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    September 10, 2013

    St. Louis Cardinals 2013 Yearbook: Stan Musial Through The Years (Excerpts, Photos)

    The Cardinals yesterday released the team's official 2013 yearbook, which is, of course, dedicated to Stan the Man. Chronicling Stan Musial's career one season at a time, the yearbook offers a colorful tribute to the legacy of the greatest Cardinal that ever lived. The publication features a range o ... More >>

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    August 27, 2013

    St. Louis Cardinals Ranked MLB's Best-Looking Team, No. 1 Uniforms in All Sports Leagues

    The St. Louis Cardinals aren't just the best-looking team in all of Major League Baseball -- they've got the No. 1 greatest uniforms out of any team in all four major professional sports leagues! So says ESPN's Paul Lukas in his 2013 Uni Watch Power Rankings released this month. It's a nice rankin ... More >>

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    August 10, 2012

    Cards Split With the Giants; Adam Wainwright Does a Thing

    Thank god for Adam Wainwright. I've said it before over the past four or five seasons, but I think it bears repeating now and again. Thank god for Adam Wainwright. It's been a great ride, watching Wainwright progress from hyped prospect (acquired in return for J.D. Drew way back in the 200 ... More >>

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    July 27, 2012

    Market Moves and What They Mean For the Cardinals

    The trade deadline is just a few days off now, and the Cardinals are in a dogfight for the NL Central. Whether or not that ultimately translates into actual movement for the Cards on the trade market remains to be seen, but the conditions are certainly right. It's been a fairly robust trade mar ... More >>

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    July 23, 2012

    A Turning Point For the Cardinals? (Again)

    It may be that at the end of the season we will look back on the series sweep just completed by the Cardinals as a singularly important moment. I say singularly, but that may not be the absolute most correct word. I think we could very well see this series as an extraordinarily important moment ... More >>

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    June 28, 2012

    Just How Hot is 108 Degrees?: Daily RFT Time-Travels Back to 1954 to Find Out

    The National Weather Service predicts that the temperature will hit 108 degrees this afternoon. That's only a few degrees more than 105, which we've lived through plenty of times, but 108 seems more significant somehow, maybe because the last time it was ever this hot in St. Louis was back in July o ... 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 28, 2012

    Ryan Madson Injured: The Reds Lose Their Closer for the Season

    ​Ryan Madson, the biggest offseason free agent acquisition for the Cincinnati Reds, has a torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL), and will miss the entirety of the 2012 season as he recovers from having Tommy John surgery. Madson has spent the last nine seasons -- the whole of his career, in fa ... More >>

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    January 30, 2012

    Roy Oswalt: The Dream That Just Won't Die

    ​​Oswalt wearing the uniform of his last team, the Phillies. I always thought those two were just a terrible fit for each other. ​I've been very skeptical of the Cardinals and Roy Oswalt as a match for quite some time now. It's not that I don't think Oswalt would be a really nice add for the R ... More >>

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    December 15, 2011

    Cardinals Reportedly Close to Signing JC Romero

    Nope, wrong J.C. Though, I suppose there's a fairly good chance at some point during the 2012 season we'll all be screaming, "Jesus Christ, Romero!" after he walks the one and only hitter he was brought in to face. ​It looks like the Cardinals are close to bringing in a second left-handed reliever ... More >>

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    October 31, 2011

    Can the Cards Survive the Deadly Ex-Cubs Factor? [UPDATED]

    Do the Cardinals need one of these?​Update October 31: It turns out they can! (It was proven in 2008 when the Rays lost to the Phillies that minor-leaguers do count as ex-Cubs.) Which means...if the Ex-Cubs curse has been broken, is the Curse of the Goat far behind? Dare we say -- Cubs in 2012 ... More >>

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    October 26, 2011

    Eat the Cardinals' Rally Squirrel!

    Screenshot via​During Game 4 of the division series between the Cardinals and the Phillies, what is quite possibly the greatest instant replay of all time was filmed on local soil. That's right -- the priceless footage of our hometown Rally Squirrel bopping across home plate and fleeing into t ... More >>

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    October 17, 2011

    The Starters Still Suck, But the Cardinals are Moving On

    This was the Mariners' bullpen car in 1982, back when baseball still had cool things like bullpen cars. No, this isn't really related to the Cards' current bullpen, but I've been waiting to use this picture forever. ​​The most improbable postseason run I can ever recall isn't ready to end just y ... More >>

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    October 13, 2011

    Cardinals' Bullpen Comes Through In Big Way

    La Russa kept the phone to the bullpen busy last night. It paid off.​Well, it wasn't quite the brilliant matchup of ace starters I think most of us were anticipating, but it'll do. Yovani Gallardo, ace of the Milwaukee Brewers, allowed thirteen baserunners, making it somewhat shocking the Car ... More >>

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    October 13, 2011

    5 Keys to Cardinals' Game 3 Win in NLCS

    The rally towels were out in force last night.​Unlike Chris Carpenter's last start, when he carried the Cardinals in a 1-0 shutout over the Phillies to advance to the NLCS, the clubhouse ace would require a team effort last night. He got it in a big first inning of production from Redbird batters ... More >>

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    October 5, 2011

    Phillies 3, Cardinals 2: Missed Opportunities and One Very Bad Decision

    ​If you're surprised it was a double play that broke the Cardinals' collective back, then you just haven't been paying attention. The story of the season -- the historic number of double plays the Cards have grounded into this year -- popped up once again, killing an eighth inning bases loade ... More >>

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    September 29, 2011

    Last Night's Cardinals Game Breaks Viewership Record

    ​The Cardinals' improbable entrance into the playoffs yesterday wasn't just one for the MLB record books. It was also a record-setting day for St. Louis television. At the risk of stepping on Dan Caesar's toes, Fox Sports Midwest just tweeted Daily RFT to report the news: Yesterday's Cardinals-Ast ... More >>

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    July 20, 2011

    Should the Cardinals Be In On Ubaldo Jimenez?​The latest scuttlebutt all over the baseball trade landscape has Dan O'Dowd, manager of the Colorado Rockies, shopping his young ace Ubaldo Jimenez. Unsurprisingly, the Yankees have been mentioned prominently, along with pretty much every other big-time contending team with a ... More >>

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    June 20, 2011

    Latest Use for Ballpark Village: Military Staging Ground

    An alert reader just emailed Daily RFT the following image of Ballpark Village taken today. Don't know about you, but I don't see in this photo the dazzling display of commercial, retail and residential space that the Cardinals ownership has promised to bring to the site the past five years. ​So, ... More >>

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    May 11, 2011

    La Russa Sidelined for Five More Games as Cardinals Manager Recuperates From Shingles

    Joe Pettini, interim manager​The Cardinals announced last night that manager Tony La Russa will miss the remainder of the team's road trip this week. La Russa had been expected to return to the team today after taking a day off Tuesday to recover from a nasty case of shingles (evidenced here) that ... More >>

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    May 3, 2011

    George Vecsey on "Prince of New York" Stan Musial

    ​Veteran New York Times sports columnist George Vecsey will be at O'B Clark's in Brentwood next Thursday night, May 12, for a signing party of his new book Stan Musial: An American Life. (The event is sponsored by Left Bank Books.) Yesterday he took some time out from his tour to talk to Daily ... More >>

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    March 11, 2011

    Deja-Vu All Over Again: Berra Takes Another Tumble

    ​St. Louis son Yogi Berra briefly checked into a Florida hospital yesterday after taking a backward fall in the visitor's clubhouse at the Philadelphia Phillies spring training complex, according to a New York Times report. But the legend is fine. The 85-year-old Berra stumbled after his sne ... 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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    June 28, 2010

    The Cardinals Weekend Review: A Royal Letdown

    This Royal did NOT start against the Cardinals over the weekend; however, I'm convinced he could have thrown six shutout without much of a problem. ​So the 2010 edition of the I-70 series went about as poorly as one could possibly imagine. The Cardinals managed to lose two of three, Aaron Miles pl ... More >>

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    March 24, 2010
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    March 16, 2010

    The Ever-Prickly Tony La Russa Grows Pricklier By the Day

    ​Jeez, Tony, take a chill pill, will you? Give it a break. Smell the roses. Your rants and raves have grown old and tired. At issue, of course, is Temperamental Tony's latest flameout, chronicled this morning in the Post-Dispatch by Cardinals beat writer Joe Strauss. Tony La ... More >>

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    March 15, 2010

    Trade Rumor: Albert Pujols to Philly for Ryan Howard

    Could Ryan Howard be returning to his hometown of St. Louis? ​That's the speculation over at, where the sports network says the Philadelphia Phillies are discussing the possibility of swapping Howard for Pujols. The two first basemen are the same age and put up gaudy offensive numbers -- ... More >>

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    December 14, 2009

    What the Hell are the Astros Thinking?

    I really, really don't get it. The Houston Astros just keep making these bizarre decisions, and I've finally given up trying to figure it all out. The Lance Berkman Fan Club isn't happy about this post, but they feel it needs to be said. ​The most recent onslaught of craziness came just last ... More >>

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    October 20, 2009

    The Year of the Collapsing Closer

    ​When people look back at the Yankees' 2009 World Series Championship (it's going to happen, sadly; get used to the idea), there will be talk of Alex Rodriguez finally breaking through and becoming the clutch genius we all knew he had locked away inside him, or Derek Jeter leading the Yanks to the ... More >>

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    October 8, 2009

    Post-Season Throwdown: What They're Saying in New York, Denver, Minneapolis

    ​Coming off the three-hour, 54-minute letdown last night in Los Angeles, there's nothing we want more than to look ahead to this afternoon's Game 2 start time of 5:07 p.m. and put Matt Holliday's plate failures and Chris Carpenter's perplexing inability to find the outside of the plate behind us.T ... 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 14, 2009

    Philadelphia Sports Hooligans Finally Have Player They Can Call Their Own: Michael Vick

    Vick gives a "Philly Hello" to his new teammates.​Personally I was hoping Michael Vick would be picked up by the Cleveland Browns. Can you imagine anything better than the a man convicted of operating a dog-fighting ring jumping into the Brown's "Dawg Pound" after a touch down? The scene would&nbs ... More >>

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    July 22, 2009
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    April 6, 2009

    My Cardinals: Will Leitch, Blogger Superhero

    Opening Day is finally here. Winter has loosened its grip on our little corner of the world (well, sort of, anyway), and spring is beginning to bloom. Our annual ritual of renewal and rebirth is a few scant moments away, after the months of waiting impatiently for it to arrive. I could giv ... More >>

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    January 6, 2009

    J.C. Romero is Being Screwed

    Hey, I'll bet you don't know who J.C. Romero is, do you? Well, that's okay, because he's not the sort of person you're likely to hear about on a daily basis. Hell, even if your job happens to consist of writing about sports, you would probably only qualify for "passing familiar" status with regards ... More >>

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    November 20, 2008

    2008 MVP Albert Pujols Shafted by the Media -- Again

    They're at it again. On Monday, November 17, the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) announced that Albert Pujols had won the 2008 National League Most Valuable Player Award. The announcement was followed, of course, by a spirited round of bleating from the sports press -- who are, let ... More >>

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    October 20, 2008

    What If: The Cardinals Acquire San Diego Ace Jake Peavy

    Ah, the sweet taste of victory. The Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Red Sox, slayed the evil giant, felled the mighty ogre, whatever analogy you like. However you wish to say it, the Rays are your American League champions for the year of 2008. Congratulations to Tampa Bay, and congratulations to thei ... More >>

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    October 13, 2008

    Nomar Back in Spotlight for NLCS

    You know, I was watching the Dodgers and Phils play Sunday night, and in between all of the headhunting and the baseball-fighting (baseball-fighting is a very interesting style of fighting which consists largely of men leaning against each other while shouting and acting as if invisible hands are ho ... More >>

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    July 18, 2008

    Baseball Card of the Week: Kyle Lohse Rookie Card

    It's Friday in the Gateway City, and you all know what that means. It's time again for our Baseball Card of the Week here at the Rundown. In honor of Kyle Lohse becoming the Cardinals' first twelve-game winner of the year last night, I'm bringing you a card from my own personal collection.

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    July 15, 2008

    Now for the Bad News About the Cardinals

    Yesterday, I took a look at some of the biggest positives from the first half of the season. And really, it's been mostly positive so far. A team that no one really gave any chance of competing has reached the All-Star break in second place in the division, and is leading the wild card race. All g ... More >>

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    July 11, 2008

    Cardinals at the Crossroads

    You know, so far this season, the new Cardinals GM has led a pretty charmed life. True, John Mozeliak did inherit a mess of a front office at the beginning of his tenure. He did some nice work with that situation, moving quickly to restore harmony and begin healing the rifts between various factio ... More >>

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    July 9, 2008

    Mark Mulder Pitches Tonight, and a Contest!

    Well, the Cardinals did what I had no faith they could do last night. They beat Cole Hamels, one of the most talented young pitchers in the game, with Joel Pineiro on the mound in the Phillies' park. Pineiro was masterful, riding a sharp sinker and tight slider to a shutout performance. The few ti ... More >>

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    June 18, 2008
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    June 16, 2008

    Concussion Could Knock Molina from All-Star Contention

    Sunday's win was a costly one. Just the most recent in a seemingly endless line of costly games, in fact. When Yadier Molina took a low throw from Chris Duncan and spun to tag out Eric Bruntlett of the Philadelphia Phillies -- before Bruntlett could touch home plate -- all of St. Louis held its co ... More >>

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    April 7, 2008

    Lance Berkman Is Fat Elvis: A Houston Astros Primer

    If You Ever Get to Houston… Tonight the Cardinals begin their first road trip of the year. First stop: Houston, where they take on the new-look Astros. They play tonight, and at 7:05 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Houston ballclub that will take the field tonight is not the Astros team we've ... More >>

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    April 7, 2008

    Lance Berkman Is Fat Elvis: A Houston Astros Primer

    If You Ever Get to Houston… Tonight the Cardinals begin their first road trip of the year. First stop: Houston, where they take on the new-look Astros. They play tonight, and at 7:05 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Houston ballclub that will take the field tonight is not the Astros team we've ... More >>

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    November 28, 2007

    Hopelessly Devoted

    "I loved Ned Garver. He was [the Browns'] best pitcher in the '50s. He won 20 games in 1951, but the team lost 100."

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    December 23, 1998

    Black and Blue

    An anthology of African-American writing on St. Louis paints a bleak portrait of the city

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