cardinals' best outfielder, or even because he needs to see left-handed pitching in order to learn how to hit it. No, it needs to stop because if Colby gets pinch-hit for, it means that we have ... More >>

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    June 19, 2009

    Postgame Thoughts, 18th June: Double You. Tee. Eff.

    -Okay, so Jo-El Pineiro crapped the bed quite mightily in the first inning, but he certainly had some help from the defense. Just an ugly inning all around, the sort that we really haven't seen too many of from the Cards lately. Typing that, I find myself a bit surprised, to be quite honest. It ... More >>

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    June 9, 2009

    Nothing Shall Come From Something, Trade Again!

    And so, just like that, the Blaine Boyer Experiment comes to an end here in St. Louis. Farewell, Monorail Man, we hardly knew ye. (And barely cared.) Somehow, it just isn't as cool as Rocket Man, is it? 

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    May 11, 2009

    Maybe Duncan's Just Too Busy?

    Adam Wainwright has discovered a flaw in his delivery, and will shortly be back to perennial Cy Young contender form. He and Chris Carpenter, papier mache ace extraordinaire, were looking at some video yesterday, and, wonder of wonders, they found out what was wrong with Adam's mechanics! I'm a ... More >>

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    April 22, 2009

    Blaine Boyer: Atlanta's Version of Anthony Reyes?

    The Cardinals have pretty high expectations for the latest addition to their bullpen, right-hander Blaine Boyer. Acquired earlier this week for outfielder Brian Barton in a trade with the Braves, Boyer has already been added to the big league roster and will be the team's 13th pitcher.Of c ... More >>

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    March 27, 2009

    Baseball Card of the Week: Skip "2B" Schumaker

    Well, it's already gone much, much further than I ever thought it would. The Skip Schumaker Experiment at second base is going to continue in to the regular season. Of course, we all pretty much knew that by now, but having it announced by the team's General Manager sort of brings it home a bit ... More >>

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    March 20, 2009

    Driving with The King: Kevin Slaten Back in Radio Prime Time

    The self-proclaimed "King" of sports-radio will soon be back in the coveted afternoon drive slot. Kevin Slaten will make the move next month when he transitions to the 2 p.m to 6 p.m. hours on KSLG 1380 AM. The bombastic Slaten -- who blew his top last year after we featured him in an RFT profile -- ... More >>

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    February 27, 2009

    Baseball Card of the Week: Jose Oquendo

    Given the recent hoopla regarding Jose Oquendo and the self-proclaimed lord of pitching in Puerto Rico, Joel Pineiro, I thought that the Secret Weapon could use a feature. You know, show him that we're all behind him, and are perfectly well aware that El Pinata is not a good pitcher in any way, shap ... More >>

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    February 13, 2009

    We've Been Booked

    This RFT's own Aaron Schafer is a contributing writer in this year's Maple Street Press Cardinals Annual 2009, the pre-season guide to this year's St. Louis Cardinals.Schafer, who also writes for Viva El Birdos, joins VEB founder Larry Borowski, and Deadpsin founder and Cardinal fan Will Leitch in t ... More >>

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    January 6, 2009

    Cardinals Said to be Going After a Mystery Closing Pitcher

    You know, there are plenty of reasons that I get up out of bed every day. The smell of clean laundry. The laughter of a child. The off chance that a beautiful woman may walk up to me and demand that I immediately make passionate love to her.*But every so often, something comes along that makes me qu ... More >>

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    December 28, 2008

    Red-Light Cameras, Cocaine Addiction and Public Radio: 2008's 10 Most-Read Stories

    (The eyes have it! Here are the Top 10 most-read stories online, which were published in 2008 by the RFT. After the jump, we also included a few stories that came back from the dead in '08 because of timely news -- earthquakes and college basketball among them. Below, RFT Editor Tom Finkel ... More >>

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    December 11, 2008

    Dear Cardinals GM: Don't Waste Money on Brian Fuentes

    Okay. I've screamed. I've begged. I've pleaded. Nothing seems to work. No matter how much I rail against the idea, the Cardinals and their general manager, Mr. John Mozeliak, seem hell-bent on signing Brian Fuentes. I just don't know what else to do. But you know what? I love the Cardinals too ... More >>

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    October 23, 2008

    Anthony Reyes: Relieved to be Out of St. Louis

    I was just thinking to myself the other day, "You know, we haven't had an Anthony Reyes Update in damn near forever, it seems." Then, lo and behold, what should happen across my web browser? Oh wonder of wonders! Ladies and gentlemen, we have some fresh Anthony news. Well, that's not exactly accur ... More >>

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    October 3, 2008

    Kevin Slaten's Return: The Blowhard's Back!

    The excitement of last night's Veep Parade (and the, uh, slightly impaired feeling that accompanies a morning after going balls-out in the Veep Drinking Game actually managed to banish from Unreal's internal Palm Pilot the fact that this coming Monday morning will mark the return to the airwaves of ... More >>

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    August 28, 2008

    Kevin Slaten's Head Is About to Explode: The Saga Continues

    Evidently erstwhile KFNS (590 AM "The Fan") sports talker Kevin Slaten isn't quite finished speaking to Riverfront Times. Rick Sealock Responding to this week's feature story by Kristen Hinman, "Kevin Slaten's Head Is About to Explode," Slaten dialed up managing editor Ellis Conklin. Click below ... More >>

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    August 27, 2008

    Kevin Slaten: A Nasty Man

    A transcript of Slaten and Cards pitching coach Dave Duncan

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    August 27, 2008
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    August 14, 2008

    Anthony Reyes Update

    I know that I've spoken before here of my appreciation for the work of one Mr. Anthony Reyes. I was all kinds of impressed with him when he came up, and it broke my heart to watch him struggle. It was especially frustrating to watch, considering that I, and many others, felt that he was being badl ... More >>

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    July 28, 2008

    Requiem For a Prospect: Anthony Reyes, Now Traded to Cleveland, Used to be the Next Big Thing

    I remember the first time I ever saw Anthony Reyes pitch. It was in August 2005, when he made his big-league debut against the Milwaukee Brewers.

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    July 25, 2008

    Baseball Card of the Week: '78 Dennis Eckersley

    We have a very special Card of the Week this time out, ladies and gentlemen. Well, at least sort of special. Okay, maybe not all that special. But really cool, nonetheless. This week's card comes to us from the personal collection of Dwayne M. of Coral Gables, Florida. Dwayne has been an avid coll ... More >>

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    May 27, 2008

    The Cardinals: Where Do They Go From Here?

    So, where do we go from here? (Vote on your changes here). Memorial Day has come and gone. The first real holiday of summer always provides a nice opportunity to look around and take stock of a baseball team; to assess the strengths, weaknesses, and everything in between. So, what have we learned s ... More >>

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    May 8, 2008

    Cards Blog: Mozeliak vs. Mulder

    I was listening to Kevin Wheeler on KMOX last night on the drive home and caught his conversation with first-year Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak. After some chitchat about the team's early-season run of great play -- and great plays, like Pujols' Monday-night mad dash and Ankiel's phenomena ... More >>

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    May 8, 2008

    Cards Blog: Mozeliak vs. Mulder

    I was listening to Kevin Wheeler on KMOX last night on the drive home and caught his conversation with first-year Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak. After some chitchat about the team's early-season run of great play -- and great plays, like Pujols' Monday-night mad dash and Ankiel's phenomena ... More >>

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    Hits Galore

    Baseball blogs make a successful pitch for legitimacy.

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