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    October 26, 2014

    Oscar Taveras, St. Louis Cardinals Slugger and Rising Star, Dies in Car Crash

    St. Louis Cardinals outfielding prospect Oscar Taveras and his girlfriend died Sunday in a car accident in Taveras' native Dominican Republic. He was 22 years old. Taveras' agent confirmed his death to reporters in the Dominican Republic, saying Taveras was driving from Sousa to Puerto Plata when h ... More >>

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    January 16, 2013

    Five Cardinals File for Arbitration

    It's that time of year again, when salary arbitration comes to the forefront, as players across baseball file for a raise. It's not quite as exciting as the run-up to the annual Winter Meetings, and certainly not as much fun as when the countdown to Pitchers and Catcher Report Day begins in earnest, ... 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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    July 31, 2012

    Cards Add a Bullpen Arm; Local Columnist Remains Unimpressed

    The Cardinals did manage to make a deal today, adding Edward Mujica, a right-handed reliever, to their bullpen stable. Mujica was acquired from the Miami Marlins in return for Zack Cox, the Cards' first-round draft pick back in 2010. The good about this deal: Mujica is a reliever, and the Cards ... More >>

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    July 16, 2012

    The Cards Turn Back the Clock -- To 2003

    Hey, who here remembers the year 2003? Yeah, I sure do too. It was a magical time for our great nation; Coldplay had yet to become the source of shame they would later, Mitsubishi commercials simultaneously aroused us, irritated us, and kind of made us want to buy our girlfriends pink Kangol hats. N ... More >>

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    May 25, 2012

    The Time for Roy is Now

    John Mozeliak should be on the phone right now to Roy Oswalt. And I'll tell you why. The St. Louis Cardinals scored nine runs last night. It was a beautiful offensive performance, just the kind of beating a team of this talent level should regularly put on pitchers the caliber of one Joe Blanto ... More >>

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    May 14, 2012

    The Return of the Filthy Sanchez

    The Cardinals made a roster move today, attempting to shore up a recently shaky bullpen by recalling Eduardo Sanchez, aka Dirty Sanchez, aka Filthy Sanchez, aka Fast Eddie, aka Fritz von Filthington, aka The Southern Dandy (note: none of these are real nicknames, but they all should be), from Triple ... More >>

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    May 9, 2012

    Beltran Goes All Berkman; Cards Win in the Desert

    Ladies and gentlemen, I have discovered the secret to the Cardinals' success. Actually, I shouldn't say success in general. Rather, I have discovered the secret to the St. Louis Cardinals beating the Arizona Diamondbacks on the road in Arizona. In order to win in Chase Field, the secret for the ... More >>

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    March 14, 2012

    Kyle McClellan Back On the Block?

    ​For most of the offseason it's been a poorly-kept secret the Cardinals are trying to move Kyle McClellan. They signed him back in January to a $2.5 million contract for the 2012 season, and pretty much from the moment the ink dried on the deal K-Mac's name has been floating around as potential tr ... More >>

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    February 21, 2012

    Five Fringe Players to Watch in Spring Training

    ​Spring Training is finally underway, promising an end to winter and a return of sunny days and the smell of stadium hot dogs. The St. Louis Cardinals enter the 2012 iteration of spring training looking to defend an unlikely championship, the result of a magical late-season run and one of the ... More >>

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    December 12, 2011

    Cards Bringing Furcal Back for 2012

    commons.wikimedia.orgFurcal in 2010 with the Dodgers. ​Thanks to their sudden (and unwanted), financial windfall, the Cardinals' find themselves in a position of having a big pile of Albert Pujols cash sitting around and missing a big pile of Albert Pujols production. John Mozeliak and Co. st ... More >>

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    November 15, 2011

    Did Jose Oquendo Get Screwed?

    You could say Jose got hosed.​The Cardinals have their man -- or, at least, John Mozeliak has his man -- as they named Mike Matheny to the vacant managerial spot yesterday. Matheny has plenty of admirable qualities, to be sure; he's well-respected by the players, has intimate knowledge of the Card ... 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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    May 31, 2011

    The Allen Craig Experiment

    Tony La Russa, center, discussing Allen Craig's future with John Mozeliak, left. Craig is shown far right. ​It's been an interesting season, to say the least, for the Cardinals so far in 2011. Between injuries to top players, one of the most fraught, complex slumps in major league history, and ple ... 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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    March 31, 2011
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    February 17, 2011

    Albert Pujols' Statement on Failed Contract Extension

    ​Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols released the following statement after he and the team were unable to strike a contract extension prior to a deadline set for yesterday. As Daily RFT noted on Wednesday, the passing of the deadline doesn't mean that Pujols won't return to the Cardinals. Plent ... More >>

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    February 16, 2011

    No Deal for Pujols: Cardinals "Remain Hopeful" Albert Will Finish Career in St. Louis

    Wikimedia CommonsIt's all good, mang.​Okay, Cardinal Nation. Take a deep breath. Repeat. We know. Your world is about to collapse. The Cardinals didn't reach a contract extension with Albert Pujols prior to today's arbitrary deadline. "While we are disappointed that we did not reach an agreement, ... More >>

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    October 20, 2010

    The Cardinals Have an Infield Question; The Import Market May Have an Answer

    ​Okay, before everyone gets all pissed off at me, I don't have anything personal against Skip Schumaker. I don't. Scout's honor. I mean, I don't really get the whole handsome thing with Skip, but that's mostly a matter of taste. I'll swoon at the mere mention of Joe Mather, and every so often in j ... More >>

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    September 22, 2010

    A Not-So-Fond Farewell to Felipe

    ​I thought Felipe Lopez was a great signing. I really did. So did pretty much everyone else. Hell, I still say he was a great signing, a chance to get a legitimate plus bat at the utility position for a mere $1 million. In a landscape where middling players command multi-year deals all over the pl ... More >>

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    July 27, 2010

    Roy Oswalt: The Deal That Just Won't Die​So after a full week and a half of serious, intense speculation, discussion, and coverage, the Roy-Oswalt-to-the-Cardinals trade is...right about where it was a week and a half ago. A quick rundown of the pertinent facts: The Houston Astros want to move Roy Oswalt.  ... 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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    June 25, 2010

    Cardinals Botch the Sweep Again: Tale of the Broken Broom Blues

    That's 0 for 7 now on the broom, guys. What's the problem? ​It really didn't seem like there should have been any way the Cardinals could have possibly screwed this one up. Six times this season they have won the first two games of a three-game set, only to see their hopes for a sweep go up in smo ... More >>

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    May 14, 2010

    Walt Jocketty and the Reds' Renaissance

    Walt Jocketty in his days at GM of the Cardinals.​The Cincinnati Reds welcome the Cardinals into town this weekend for what is, to this point, probably the biggest series of the season for both clubs. The series in Philadelphia was the one I had been looking to as the big test for the Cards e ... More >>

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    April 1, 2010

    Julio Lugo Traded

    ​Farewell to the glare. We hardly knew ye or your crazy eyes. The Cardinals have agreed to deal utility infielder Julio Lugo to the Baltimore Orioles for either a player to be named later or cash considerations. The deal is still awaiting final approval from the commissioner's office, indicat ... More >>

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    January 27, 2010

    Rich Hill Bends Into Town

    So apparently the plan from here on out for the Cardinals is the proverbial wall covered in feces. As in, see what sticks and then rosterfy them sumbitches. A comment on the state of Hill's shoulder? ​The Cards reached a deal yesterday with Rich Hill, former Baltimore Oriole and Chicago Cub. ... More >>

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    January 11, 2010

    Mark McGwire Now Ready to "Talk About the Past", Issues Statement on Using Steroids

    ​Mark McGwire admitted today that he used steroids throughout much of his career with the Oakland Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals. The statement came a week after Cardinals manager Tony La Russa stated publicly that McGwire needed to discuss steroid allegations prior to stepping in as the team's ... 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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    December 1, 2009

    Cards Keeping the 'Stache, Starting a Gotay

    Wow. What a horrible pun. That's really the sort of title someone should lose their job over. ​The Cardinals put the finishing touches on their new dynasty yetsterday by resigning backup catcher Jason LaRue and bringing in utility infielder Ruben Gotay on a minor league deal. With these final ... 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 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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    September 16, 2009

    An Extension for El Piñata?

    Sure, he hasn't actually pitched like a piñata this year, but it's just too good a nickname to stop now. ​Apparently, Joel Piñeiro really wants to stick around with the Cardinals a while longer. He has reportedly told his agent to get a deal done that will keep him here if at all possible.&n ... 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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    July 31, 2009

    Breaking News: Trever Miller is Apparently Awesome

    I knew Trever Miller was having a good year, but to be honest, I had no idea just how good. Watching last night's game, when Miller came in, I was shocked to see his ERA for the year was 2.03. "Surely that's a mirage," I thought to myself. "He's been good, but that good?" So I started checking ... 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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    December 19, 2008

    Baseball Card of the Week: Ben Sheets

    It's Christmas time here in the Gateway City, and in honor of this most wonderful time of the year, I've decided that this week's Card of the Week is going to be a little bit different. See, this week, instead of featuring a player who recently won an award, or signed a big contract, or exposed ... More >>

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    December 2, 2008

    Cardinals Pass on Arbitration for Isringhausen and More

    At 11:00 p.m. central time on Monday, baseball's arbitration deadline passed. And one of the most puzzling storylines of the off-season began.

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    November 4, 2008

    Izzy a Free Agent? That's OK By Me

    Well, I've done my citizen's duty; can you all say the same? I'm sure that everyone out there is tired of hearing from everyone, every single effing day, that you just gotta get out there and vote. However, that doesn't mean that I can keep myself from adding my own little exhortation to that. T ... 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 22, 2008
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    July 23, 2008

    La Russa Announces Plan to Form Reliever Rescue Foundation

    By AARON SCHAFER (e-mail) ST. LOUIS -- In a Tuesday night press conference, Tony La Russa announced that he is forming a new organization, known as the Reliever Rescue Foundation. "There's just a whole lot of relievers that need help out there right now," said the longtime St. Louis Cardinals man ... More >>

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    July 10, 2008

    The Mark Mulder Pitching Obituary

    Well, it certainly did shoot the idea of a prediction contest all to hell and back, didn't it? Who had a third of an inning, with no runs? No one? Really? Didn't see that one coming? Seriously, though, that's obviously the sort of line that no one could have really predicted. However, I am a man ... More >>

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    July 2, 2008

    Cardinals Should Stay Away from Rockies' Slugger Matt Holliday

    The Holiday, err, Holliday Road? The Internet has been positively atwitter ever since yesterday morning, when it was reported that the Cardinals are apparently interested in trading for Brian Fuentes and Matt Holliday from the Colorado Rockies. There's been a ton of discussion all over the place, ... More >>

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    June 25, 2008