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Carlos Beltran REALLY likes playing in St. Louis...

Beltran spent a few minutes with the media before his scheduled autograph session at Winter Warm-Up today. It didn't take long for the conversation to turn to his contract year and potential future plans. "Honestly, what is ahead," Beltran said, "Only...  [Posted on January 21, 2013 11:57 AM]

A Quick Minute with Daniel Descalso...

A small structural change from last year: The Cardinals are bringing each player through the curtain and down the corridor to talk with the trainer before or after their sessions. As a result, Daniel Descalso wandered down the hall and...  [Posted on January 21, 2013 9:34 AM]

Michael Wacha: Sometimes we forget...

Michael Wacha put together a man-like season last year, his first experience with pro ball, and finished a partial season with Double-A Springfield and their impressive championship run. Yesterday, he found himself at the Cardinals' annual Winter Warm-Up function, standing...  [Posted on January 20, 2013 2:01 PM]

Checkin' in from Winter Warm-Up in the STL...

Less than ten players in and already it's clear this Cardinals team is not what we're used to seeing. After the 2011 season, the St.Louis Cardinals were hounded by media types from all corners. Late night talk shows, national sports networks,...  [Posted on January 19, 2013 2:13 PM]

A Look At The Royals

I'm safely back in Arkansas and look forward to taking up the blogging reins soon, perhaps tomorrow.  Lots of stuff to cover!  Until then, though, Rodney and Ryan had a bit of trouble getting their post up and so I...  [Posted on June 16, 2012 7:56 PM]

Series Preview: St. Louis Cardinals Host the Kansas City Royals

Kansas City Royals (27 - 34) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (33 - 31)An intrastate rivalry renews this weekend as the Royals and Cardinals meet up in St. Louis for their annual I-70 series in interleague play.Last year, the Cardinals took...  [Posted on June 15, 2012 3:42 PM]

Blue Chips Among the Red Birds: Solid Fantasy Baseball Players on the St. Louis Cardinals

Certain Cardinals players have stepped up their game and as such are providing fantasy baseball owners with some great options.  [Posted on June 14, 2012 2:25 PM]

The Cubs, the Cardinals, and the Natural Duality of the Only Baseball Rivalry that Matters

By Stevo-sama "The Baseball Enthusiast"     Most of us are familiar to the concept of "Yin yang," a tenet of Asian philosophy that attempts to describe the intense relationship of opposite forces and their interdependency in the natural world. ...  [Posted on June 14, 2012 11:07 AM]

Carlos Beltran Nears Exclusive 300-300-2,000 Club

Guest post by Corey Noles of Balls & StrikesOne St. Louis Cardinal is rapidly making his way toward a rather exclusive club this season. Carlos Beltran is within hitting distance, no pun intended, of the 300-300-2000 club.This status is reserved...  [Posted on June 14, 2012 7:46 AM]

Around the NL Central: Cincinnati Reds

Hi folks, guest blogger Shawn Weaver filling in for Daniel this afternoon. The illustrious Mr. Shoptaw has asked me to write about my own favorite team, the Cincinnati Reds, as an educational tool for you Cardinals fans.  I usually write...  [Posted on June 13, 2012 4:56 PM]

The St. Louis Cardinals - An Appreciation

by Michael Jawitz, AKA: Grubby Glove.   I've has a soft spot in my heart for the St. Louis Cardinals since 1962. Whether looking back through baseball history or watching the current season unfold, it's been easy to pull for...  [Posted on June 12, 2012 10:16 AM]

Kenny and Me

From the clacking Royal typewriter of Mystery Ball '58's Jeff Polman comes a few memorable moments of Ken Boyer.  [Posted on June 11, 2012 12:55 AM]

Cardinals Update

Hi all,My name is Matt and I am the guest blogger for Saturday, June 9, 2012. I would like to thank Daniel for this opportunity to be a guest blogger and wish him safe travels and good times on vacation....  [Posted on June 9, 2012 5:44 PM]

Series Preview: Indians @ Cardinals

Good afternoon C70 readers! This is Nino Colla of The Tribe Daily bringing you a Cardinals/Indians series preview with Daniel out on vacation. If you are interested in reading more of what I have to offer you can check out...  [Posted on June 8, 2012 12:48 PM]

You didn't ask, but I have a few things I'd like to say to you

Hello, Cardinals fans. This is James from Astros County, your Neighborhood Astros Blog & Grill. I doubt Daniel will let me do this again this season, so let's get a couple of things out of the way:1. Thank you for...  [Posted on June 7, 2012 4:58 PM]

Bobblehead Days: St. Louis Cardinals

Good morning, C70 readers! As Daniel told you a few days ago, he's on vacation, and I have the wonderful honor of batting leadoff for this year's guest blogger lineup. My name is Justin Jabs, I'm a big Chicago Cubs...  [Posted on June 7, 2012 11:01 AM]

Pujols and TLR Gone, but Winter Warm-Up Core Remains...

By Kevin Reynolds   As I entered the Hyatt, all-together too early but much too excited to stay away any longer, the first signs of Winter Warm-Up were immediately apparent.   Cardinal fans stood in the lobby at least an...  [Posted on February 21, 2012 2:03 PM]

Carlos Beltran Bits from WWU...

A few quick bits from Carlos Beltran in media scrum at Winter Warm-Up:* He will wear number 3 for the Cardinals. Says family wishes factored into decision.* Carlos says, "Lance called me...recruited me. I also talked to Holliday. It's gonna'...  [Posted on January 16, 2012 1:46 PM]

David Freese says 2012 will be different for him...

Last year David Freese saw his season start with various levels of concern focused on his surgically repaired ankles. As a result, he saw the number of games he was scheduled to play limited from day one. Add to that...  [Posted on January 16, 2012 1:17 PM]

Matheny views Cards as a "well-rounded" / "pitching club"...

After taking what has been a decidedly offensive club the last several years under Tony La Russa - at times, at the expense of specific defensive sacrifices - it's natural to assume a 4-time gold glove winner behind the plate...  [Posted on January 16, 2012 12:08 PM]

Allen Craig's knee may have influenced last out of WS...

Allen Craig met with the media briefly this morning before his signing session. He indicated that although he has started working out, he's not getting ahead of himself."I'm not running yet," he said. "That wasn't part of the plan at...  [Posted on January 16, 2012 11:05 AM]

John Mozeliak: Man of the People

One would think a man who manages a $110 million payroll and just won perhaps the most improbable World Series Championship in history would be a bit cold...calculating...cautious.Not so with John Mozeliak. The man recently named "Executive of the Year"...  [Posted on January 15, 2012 9:10 AM]

Bits from the Winter Warm-Up: 1.14.12

Just a few bits and bytes from the morning of the 14th at the Winter Warm-Up:Zack Cox* "I don't really know how much I showed in camp last year, but I got the experience. Experience is a lot of it."*...  [Posted on January 14, 2012 10:28 PM]

Ryan Jackson and Ozzie Smith...?

The St. Louis Cardinals have recently found success in drafting or trading for prospects and eventually turning them into Big League success stories. Albert Pujols. Yadier Molina. Adam Wainwright. Jaime Garcia. David Freese. Allen Craig. The list continues to grow,...  [Posted on January 14, 2012 8:31 PM]

The...Chaos?...Before the Storm name's Kevin. Perhaps you've heard of me. I'm the man that won the Lottery...well, it feels that way, anyway.When Daniel asked me to cover the Winter Warm-Up for C70 at the Bat with "honest to goodness" press credentials, it...  [Posted on January 13, 2012 12:25 AM]

Guest book review: THE CAPTAIN: The Journey of Derek Jeter

Ian O'Connor draws on extensive reporting and unique access to Derek Jeter that has spanned some 15 years to reveal how a biracial kid from Michigan became New York's most beloved sports figure and the enduring symbol of the steroid-free athlete.  [Posted on June 17, 2011 3:01 PM]

Why the Royals and Cardinals envy each other: a series preview

Life and sports run in cycles. The weekend series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals will showcase two teams at very different points in their respective cycles. The Royals would certainly like to be where the...  [Posted on June 17, 2011 2:54 PM]

Matt Holliday is the Calvary?

Daniel has graciously turned over the keys to me for the day, and as I understand it, I am the first female writer to be featured over here at C70 at the Bat. Why he picked me, I'll never know,...  [Posted on June 16, 2011 7:05 AM]

Fantasy Baseball DOs and DON'Ts: St. Louis Cardinals Edition

Just because Daniel Shoptaw is on vacation doesn't mean you still can't get your daily dose of Daniel. Aubain, that is. I was honored to be invited to guest post and bring a little of what I do to a...  [Posted on June 15, 2011 7:00 AM]

Series Preview: Cardinals at Washington Nationals

Continuing the theme of "Guest Blogger Week", my name is David Nichols, editor of Nats News Network, a credentialed independent website dedicated to the constructive criticism of the Washington Nationals. You can keep up with us on our Facebook page...  [Posted on June 14, 2011 12:26 PM]

The State of the Cardinals - No Worries, Mates

For the first time in quite a while, the St. Louis Cardinals are not in first place in the National League Central. Uh oh. Everyone brought a pail? No, folks. You don't have to start bailing water yet. The Milwaukee...  [Posted on June 13, 2011 10:31 PM]

Back of Cardinals Pen is Saving the Day

-My name is Jonathan C. Mitchell and I will be continuing the guest posts here as thee Daniel Shoptaw is away on vacation. I thank him for allowing me to guest write on his site. You can also find me writing over...  [Posted on June 13, 2011 8:54 AM]

Series Preview: Cardinals at Brewers

Daniel may be gone, but that doesn't mean you guys and gals don't get your Milwaukee series preview.I'm Jaymes Langrehr, and I write for/run, which is (obviously) a blog about the Brewers. But don't shoot! I'm sure we can...  [Posted on June 10, 2011 2:15 PM]

The Cat Is Away

For the second straight year, Mr. Shoptaw has gone away on vacation and asked me, Bill Ivie, to kick off a week of guest spots with some words of wisdom.  [Posted on June 10, 2011 7:00 AM]

The Flagrant Fan - Game Picks - Friday: May 13, 2011

Pardon the intrusion. My home site currently resides in blogger. Blogger has been down now for hours upon hours. And thus I am an orphan. Thanks to C70 At The Bat, at least I have a place to lay my...  [Posted on May 13, 2011 7:54 AM]

Series Preview: St. Louis @ Florida

Hello C70 readers, my name is Michael Jong from fellow BBA blog Marlin Manaic and I will be (late) guest blogging here for Daniel while he is out on vacation. My topic today is the topic I am most concerned...  [Posted on August 6, 2010 7:30 PM]

Decisions, Decisions

The Cardinals need to figure out their identity if they intend to make 2010 a successful year.  [Posted on August 5, 2010 12:18 AM]

The Promising Life and Tragic Death of Austin McHenry

Considered one of the best left fielders in the game after his brilliant 1921 season, Cardinals outfielder Austin McHenry saw his career reach a premature end on July 31, 1922 at the age of 26.  Tragically, he would lose...  [Posted on August 4, 2010 8:15 AM]

The Pennant Race

The 2010 season was supposed to be an easy one for the St. Louis Cardinals.  The Cubs were fading, the Brewers had no pitching, the Reds weren't ready, the Astros had gotten old, and the Pirates, well, they hadn't been...  [Posted on August 3, 2010 12:14 PM]

Setting up this three-game series with the 2011 Astros

Okay, Cardinals fans. This is your friendly Astros blog, Astros County, checking in for a preview of this three-game series between us.  [Posted on August 2, 2010 4:18 PM]

With Two Months Remaining, Cardinals Fight For Playoff Bid

Two months remain in the chase for the NL Central pennant. The Cardinals hold a slim half game advantage over the pursuing Reds. St. Louis was active during the trading season, while Cincinnati stood pat. Clearly Walt Jocketty believes that...  [Posted on August 2, 2010 9:41 AM]

Series Preview: Pirates at Cardinals

Hello Cardinals fans! I'm Brian from, your friendly Pirates blog way down there at the bottom of the standings. Since Daniel's away, he asked me to put together a quick series preview for this weekend's three-game set between the...  [Posted on July 30, 2010 3:44 PM]

While the Cat is away...

Daniel is on Vacation and guest writers begin taking over the site for the week. It all starts here with Bill Ivie from  [Posted on July 30, 2010 1:07 AM]

The View From Houston

Earlier this year, James from Astros County and I agreed to do something to note each series that Houston and St. Louis played against each other.  This time around, it's a blog swap.  You can see my comments over at...  [Posted on August 24, 2009 3:08 PM]

UCB Blog Swap: Passing Up Garland

Today, some of the United Cardinal Bloggers are relieving the monotony of the winter by switching around blogs, and we are encouraging the readers to read them all and guess who is doing the guest writing.  The blogs participating are:Cardinal...  [Posted on January 30, 2009 7:00 AM]

Another Heartbreaker

For the second day in a row the bullpen couldn't protect a lead.  Albert Pujols capped a superior effort in his first game off the DL with an RBI single in the ninth to give the Cardinals a 2-1 lead;...  [Posted on June 27, 2008 9:25 AM]

One Slips Away In The Slop

Cardinals endure a 2 hour, 25 min rain delay and eventually lose 8-7 in the ninth to Detroit.  It's tough to lose a close one, but I would think especially tough to lose after having to keep your focus during...  [Posted on June 26, 2008 10:42 AM]

Not Quite "Lonborg and Champagne", but We'll Take It

This blog's title is a reference to the famous Boston Globe headline before Game 7 of the 1967 World Series.  Jim Lonborg had already beaten the Cardinals twice in that series, throwing 2 complete games, allowing a total of 4...  [Posted on June 25, 2008 10:11 AM]

The World Series Reprise Continues

Before we get to the upcoming series with Detroit, lets pause for a moment and remember Sunday's game.  From all accounts, it was a doozy.  Piniero pitched great; Lester was slightly better.  Paplebon was proven human.  There were clutch hits...  [Posted on June 24, 2008 9:59 AM]

Sometimes, Being Wrong Is OK

Man it's hot.  It's like Africa hot.  Tarzan couldn't take this kind of hot.  Little bit of a heat wave on the west coast.  So naturally I spent my Friday playing in a work softball tournament; 4 games in 6...  [Posted on June 22, 2008 12:48 AM]

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