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    July 24, 2014

    Yadier Molina Leaves Brother Jose a Present on Home Plate, Cracks Himself Up

    Yadier Molina may have broken our hearts when his injured thumb put him on the DL for up to twelve weeks, but he quickly reminded St. Louis Cardinals fans why we love him with a cute little gag at the expense of his brother and Tampa Bay Rays catcher Jose Molina. Before the bottom of the first inni ... More >>

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    July 22, 2014

    Vines Brothers Bring STL Style to St. Louis Cardinals, Modern Family

    The St. Louis Cardinals and Modern Family like to do it in style -- STL Style, that is. This summer, the baseball team with the best fans and the television show with the biggest audience are turning to a small design and print shop in St. Louis for some of their biggest fashion needs. STL Style ow ... 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 25, 2012

    Midseason Reviews for Preseason MLB Team Predictions, In Which I Eat Lots of Crow

    Hey, you guys remember way back when, before the season really got going, and I made a whole bunch of predictions? Sure you do. I predicted MVP winners and Cy Young winners and a bunch of other stuff like that. I predicted stuff for teams, too; stuff like division standings and won/loss records. It ... More >>

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    July 10, 2012

    Trade Target Talkin': How Much for that Pitcher in the Window?

    Chris Carpenter is done for the season. The man be gone, and the man ain't be comin' back. Not in 2012 for sure, and maybe not never no more. Given this grammatically poor but factually accurate state of affairs, the Cardinals' pitching situation looks...well, it looks pretty ugly, to tell you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2012

    Team-by-Team Preseason Predictions: The Cardinals Are Good, But Not Good Enough

    Yesterday I gave my predictions for individual award in the upcoming season. Today we turn our attention to larger matters. Team matters. This season actually promises an entirely new level of intrigue, due to the presence of an extra wild card team from each league. Whether you like the new de ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2012

    Spring Training Brings Out the Amateur Photographer in Baseball's Beat Writers

    Tampa Bay Rays beatwriter Marc Topkin took this beauty.​[UPDATED: See following page]The combination of Twitter and cell phone photography meets its zenith -- and nadir -- in the work of America's baseball beat writers. These reporters have been set free from offices after their long winter naps, ... More >>

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    February 10, 2012

    Keith Law Really, Really Likes the Cards' System

    Get it? 'Cause he's a PROSPECTor? Yeah, I know. I'll try harder next time. Promise. ​Keith Law, prospect guru extraordinaire over at ESPN.com, has released both his top 100 prospect list and his overall organizational rankings over the past few days. The Cardinals, formerly relegated to the lower ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2011

    Baseball's Best Night Ever

    ​I really, really hope everyone out there saw at least part of all the important games played Wednesday night, because chances are we may never see their like again. The 28th of September, 2011 should -- and very possibly will -- go down in history as the single greatest night in the history of ba ... More >>

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    July 12, 2011

    Cardinals' Prospect Carlos Martinez Getting Positive Press

    ​The Futures Game is always one of the most exciting events of the season, for me at least. It's certainly more interesting to me than the home run derby or the pathetic farce the All-Star Game itself has degenerated into. (I'm sorry, but I refuse to say anything nice about the game so long as bas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2010

    Because There's No News to Report in Kansas City, Royals Blogger Makes Some Up

    image viaYou can't tell, but there's a passage from Of Plymouth Plantation under the brim of Crawford's cap.​This is, to put it kindly, not an especially exciting time of year to be a journalist. Especially if you cover baseball. So naturally, it's the perfect time for Kansas City Royals blogg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    Cliff Lee: The Sound of a Paradigm Shifting Without a Clutch

    commons.wikimedia.orgLee in his first go-round as a Phillie. ​In what can only be described as a rather surprising move, Cliff Lee, aka the "Best Left-Handed Pitcher in Baseball At the Moment," spurned the Yankees' big dollars, as well as those of the Texas Rangers, in order to return to the Phila ... More >>

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    December 9, 2010

    Five Picks for Cardinals' Rule 5 Draft

    Players line up to be fawned over and poked at in preparation for the Rule 5 draft. ​Baseball's Winter Meetings will come to an end today, with the annual Rule 5 draft one of the final items on the itinerary. In case you aren't familiar with the Rule 5 draft, here's a decent overview of how it all ... More >>

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    June 18, 2010

    A Seriously Comprehensive Draft Review, Part 2

    In part one, I took a look at the first five rounds of the Cards' draft, as well as the overall breakdown of player by type. This time I'll cover the middlish rounds of the draft, 6-20, and then next time tease out any interesting players who happened to be picked up in the late rounds. ​Afte ... More >>

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    June 7, 2010

    2010 MLB Draft: A Mock Draft You Can Set Your Watch To

    It's Christmas in June! ​Finally, Draft Day is here, and I'm as giddy as a small child the day before Christmas, shaking all the packages and trying to figure out what might be in that really big one with my name on it. Unfortunately, no amount of shaking or clever examination of the boxes is goin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2010

    Steve Phillips, Baseball Broadcater Fired Over St. Louis Tryst, Still Makes Call in MLB 2K10

    Steve Phillips in the broadcast booth.​Steve Philips, the ESPN baseball broadcaster who was let go after it was revealed he slept with an ESPN employee during their stay in St. Louis for the All-Star game, is still making the calls -- in a video game format anyway.Early previews for MLB 2K10 repor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2009

    Akinori Iwamura Traded to Pittsburgh

    What? It's a pirate. It's a story about pirates, and this is a picture of a pirate. Totally justified. ​Stuck here in the doldrums of the early baseball offseason, with only a World Series in which I hate both teams to watch, it's nice to have any little bit of news or movement to talk about.  ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2009

    Russ Springer: An Opportunity Missed?

    Russ Springer was claimed off waivers by the Tampa Bay Rays just the other day, and I can't help but wonder if the Cardinals didn't miss an opportunity by not putting in a claim of their own. Springer, you'll remember, spent both the 2007 and 2008 seasons with the Cardinals, pitching remarkably ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2009

    The Same Old Izzy That We Used to Know

    One of my favorite pastimes is to go over to Fangraphs and look at the win probability charts for baseball games after they end. It's especially fun to look at games in which really wacky things have happened, as the peaks and valleys are often marvels to behold. Never before, though, have I ever s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2009

    Bargain Shopping, the Cardinal Way

    Ah, January. Bringer of frigid temperatures, NFL playoff games, and suicides by the bucketful. The holiday season is officially over. Christmas has come and gone, and the New Year has been rung. Truly, these are the darkest days of all for the retail industry. Thus, one other thing always comes ... More >>

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    November 11, 2008
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    October 27, 2008
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    October 24, 2008

    Baseball Card of the Week: How the Cardinals Could Have Drafted Chase Utley of the Phillies

    Let me tell you all a little story, children. Wait, first, let me paint you a picture. Okay, so I didn't really paint a picture. I did, however, scan and upload a picture, which is essentially the twenty first century version, so there. Do you like the picture? It is of a 2003 Chase Utley ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2008

    Matt Garza Throws Pitch Through Catcher, Wall, Time

    GENEVA, SWITZERLAND -- Scientists working for CERN, the European scientific body responsible for the Large Hadron Collider project, have announced today that they have discovered the source of an anomaly first detected Sunday evening. "What we first suspected to be a miniature, temporary black hol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 17, 2008

    James Shields, Our Only Hope Against Bean Town

    Ah, the Card of the Week. Is there any greater proof that another Friday has finally come to our fair city? If there is, I certainly don't want to know about it. What we have here, in this particular CoTW, is a rallying cry, and a plea for salvation. What we have here is a 2007 James Shields rooki ... More >>

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    July 16, 2008

    Top Ten Off-Field Cardinals Moments of '08

    By AARON SCHAFER (e-mail) Here at The Rundown, we pay a lot of attention to the action on the field. It is kind of our job, after all. But what happens on the field is only part of the story. It's been a busy year for the St. Louis Cardinals, and only a fraction of the action has occurred between ... More >>

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    June 23, 2008

    What Fans Already Knew: A Red Sox vs. Cardinals Review

    The St. Louis Cardinals took two of three from the World Champion Boston Red Sox this weekend. This, after getting swept by the god-awful Kansas City Royals a few days before. I wanted to know if the Cardinals were a team that just played to the level of the competition, and what we saw this weeke ... More >>

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    May 23, 2008

    Dodgers for Dummies: A Series Preview

    Just a short jaunt northward from San Diego go the Cardinals, to take on the Dodgers in the latter half of their West Coast Swing. What they find when they get there, though, will be much further from the Padres than the drive would indicate. Whereas the Padres are a team sinking, falling further ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2008

    Cards Blog: Out of the Slump and on the Road

    The Cardinals finally showed some signs of life the last two games. After slumping badly, losing seven of nine games, they came out on Saturday and Sunday and took the last two games of a three-game series from the Tampa Bay Rays. Of course, that doesn't entirely excuse the fact that they shit t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2008

    Cards Blog: Out of the Slump and on the Road

    The Cardinals finally showed some signs of life the last two games. After slumping badly, losing seven of nine games, they came out on Saturday and Sunday and took the last two games of a three-game series from the Tampa Bay Rays. Of course, that doesn't entirely excuse the fact that they shit t ... More >>

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    May 16, 2008

    Cards Blog: Tampa Bay Rays are Doormats No Longer

    The Tampa Bay Rays have been the laughing stock of baseball for a lot of years. They've annually picked in the top five in the June draft, they've never finished over .500, and they've never had a sniff of contention. No longer. Now that the Rays are in town for their first-ever series in St. L ... More >>

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    May 16, 2008

    Cards Blog: Tampa Bay Rays are Doormats No Longer

    The Tampa Bay Rays have been the laughing stock of baseball for a lot of years. They've annually picked in the top five in the June draft, they've never finished over .500, and they've never had a sniff of contention. No longer. Now that the Rays are in town for their first-ever series in St. L ... More >>

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    April 24, 2008

    And the Top Five Baseball Draft Picks Will Be...

    With the NFL Draft coming up this weekend, and all the surprises seemingly gone from the top teams, let's look ahead to baseball. But first, on the Cardinals game last night: I'll sum up last night's game very succinctly. The offense jumped on Ian Snell early, and then went to sleep. Anthony Reye ... More >>

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    April 24, 2008

    And the Top Five Baseball Draft Picks Will Be...

    With the NFL Draft coming up this weekend, and all the surprises seemingly gone from the top teams, let's look ahead to baseball. But first, on the Cardinals game last night: I'll sum up last night's game very succinctly. The offense jumped on Ian Snell early, and then went to sleep. Anthony Reye ... More >>

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    April 23, 2008

    Cards Blog: Did Milwaukee win Tuesday with an already-traded player?

    On Tuesday morning, Gabe Gross was traded from the Milwaukee Brewers to the Tampa Bay Rays. He then went out and scored the winning run in the Brewers twelve-inning, nine to eight victory over the Cardinals. There's a problem with that. I've yet to come across a hard-and-fast rule that dete ... More >>

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    April 23, 2008

    Cards Blog: Did Milwaukee win Tuesday with an already-traded player?

    On Tuesday morning, Gabe Gross was traded from the Milwaukee Brewers to the Tampa Bay Rays. He then went out and scored the winning run in the Brewers twelve-inning, nine to eight victory over the Cardinals. There's a problem with that. I've yet to come across a hard-and-fast rule that dete ... More >>

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    August 6, 2007
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    April 11, 2007

    A Mathews-Dickey coach does all he can to take black kids out to the ballgame.

    African-American ballplayers are getting rarer than a triple play.

  • Film

    July 20, 2005

    Bears Are Us

    Bad News Bears isn't about baseball. It's about America.

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