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Ryan Ludwick

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    April 2, 2013

    Five Great Walkup Songs That Baseball Needs Now

    Do you know why Lance Berkman was, empirically speaking, the single most badass Cardinal of the past decade? (Yes, empirically. It's been scientifically proven.) No, it wasn't the awesome soundbites he routinely handed out, or the wicked sense of humor. On-field exploits? Ha! Don't make me laugh. ... More >>

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    August 16, 2011

    Jon Jay and The Curse of a Starting Job

    Jon Jay: Looks like a greater starter until he actually is.​Last year at the trade deadline, the Cardinals got rid of one of their most productive, talented offensive players -- an outfielder -- in search of pitching help. They felt confident moving Ryan Ludwick in the three-team deal with the Cle ... More >>

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    May 24, 2011

    Game Notes: Cardinals 3, Padres 1, May 23

    commons.wikimedia.orgA sight that used to be so common, but has been a bit rare of late. ​Ladies and gentlemen, our long national nightmare is over. Albert Pujols has hit a home run. Sure, that may not seem like the biggest deal; I remember a time when Albert Pujols hitting a home run wa ... 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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    September 16, 2010

    The Ryan Ludwick Deal in Hindsight

    commons.wikimedia.org​Ryan Ludwick is coming back to St. Louis, y'all! Okay, so he's not coming back the way you're probably hoping. He'll just be coming back to play against the Cardinals as part of a San Diego Padres team which suddenly finds itself in the midst of a fight for its playoff l ... More >>

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    August 5, 2010

    Cardinal Trade Targets From the Department of Dumb Ideas

    A bad idea, but way more fun than these others. ​Okay, so I know things aren't great around here in Cardinal country just right now. The team is scuffling, the injuries are piling up, and we're all still a little peeved over Ryan Ludwick being traded. And I also know, given the time of year, that ... More >>

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    August 3, 2010

    Jake Westbrook's Cardinal Debut: Random, Random Thoughts

    Okay, so it's a picture of a riot in LA, not Detroit. Still, it's too funny to pass up, because these people are looting a Payless Shoes, which is actually more expensive than shopping at a Payless. ​I think we can all safely say this: last night totally wasn't Jake Westbrook's fault. That's ... More >>

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    July 31, 2010

    Cardinals Trade Ryan Ludwick in Three-Team Deal

    commons.wikimedia.org​According to various and sundry sources, the Cardinals have completed a three-team deal with the San Diego Padres and Cleveland Indians that will send Ryan Ludwick to the Padres and bring Jake Westbrook to the Cards. At first blush, I really liked this deal, thought it w ... More >>

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    July 1, 2010

    Albert Pujols: The Weight of Being The Mang

    Remember that pose?​Another series, another bad loss trying to go for a sweep. It would be funny if it weren't so frustrating. The deciding moment of the game yesterday was a telling one, a moment that for me summed up nearly everything that's been wrong with this season. It was the bottom of ... 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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    May 25, 2010

    Tuesday Tussle: Part 1, Albert Pujols Was Right To Tell Off Tony La Russa

    Image sourceTLR and El Hombre just needed some space after Friday's game against the Angels​The Cardinals were up by four runs in the eighth-inning of Friday night's game against the Angels when Tony La Russa's meddling finally made Albert Pujols snap. With two outs, the manager ordered Ryan Ludwi ... More >>

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    May 25, 2010

    Tuesday Tussle: Part 2, There's No Crying (or Gum Violence) in Baseball, Mr. Pujols

    You talkin' to me!? How dare you!​If you haven't heard by now, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa had the audacity to ,um, manage his team Friday night. It didn't sit well with Albert Pujols. With Pujols up to bat in the eighth inning with two outs, La Russa had Ryan Ludwick attempt to steal second b ... More >>

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    May 20, 2010

    St. Louis Cardinals Twitter Accounts You Should Follow

    ​Keep up on the latest 140-character bursts of news, humor and statistics related to the St. Louis Cardinals on Twitter with this list of accounts you should follow, curated by the RFT staff. The tweeters below are all real people with opinions and we've excluded those Twitter accounts that simply ... More >>

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    May 13, 2010

    Is McGwire to Blame for Cardinals' Lack of Offensive? The Numbers Don't Suggest It

    So a little over a month into the season, the Cardinals' pitching, particularly the starting pitching, has been absolutely exquisite, while the offense has been, um, let's see...what's the opposite of exquisite? Maybe not the opposite, actually; how about something that's well short of exquisite but ... More >>

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    May 7, 2010

    The Philadelphia Story: A Progress Report One Month In

    ​It was supposed to be the Cardinals' measuring stick for the young season, this trip to Philadelphia. Up until now the Cards had looked like the 700-pound red gorilla of old, stomping on opponents left and right and running up a big lead over the rest of a mediocre division. Going to Philly, thou ... More >>

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    October 7, 2009

    Back In the Saddle (Hopefully, Anyway)

    For the past couple of weeks, I've been feeling really kind of rough. Not sick, necessarily, but just not all that well. Every few days, I would feel a little better, but then the next day it would be right back down. I had a hell of a time mustering the wherewithall to complete much of anything. No ... More >>

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    October 5, 2009

    Rockies vs. Cardinals 9/27/09: The Photographer Who Caught the Catch That Probably Wasn't

    ​In just a moment we're going to hear from Craig Welling, a Denver blogger who snapped a photograph that was the source of much argument and consternation around the Interwebs last week.First, some background. On Tuesday RFT sports blogger Aaron Schafer dipped into a brewing controversy surro ... More >>

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    October 5, 2009

    Rockies vs. Cardinals 9/27/09: The Photographer Who Caught the Catch That Probably Wasn't

    ​In just a moment we're going to hear from Craig Welling, a Denver blogger who snapped a photograph that was the source of much argument and consternation around the Interwebs last week.First, some background. On Tuesday RFT sports blogger Aaron Schafer dipped into a brewing controversy surr ... 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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    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 17, 2009

    Tigers at Cardinals: Anatomy of a Beatdown

    Sunday night, the Cardinals played the Cleveland Indians on ESPN and were dominated. Not just beaten, but absolutely humiliated by the sinister wizardry of one Clifford Lee. Last night, that same Cardinal squad blew Justin Verlander right off the field, with five runs in a mere four innings. I think ... 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 29, 2009

    Baseball Card of the Week: Ryan Ludwick

    The time has come. The time is now. Tonight we witness The Return. Well, actually, those capital letters may be a little misleading. See, Ryan Ludwick is coming off the DL tonight, which is a pretty damned dramatic thing. However, seeing as how this team seems to constantly be welcoming some playe ... More >>

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    May 26, 2009

    Roster Problems

    Yesterday afternoon, we saw what was, in my ever so humble opinion, the best start so far this year from a Cardinal go to waste. Chris Carpenter deserves some apologies, and a better outcome next time out. The question, of course, is how do you get him a better outcome next time? 

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    April 15, 2009

    Brendan Ryan? Over Ryan Ludwick? Really?

    So I'll go ahead and ask it. The question that has to be on the mind of every single Cardinal fan in the city this morning, after last night's loss to Arizona.Brendan Ryan? Over Ryan Ludwick? Really? Brendan Ryan with the Springfield Redbirds.I was watching the game last night, listening to Dan ... More >>

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    April 1, 2009
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    March 6, 2009

    The Cardinals' Missing Millions: Gordon Gaffes on Team Payroll in Column

    You know, I ordinarily try to avoid putting too much weight into anything I read about baseball in the mainstream media, non-Derrick Goold division. It just seems like if you want even halfway competent analysis on the sport, you have to look at a baseball-only outlet these days. Not sure why, but t ... More >>

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    February 26, 2009

    Top 10 Stories about the 2009 St. Louis Cardinals

    Spring training is officially underway, with real, no-foolin' games being played and everything. The beginning of a long, twisty road that leads through summer and into autumn, hopefully ending late in October with a nice, new piece of hardware to add to the trophy case at Busch Stadium.At the very ... More >>

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    February 17, 2009

    Cardinals Avoid Getting Stuck In the Middle with Arbitration for Ludwick, Ankiel

    Well, the Cardinals managed to get both of their high-profile cases under contract and they didn't have to go to arbitration on either one. With the announcement yesterday that the Cards and Ryan Ludwick have come to terms on a one-year deal, thus avoiding arbitration, the Cardinals have manage ... More >>

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    November 26, 2008
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    November 25, 2008

    Awards Time: The Best of the Cardinals and the Cardinal Blogs

    I've spoken in the past of the United Cardinal Bloggers project, I know. Well, see, it's the time of year when those of us who take part in such things all gather 'round the flickering monitor screen and take a vote. We vote on things large and small, exquisite and banal. And then, when all the vote ... More >>

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    November 17, 2008

    Albert Pujols, Kevin Slaten, Ryan Ludwick and the '08 MVP

    Well, the writers got it right. Hallelujah. And yet, even as I celebrate Albert Pujols winning his supremely deserved second MVP Award, I still just can't let go and simply be happy about the results. Even thought Jack is wearing this shirt for Kobe, it's still pretty cool. I bet he's a Pujol ... More >>

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    August 6, 2008

    Watching Cardinals' Bullpen is Second-Worst Pain Ever

    You know, I had planned on writing about Chris Carpenter's return to the mound this morning. I had planned on writing about Manny Ramirez making his ridiculous way to St. Louis. Instead of all that, though, I would like to tell you a little story. One of my earliest -- and, unfortunately, most viv ... More >>

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    July 14, 2008

    Four Positive Notes for the Cardinals at the All-Star Break

    Ah, the All-Star break. That special time of the year when we all huddle up together around the television with a big bowl of popcorn and listen to Chris Berman make an ass of himself calling the Home Run Derby and then watch one of the biggest farces in all of sports. That's right, everybody! We th ... 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 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 27, 2008

    We Try to Figure Out the Role of a Bench Coach

    Dear friends, I am a student of the minutiae of baseball. The devil is in the details, they say, and surely they are right when speaking of the game of baseball. The tiniest actions, taking on such huge meaning, deciding the outcome of entire contests. Absolutely fascinating. stlcardinals.com He ... More >>

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    June 2, 2008

    Troy Glaus Will Complete Cardinals' Offense

    So far this season, we've seen some definite surprises, most of them positive. Ryan Ludwick, even counting his last few games, has been one of the best hitters in all of baseball. If you saw that coming, you're probably a liar, or should be playing the lottery more often. mlb.com Troy Glaus Th ... More >>

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    May 29, 2008

    Izturis' Triple Tells Us of the '08 Cardinals

    I can tell you everything you need to know about the 2008 Cardinals, and it will only take one at-bat to do so. Please allow me to set the scene. Bottom of the fourth inning Wednesday night against the Houston Astros. One out. mlb.com Cesar Izturis Leading off the inning, Yadier Molina had sin ... 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 20, 2008
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    May 9, 2008
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    May 9, 2008

    Cards Blog: Pujols Finally Gets Some Rest

    Yesterday afternoon, right about 3 p.m. St. Louis time, a tremendous explosion was heard in downtown Denver, Colorado. Local officials, fearing the worst, visions of a terrorist attack in their heads, responded to the apparent source of the sound, Coors Field. Upon reaching the stadium, they were sh ... More >>

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    April 18, 2008

    Cards Blog: An Inning-By-Inning Soap Opera

    On Thursday afternoon, the Cardinals played the finale of a three game series against the Brewers. I was lucky enough to score some free tickets, and, being the intrepid reporter that I am, I'm taking it upon myself to record my thoughts on the game. Come along with me, your eyes and ears to the wor ... More >>

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    April 18, 2008

    Cards Blog: An Inning-By-Inning Soap Opera

    On Thursday afternoon, the Cardinals played the finale of a three game series against the Brewers. I was lucky enough to score some free tickets, and, being the intrepid reporter that I am, I'm taking it upon myself to record my thoughts on the game. Come along with me, your eyes and ears to the wor ... More >>

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    April 11, 2008

    Simply Offensive: The Cardinals' Attack

    Just the type of loss that the Cardinals need to avoid, and just the kind I'm afraid we may see more of. With the fortunes of the National League Central looking stronger so far this year, if the Cardinals have any chance of seriously contending this season, they need to take advantage of their ... More >>

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    April 11, 2008

    Simply Offensive: The Cardinals' Attack

    Just the type of loss that the Cardinals need to avoid, and just the kind I'm afraid we may see more of. With the fortunes of the National League Central looking stronger so far this year, if the Cardinals have any chance of seriously contending this season, they need to take advantage of their ... More >>

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    June 29, 2007

    Lunar Ass Toy, Anyone?

    Is Unreal the only one who flashes to images of sci-fi monsters upon hearing the name Mike Maroth? The new Cardinal hurler’s surname is just a quick anagram away from Mothra -- the gigantic lepidopteran that gobbled up scores of Japanese villagers during a run of 1960s schlock thrillers. (One ca ... More >>

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    June 29, 2007

    Lunar Ass Toy, Anyone?

    Is Unreal the only one who flashes to images of sci-fi monsters upon hearing the name Mike Maroth? The new Cardinal hurler’s surname is just a quick anagram away from Mothra -- the gigantic lepidopteran that gobbled up scores of Japanese villagers during a run of 1960s schlock thrillers. (One ca ... More >>

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