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Brayan Pena: The Anti-Carpenter

There was a lot of talk about Matt Carpenter becoming a power hitter this year. There was a lot of praise handed in his direction for dropping some discipline to instead blast 28 home runs to lead a power hungry team. Carpenter’s transition, at least one year in, was a good thing. His K rate did skyrocket, which did lead to some frustration; however his power ended up providing...
Via STLSportsMinute
42 minutes ago  |  Discuss

There Has Been an Awakening

“In reality, they’re a powerhouse.  The Cardinals are the standard in a lot of ways. They’ve built an incredibly healthy baseball organization and a thriving, robust business operation and they combine those things really well. I don’t think they’ve reached their potential yet. I think there isn’t a player in baseball that they couldn’t go [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Appreciate Jason Heyward for what he is

At 26 years old, Jason Heyward is a lot of things. He’s an All-Star, a three-time Gold Glover, a Rookie of the Year runner-up, and likely the best defensive right fielder in all of baseball. What Jason Heyward is not, at least not yet, is the proud owner of an eight- or nine-year contract worth […]
Via Baseball Essential
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals sign Brayan Pena; Is Tony Cruz out?

Jordan Zimmerman’s signing with the Tigers yesterday, might have been the match to light the Hot Stove for this offseason. The St. Louis Cardinals have signed catcher Brayan Pena to a two year deal. The contract is worth a total of $5 million. From what it looks like, Tony Cruz is officially out as the Cardinals back up catcher. However, Mike Matheny has had three catchers on...
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Should the Cardinals have signed Jordan Zimmermann?

Jordan Zimmermann kicked off the season of giving by signing a five year deal with the Detroit Tigers for 110 million dollars. Did the St. Louis Cardinals miss out by not offering that to Zim? While JZ could have struck a fine figure in the Cards rotation, there are plenty of fish out there for John Mozeliak to bring in. The departure of Zimmermann to the AL Central isn’t the end...
Via STLSportsMinute
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Thumbs Up or Down: Cardinals Potential Free Agent Signings

Let’s test out this tool and see if it works. Below is a list of potential free agents that the Cardinals might pursue. Knowing what you know about what these players bring to the table, what need they fill for the team and what you think they want to get paid… give them a thumbs up or down if you’d like to see Mo make it happen. People Lists on Ranker Photo: The Pitch
Via Cardinals Diaspora
1 day ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals: Free agent profiles – Kyle Lohse

If it was not for Lance Lynn’s injury, starting pitching would have never popped up in this series. The injury bug had other ideas, so the St. Louis Cardinals will have to play with the hand that have been given by said injury bug. A rotation that will feature Adam Wainwright, Michael Wacha, Carlos Martinez, and Jaime Garcia is a very formidable rotation. Some may be wondering...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

TCN’s 2016 Cardinals Top 40 Prospect Countdown Begins Monday, 11/30

As the community top prospect voting nears its conclusion, it is time for the 11th annual unveiling of The Cardinal Nation Top 40. As in recent years, your direct participation makes this list unlike any other with the community vote weighted one-third in the overall site ranking. Our consolidated number 40 prospect will be disclosed on Monday morning, November 30, with a new thread...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Jason Heyward Could Hold Up the Entire Free-Agent Class

At 26 years old, Jason Heyward is a rarity. He’s the young All-Star whose team actually let him reach free agency without signing a long-term extension. Heyward hits the open market still in the prime of his youth, and will use that fact, and the dearth of under-30 talent hitting the free-agent market to his […]
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals: What does the future hold for Aledmys Diaz?

First off, Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Hope everyone is enjoying spending time with family, watching some football, and of course all of that delicious food. Even though we are in the always exciting NFL playoff race, it is never too early to talk some St. Louis Cardinals baseball. More specifically, we will be discussing Aledmys Diaz. Mar 21, 2014; Jupiter, FL, USA; St. Louis...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

5 Highlights We’re All Thankful For In 2015

The 2015 season didn’t end particularly well for the St. Louis Cardinals. But over the course of 101 wins in 166 games, the Cardinals did some pretty cool stuff. We went to the tubes and found 5 fond memories from this past summer/fall and posted them below. I think we should be pretty darn thankful that we get to watch the Cardinals each and every summer, right? +++++ 1) Jhonny...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Adams and The Hammer

Elizabeth, N.J. is known to St. Louis Cardinals minor league followers as the birthplace of the organization’s top prospect, currently-suspended 21-year-old right-handed pitcher Alex Reyes. An earlier native of the same New Jersey burg made his mark in the majors as the slugging first baseman-designated hitter of the Kansas City Royals from 1993-1996, Bob Hamelin. Hamelin became...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Randal Grichuk and St. Louis Cardinals Team With Operation Food Search

CARDINALS OUTFIELDER RANDAL GRICHUK AND THE ST. LOUIS CARDINALS HOST SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN WITH OPERATION FOOD SEARCH TO ‘FILL A KID’S PLATE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON’ ST. LOUIS, NOVEMBER 24, 2015 – St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Randal Grichuk and the St. Louis Cardinals are teaming up with Operation Food Search in a social media fundraising campaign [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Things To Be Thankful For As a Cardinals Fan

This time of year, it’s all about tradition.  From now until then end of the calendar year, we’ll do a lot of the same things we’ve always done, get together with the same people we’ve always gotten together with, eat the same foods that we always eat, and expect nothing less, getting irate if things [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals Hot Stove Show Returns on FOX Sports Midwest

FOX Sports Midwest release Cardinals Hot Stove returns to FOX Sports Midwest on Wednesday, Nov. 25, kicking off 15 weeks of Wednesday night St. Louis Cardinals programming on the network. In this week’s show, Jim Hayes goes one on one with GM John Mozeliak and injured starter Lance Lynn. Pat Parris and Rick Horton host, and look back at the 2015 season and ahead at what to expect...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
6 days ago  |  Discuss

A Cardinals Watch That Includes Busch Stadium Dirt

Things are looking up for the 2015 gift giving season. In the past, we’ve been known to highlight the lowlights of Cardinals merchandise that inevitably will end up in some poor saps stocking. But as the shopping season ramps up, we’ve already seen at least one item that’s pretty dope… Watches filled with Busch Stadium dirt. We are so excited to launch these new watches...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals: Q&A with John Mozeliak

Every winter the United Cardinal Bloggers, the group of scrappy analysts that gave me my start two years ago, have the chance to send a few questions to St. Louis Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak. I sent five and got two answers in response. For his complete transcript, you should check out the UCB website next week, but here are what I had to ask of Mo. Jeff Curry / USA...
Via STLSportsMinute
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Sox Are Reportedly Interested In Signing John Lackey

Beckett And LackeyWait a second! According to's Ken Rosenthal, the Red Sox are among six MLB teams that have "checked in" on John Lackey. As you may recall, Lackey had one his best seasons last year for the Cardinals—pitching on the $507, 500 contract arranged by Boston. The  free-agent posted a 13-10 record in 2015—with a stellar 2.77 ERA. The 37-year old workhorse...
Via FenwayNation
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Jason Heyward the right choice for the Cardinals this winter?

The question has loomed since the second his acquisition was announced last November that Jason Heyward had been acquired from the Atlanta Braves: will he resign? The outfielder’s pending free agency has been as popular of a topic as his oft-jaw dropping catches and timely presence at the plate has been. And now with the Cardinals’ season officially in the books, the rumbling...
Via i70baseball
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals add three players from minors to 40-man roster

The St. Louis Cardinals purchased the contracts of three minor league players and added them to their 40-man major league roster, which currently stands at 36, the team announced Thursday. The players are shortstop Aledmys Diaz and left-handed pitcher Dean Kiekhefer from Triple A Memphis and outfielder Charlie Tilson from Double A Springfield. Diaz, 25, split time in 2015 between...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Lou Brock Has Left Leg Amputated Due To Infection Related To Diabetes

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer Lou Brock, a former base-stealing champion, had his left leg amputated below the knee due to an infection related to diabetes. The Cardinals and a longtime friend, Dick Zitzmann, confirmed Wednesday that the 76-year-old Brock had surgery last month. Brock is undergoing therapy at an area hospital and will be fitted for a prosthetic...
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Lance Lynn’s surgery puts the Cardinals rotation in a precarious position

Yesterday, the Cardinals announced the unfortunate news that Lance Lynn would miss the entirety of the 2016 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. It’s a huge blow to what was the best team in the National League in 2015. Lance Lynn saved the Cardinals rotation after Adam Wainwright went down with a season ending injury of his own and they never would have made the Postseason...
Via The Outside Corner
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Jason Heyward did a cool thing no one cares about today

What I like about this little InstaGraphs section is that it allows for plays to be highlighted even if they don’t turn out all that important. Given what the Cubs pulled off Monday, it would be weird to dedicate a whole front-page post to a home run hit by Jason Heyward. Not a lot of people even clearly remember a home run being hit by Jason Heyward. The Cubs did well to smother...
Via Fangraphs
October 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Adam Wainwright criticizes erectile dysfunction ads in MLB playoff coverage

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright had some harsh words for Major League Baseball and its television partners on Friday. Wainwright tweeted the official accounts for MLB and MLB on Fox, critical of the constant ads for erectile dysfunction remedies that are a fixture in commercial breaks. @MLBONFOX @MLB I shouldn't have to turn the...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
October 10, 2015  |  Discuss

John Lackey gets Game One because he is the Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals won 100 regular season games this year and there’s no way to keep that from sounding impressive. They had a fantastic season. No matter how much their record benefited from good timing, the underlying performance was still great. Looking at their runs scored and allowed, they played like a team that would typically win 96 games. Looking at their expected...
Via Fangraphs
October 09, 2015  |  Discuss

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