Mike Matheny

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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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    June 17, 2014

    22 St. Louis Dogs That Want to Be the Best Fans in Baseball

    St. Louis is a fierce baseball city. We're even competitive about how good of fans we are, though others have caught on to our self-ascribed moniker, the best fans in baseball. Once a season for the last ten years, St. Louis' dogs have gotten in on the action at the annual Purina Pooches in the Bal ... More >>

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    April 22, 2014

    The 6 Best Yadier Molina Quotes From That New York Times Profile

    Whether he's catching fastballs, stopping runs or hitting homers, Yadier Molina is exciting to watch when he's at home plate. The New York Times noticed, so it sent a reporter to ask the St. Louis Cardinals catcher how he does it. In the Sunday story "From Behind the Plate, a Dutiful Master Orchest ... More >>

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    April 10, 2014

    It's Official: Study Says St. Louis Cardinals Fans Are The Best in Baseball

    The St. Louis Cardinals have the most loyal fans in baseball, according to a new report from a customer loyalty consultancy firm. Brand Keys analyzed each Major League Baseball team's fan base and ranked them according to its "sports fan loyalty index." St. Louis tops the list for the first time ev ... More >>

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    April 7, 2014

    Mike Matheny's Home Opener Blog Post Is Basically a Love Letter to St. Louis Baseball Fans

    St. Louis loves to believe it has the best fans in baseball. And Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny seems to agree. In a blog post written in honor of the Redbirds first 2014 game at home, Matheny says the city's "tradition, history, legends and passionate fan base" make St. Louis a uniquely wonderful ... More >>

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    February 26, 2014

    NSFW: Cardinals Pitcher Carlos Martinez Comes Out as Not Gay on Twitter

    Two weeks after Mizzou football star Michael Sam announced that he planned to become the NFL's first openly gay player, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez revealed via social media that he is definitively, 110-percent, absolutely and positively not gay. Martinez made the surprise announce ... More >>

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    December 2, 2013

    Cardinals Pitcher Shelby Miller's Wedding Featured in New York Times Society Page

    St. Louis may be in baseball withdrawal, but the New York Times put Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller in the headlines after his Missouri wedding to Amy Peters. The story starts with a dig at the Cardinals, who left Miller in the bullpen during the 2013 World Series against the Boston Red Sox. Peters ... More >>

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    November 27, 2013

    6 People Who Should Take David Freese's Place as Imo's Pizza Spokesperson

    As David Freese leaves the Cardinals to play ball with Albert Pujols in Los Angeles, Daily RFT began to wonder: Who should fill the baseball all-star's three-year contract to be the spokester for St. Louis staple Imo's Pizza? We have a few ideas.

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    October 28, 2013

    VIDEO: Watch Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny Take a Fastball to the Face

    If you thought Cardinals manager Mike Matheny was tough during the screaming match with umpires in World Series Game One, wait till you watch this video of him as a player getting smashed in the face with a 90-plus-miles-per-hour pitch. Matheny barely reacts, spitting out what looks remarkably like ... More >>

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    September 2, 2013

    Cardinals: Top 17 Sexiest Players of All Time

    Last week, we published an item noting that, according to ESPN's Uni Watch Power Rankings, the St. Louis Cardinals are the "best-looking team" in all of major league sports. That much deserved ranking is specifically in reference to the team's great retro-style jerseys and all around spiffy uniforms ... More >>

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    January 23, 2013

    2013 RFT Web Awards Winners

    It's been said that employees engaging in social media while at work cost the U.S. economy $650 billion a year in lost productivity. That's $4,452 per company, and it doesn't even factor in the economic losses from plain, old Web surfing. Throw that into the mix, and good lordy: No wonder the econom ... More >>

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    January 11, 2013

    Introducing the 2013 RFT Web Awards Finalists

    The past twelve months was an outstanding time for hot digital action in St. Louis. Our citizens launched apps, pushed pixels, encouraged consumerism and conducted full-on comedy shows in 140 characters or less. If we learned anything, it's that you can't get a job -- or even a date -- without being ... More >>

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    December 7, 2012

    The Cards Get Their (Left-Handed) Man

    Baseball's Winter Meetings are over, and the various and sundry general managers, along with their entourages, are back on the respective roads to their respective homes. It was eventful to be sure this year, with plenty of incoming television money bolstering several teams' spending abilities. The ... More >>

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    November 6, 2012

    Mark McGwire Gamble Paid Off For Cardinals; Will Successor Prove The Same?

    So apparently it's become like a thing now for Cardinals sluggers to leave the team in the offseason and head for Southern California. Last year it was Albert Pujols, aka the Second Greatest Cardinal (and who will never, ever reach number one on that list), leaving the Redbirds and taking his talent ... More >>

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    October 23, 2012

    Goodbye To the 2012 Cardinals

    It felt like 1996 all over again, you know? I'm not sure how many of you out there really remember that year, the first of Tony La Russa's tenure as manager, but it was an interesting season. The Redbirds had spent the first half of the 1990's sucking quite badly, struggling under the weight of ... More >>

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    September 13, 2012

    Lance Lynn Back In, At Least For Now

    The Cardinals needed someone to start today in place of the injured Jake Westbrook, who is currently out with a bit of an oblique thing. (That's a technical term, by the way. I apologize for using complicated jargon, but there's really no other way of putting it, unfortunately.) So Mike Matheny and ... More >>

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    August 20, 2012

    The Cardinals Run a Marathon -- And Come in Second

    It took 19 innings, but the Cardinals managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in the end. It was, in a very special way, the perfect version of a 2012 Cards game. Coming into this latest series against the Pittsburgh Pirates -- aka the team the Cards are chasing in the standings -- th ... More >>

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    August 9, 2012

    Tyler Leaves Town

    The Tyler Greene Era, circa 2009-2012, has officially come to an end in St. Louis. The enigmatic infielder was traded to the Houston Astros earlier today in exchange for a player to be named later, which in baseball parlance is code for, "We really couldn't give a shit less what we get for the ... More >>

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    August 3, 2012

    The Cards Keep Running in Place

    And just when things were looking so good, too. The first two games of the series against the Rockies, the Cardinals looked like a team ready to kick ass and chew bubblegum but forgot to bring any bubblegum. An offensive explosion good for 20 runs in two games had the Cards poised for a sweep i ... More >>

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    July 19, 2012

    Midseason Reviews for Preseason Predictions -- Individual Awards Edition

    You know, the All-Star break has come and gone. The second half (I should really put that in quotation marks, but screw it), of the baseball season is well and truly underway. I had a dozen different things I was planning on writing while the break was going on, all kinds of progress reports an ... 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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    July 3, 2012

    The Allen Craig Show: It's Better than the Albert Pujols Hour of Power

    Allen Craig is good at the baseball. We already knew that, of course; he's hitting home runs at a pace of roughly one every 13.5 plate appearances and owns an OPS of 1.046. For his career, that home run pace is one every 18.5 PAs; his wOBA last season was .399, and this year it's .431. Allen Cr ... More >>

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    June 12, 2012

    The Pythagorean Blues

    You know, it hasn't been the easiest season so far for the Cardinals. Don't get me wrong; it hasn't been a really miserable season of nothing but struggles, by any means. But when you looked at this team on paper before the season started, it looked like a team that should have comfortably taken the ... 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 1, 2012

    Allen Craig to Return Tonight

    The Cardinals have been one of the best offensive teams in all of baseball so far this season, ranking behind only three American League teams (who obviously have the benefit of the designated hitter), as far as OPS. In runs scored, the Atlanta Braves currently have an edge on the Cards for the top ... More >>

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    April 5, 2012
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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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    April 3, 2012

    Cy Young, MVP Predictions for 2012 MLB

    You know, as a semi-professional sportswriter there are a few things toward which I am genetically predisposed. (Why semi-professional? Because I do get paid, but my talent and behavior are both, well, somewhat short of what is usually termed professionalism.) I love to hear myself talk, for one thi ... More >>

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    March 13, 2012

    Of Adam Wainwright & Backup Catchers: Spring Training Notes 03/13/12

    ​Thanks to the magic of modern technology, I got to watch Adam Wainwright make his second start of the spring this afternoon; it was extremely comforting to see him back on the mound. You can forget about an injured pitcher surprisingly easily, thanks to the occasional nature of their appearances ... 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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    February 15, 2012

    Ozzie Smith Returns to the Cardinals

    ​Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith is finally going to spring training with the Cardinals. The perennial Gold Glover never saw eye to eye with Tony La Russa when he took over the reins in 1996 -- it had something to do with Ozzie beating out incoming young short stop Royce Clayton in spring training, and ... 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 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 14, 2011

    Breaking Down the Hiring of Mike Matheny as Cardinals' Manager

    Matheny as a rookie back in 1994. ​The Cardinals are going to make it official today, and name Mike Matheny the new manager. All the scuttlebutt of late (including my own pick last week) had suggested Matheny was the frontrunner, as he gained a huge amount of momentum coming out of his interv ... 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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    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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    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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    February 2, 2005

    Dawn of the Diaz

    Bill Haas trumps other Blog o' the Week possibilities, a white supremacy group loses its power (literally), and we wonder if Hotel Rwanda is OK for kids; plus, everybody loves Einar!

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    October 27, 2004

    October Surprise

    Now we know just how far candidates will go -- and just how much Pimp Juice they'll drink -- for an endorsement

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    May 26, 2004

    Who's the Daddy?

    Unreal dials a naughty number (hey, we were duped!), cheers on a local strongman and borrows a page from the Post-Dispatch; plus, Bill Haas signs on as Unreal Advice Columnist

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    June 18, 2003

    Reefer Badness

    There's a lot of misinformation out there: Here's more

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    March 19, 2003

    Pro Ball, Pro-Life

    Two Redbirds and a bunch of other big-leaguers throw the sports-activism debate a curveball

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    October 16, 2002

    Safe at Home?

    At the end of a star-crossed season, Cardinal Nation still doesn't know where the Redbirds will roost after they leave Busch