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    July 28, 2014

    Tony La Russa Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

    What do you give to a man who has everything? Immortality. That's what former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is experiencing now that he's been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. During a weekend full of parades, speeches, dedications and parties, La Russa's legend has been secured ... More >>

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    October 25, 2012

    The Lohse Legacy

    Okay, so it isn't exactly as exciting as The Bourne Legacy, but it works better from an alliterative angle, right? Of course it does. Plus, so far as I know, Jeremy Renner isn't any good at baseball. So we've got that going for us right off the bat. (If Jeremy Renner is actually an ex-minor league b ... More >>

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    October 17, 2012

    Kyle Lohse Lays It On the Line

    In just a little while now, the Cardinals will take on the San Francisco Giants in game three of the NLCS, with the series moving here to the heartland. The Redbirds have been brilliant in Busch Stadium this season, winning 50 games and, frankly, looking like a com ... More >>

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    April 12, 2011

    Is The Cards' Bullpen Fixable?

    Oh, Billy Mays. We still miss you. ​We all saw the disaster over the weekend in San Francisco. Don't pretend you didn't. The Cardinals' supposed closer, Ryan Franklin, blew two more saves, giving him three on the season in four tries. In both games, the Cards were a single out away from winning be ... More >>

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    July 15, 2010

    Five Keys to the Cardinals' Second Half

    Hey, it's a key, it works. (Also a forgotten classic of power pop you should totally pick up if you ever see it like at a yard sale or something.) ​The second "half" of the baseball season kicks off for the Cardinals tonight (and I put "half" in quotes because technically we passed the halfw ... More >>

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    May 25, 2010

    What Now For the Cardinals Rotation?

    What? It's appropriate. See, 'cause everyone wants to push the panic button. Get it? ​Going into last weekend, the Cardinals had one of the best starting rotations in all of baseball. Anchored by dual Cy Young contenders, the Cards' rotation had been the bedrock for their success to this poin ... More >>

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    April 7, 2010
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    December 31, 2009

    The Most Momentous Moments of the Aughts: The Cardinals

    So on this last day of the decade, I had myself a thought. "Aaron," I thought, "You should really try to do some sort of decade-long wrap for St. Louis sports." ​"You know what, Aaron? That's an excellent idea!" I paused for a moment, considering the notion further. "Now why didn't I think of ... More >>

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    October 26, 2009

    Mac is Back! La Russa to Install Mark McGwire as Cardinals Hitting Coach

    I thought I was still slumbering this morning when I opened up the paper to read that Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is expected to sign a new two-year deal with the club on the condition that the Redbirds also sign tainted slugger Mark McGwire as hitting coach. A triumphant return for Mr. McGwire? ... More >>

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    October 10, 2009

    Ryan Franklin vs. Matt Holliday: Playing the Blame Game

    ​So the question must eventually be asked, you know. I don't want to have to ask it, and I'm sure you probably don't want to have to try and answer, but the question will not just go away. So here goes. Who was really at fault for the Cardinals ninth-inning, two-out implosion Thursday night? ... More >>

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    August 25, 2009

    Why No-Trade Clauses are a Bad Idea: Billy Wagner

    fortsanders.netBad Idea. ​I know I've mentioned before - numerous times, most likely - how much I hate no-trade clauses in baseball contracts. In particular, the no-trade clause in Kyle Lohse's contract has proven to be a source of major irritation to me, not because I don't think Lohse is a usefu ... More >>

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    August 18, 2009

    Is John Smoltz the Answer?

    Short answer: yes with a but. Long answer: no with a yes. I know everybody is all excited about the prospect of the Cardinals adding John Smoltz - wait, let me fix that - Future Hall of Famer John Smoltz, for the stretch run, but I'm not so sure it's as much of a slam dunk as so many other ... More >>

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    August 11, 2009

    The Robert 'Kip' Wells Appreciation Thread

    I would like to tell you all a story. It isn't a great story; hell, it's barely worth telling at all, but this here is my blog, and so I'ma gonna tell it. One of the many benefits of being a professional blogger (along with the lack of sunlight from hiding in the basement all day), is the exaggerate ... More >>

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    July 7, 2009

    The Marquis Attraction

    I wonder what sort of greeting Jason Marquis is going to get from the Busch Stadium crowd? I assume it will be positive, in keeping with the spirit of the All-Star Game and all, but I have to admit, if Marquis does in fact get into the game, I'll be sitting there in the press box, secretly hoping fo ... More >>

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    February 16, 2009

    Mark Worrell: A Legend in His Own Mind

    Mark Worrell just can't seem to shut the hell up. Seems to have an awfully high opinion of himself, too. First, it was Dustin Mattison over at the Cardinals' site on the Scout network that he was complaining to; he was traded shortly afterward. Problem solved, right? He was upset that he didn't ... More >>

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    September 23, 2008

    Tony La Russa's Message to Cardinal Fans

    Another day, another loss for the Cardinals. All just a part of this team's complete collapse over the last month of the season. You know what, though? I don't have a huge problem with the losses. I really don't. Don't get me wrong; it is very frustrating to watch this team go in the tank, but I c ... More >>

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    August 7, 2008

    Pineiro Will Likely Move Over for Returning Wainwright

    It's likely that Joel Pineiro was pitching to keep his spot in the rotation last night. The question is, did he pitch well enough to keep it? As it stands now, the Cardinals rotation includes: -Chris Carpenter -Kyle Lohse -Todd Wellemeyer -Braden Looper -Pineiro Within a week or two, it's expecte ... More >>

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    June 16, 2008

    Minor Leagues: Cardinals Youngsters Show Promise

    Back before the season even started, I picked out seven players in the Cards' minor league system that I thought bore watching. Well, the minor league seasons are right about a third of the way through, and I thought the off-day would make a good opportunity to take a look at those players and see h ... More >>

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    June 4, 2008

    Pitcher Matt Clement Making a Comeback

    While the Cardinals were waiting out the rain in Washington last night, a very interesting plot development was taking place a ways down the coast, in Florida. Matt Clement finally stepped onto a mound and started on the road back to the big leagues. Clement Clement, the 33-year-old r ... More >>

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    May 28, 2008

    Chris Duncan Looks Lost Out There

    When the 2008 season opened, I, like a lot of other people I'm sure, had various ideas about what this year would be about. Lots of us thought it would be about assessment, about looking at the current resources and deciding just what we have here. Others thought it would be about angry fans, disgus ... More >>

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    March 28, 2007

    The Littlest 'Birds

    All of a sudden the Cardinals are embracing a youth movement.