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Book Review: Connie Mack, The Turbulent & Triumphant Years

As I've mentioned before, the folks at University of Nebraska Press like me.  Which is great, because I don't think any other university's press puts out so many baseball books on such a regular schedule.  I could fill a couple...  [Posted on March 10, 2013 7:34 PM]

I Sense A Disturbance In The Force

Four years ago on Halloween, I dressed up the St. Louis squad in costumes from a galaxy far, far away.  Two years ago, for Star Wars Day (May the fourth, of course), I compared the then-Cardinals to Star Wars characters....  [Posted on October 31, 2012 11:45 AM]

Book Review: One Last Strike

I've had occasion to review a number of books (as you can see if you look through the "book review" tag on this site) but there have been few, if any, that I've been more excited about reading than this...  [Posted on September 23, 2012 6:49 PM]

Book Review: Ozzie's School Of Management

Our last book of the evening is Ozzie's School of Management by Rick Morrissey.  This one was the toughest book I've read in a long while to get through, but that's more likely my sensitivities rather than any slight on...  [Posted on July 27, 2012 11:53 PM]

Wrapping The First Half

Various work-related things have kept me from catching up on the Marlins series that ended the traditional "first half" of the Cardinals series.  Now, for you, the wait is over!Friday (3-2 loss)Hero: It's tough to know who to give...  [Posted on July 10, 2012 6:50 AM]

The Case For David Freese

There are few bloggers I respect more than Pip Philip of Fungoes.  One of the first sabermetrically inclined bloggers that I came across, Pip always puts good thought into his theories and backs them up in ways I wouldn't ever...  [Posted on July 6, 2012 10:00 AM]

Wasted Opportunities

The Cardinals honored Tony La Russa last night, then went out and played a game that, save for the final result, was a game that was pretty much worthy of him.St. Louis fell behind 5-1 after three innings, but kept...  [Posted on May 12, 2012 9:29 AM]

Put Another Number On The Wall

The Cardinals announced yesterday that they would be retiring long-time manager Tony La Russa's number in a special ceremony next Friday.  This is no doubt going to be an interesting topic of discussion for some people.Just a couple of days...  [Posted on May 2, 2012 7:37 AM]

Getting The Work In

It's getting to the part of spring training where the newness of seeing baseball scores and highlights is starting to wear off and you start glancing ahead to Opening Day, when everything starts to actually matter.  So while it...  [Posted on March 20, 2012 7:27 AM]

We Have A Box Score!

Granted, it wasn't the result that Cardinal fans were hoping for to kick off the spring, but just seeing those columns and rows is a beautiful thing.It's easy to want to draw sweeping conclusions from one game, but being...  [Posted on March 6, 2012 7:15 AM]

Cards Continue To Avoid Arbitration

Yesterday, the Cardinals settled their last remaining arbitration case, signing Jason Motte to a one-year, $1.95 million contract.  That figure represented the midpoint between what the club had offered and what Motte had filed for in arbitration.The last time the...  [Posted on January 26, 2012 7:36 AM]

Keeping You Informed: TLR Manages All-Stars

I know, it's been a while.  These dead times are tough to write through, but I probably should make a better effort.Until that happens, though, I can continue to pass around press releases.  This time, Tony La Russa has made...  [Posted on January 24, 2012 3:51 PM]

Cardinal Nation Meets National Capitol

You can definitely turn the page on 2011 now.  The final coda has been completed with the Cardinals making the traditional trip to Washington to meet the president.Personally, I'm not a fan of this administration but for the second time...  [Posted on January 18, 2012 7:59 AM]

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]

More Turnover In St. Louis

It's a rare evening post, but the news that just broke is pretty rare in and of itself.Dave Duncan is either stepping aside permanently or taking a leave of absence, depending on which story you read.  With John Mozeliak quoted...  [Posted on January 5, 2012 9:29 PM]

Putting A Bow On It

I promise, I'm not going to harp on Albert Pujols from now until the beginning of the season.  Odds are, this will be one of the last entries on him, but since he was introduced this weekend as an Anaheim...  [Posted on December 12, 2011 7:01 AM]

World Series Film Review (And Your Chance To Win!)

(Today's main post is below this one, if you've not had a chance to read it today.) If you've read this blog for a while, you may remember that back in September I had a giveaway of a DVD of...  [Posted on November 23, 2011 12:28 PM]

Happy Birthday To The Man

 [Posted on November 21, 2011 9:07 AM]

And Then There Were Six

The title is a bit misleading, of course.  There have always been six candidates for the Cardinals' open managerial slot.  Now, however, all six of them have interviewed.  Are we any closer to getting a top guy?I'm sure the Cardinal...  [Posted on November 10, 2011 6:32 AM]

The Search For Kirk

The Cardinals are continuing to look for the replacement to Tony La Russa.  They've interviewed a few people, such as Joe McEwing and Chris Maloney, but what has come out of the interview of Mike Matheny has been the most...  [Posted on November 7, 2011 6:34 AM]

Spoils of Victory

It's good to be the king.  Or at least, the king of the baseball world.Both the manager and the MVP of the postseason were on late-night TV last night.  Tony La Russa sat with David Letterman, while David Freese chatted...  [Posted on November 1, 2011 7:04 AM]

"It Just Feels Like It's Time"

Image by Getty Images via @daylifeThe press conference just ended.  There will be links and stories throughout the internet soon (and, as long as it has taken me to write this, many are now up).  Most of Cardinal Nation already...  [Posted on October 31, 2011 12:26 PM]

World Series Champions

Most every morning, I get my Cardinal glass out of the cupboard for the daily glass of orange juice.  If it's not a work day, I'm usually putting on one of my 20 or so different Cardinal shirts.  If it...  [Posted on October 31, 2011 6:51 AM]

Tipping Point?

You know, the thing about baseball is it is amazing how quickly things change.  Batter ahead 3-0?  How often does it then work to 3-2 with a strikeout?  Score four in the first?  Before you know it the other...  [Posted on October 14, 2011 9:58 AM]

A Game For The Ages

You may remember that recently I had a giveaway of a DVD of Game 5 of the 1985 National League Championship Game.  It was part of a series of DVDs called "Baseball's Greatest Games."  After last night, A&E needs to...  [Posted on October 8, 2011 9:25 AM]

And So It Begins

I wrote two different posts yesterday talking about the NLDS and in neither one of them did I actually get around to asking a question that I meant to ask.  So before we talk about the latest Cardinal roster...  [Posted on October 1, 2011 9:36 AM]

Two Outta Three Ain't Enough

For all intents and purposes, it was a successful weekend.  The Cards won a series against a Colorado team that, while not a contender, still had some thump and a dangerous edge.  For their trouble, the Cards dropped to...  [Posted on August 15, 2011 6:48 AM]

Instant Classic

 When Fox Sports Midwest decides to poll Cardinal Nation about which games should get the abbreviated "Cardinal Classic" treatment from this season, is there any doubt this one is going to be right up there at the top?  Last night's...  [Posted on August 3, 2011 6:45 AM]

New Faces, Same Results

Remember last year, when the Cardinals struggled to do anything against weaker teams?  They could dominate the big boys, but were unable to take care of the Pirates and Cubs of the world.  While the 2011 version of the...  [Posted on August 1, 2011 6:42 AM]

Crazy Day In Cardinal Nation

Lots of stuff floating around today, as the Cards made some moves on the field and off of them.  Let's hit the game first, followed by the cavalry.Sometimes I think Kyle Lohse just shouldn't be allowed to pitch against the...  [Posted on July 30, 2011 11:53 PM]

Is It Too Late?

The idea at the trade deadline is to give a team an added boost to push them to the finish line.  While it's way too early to determine whether it worked or not here, the last couple of nights have...  [Posted on July 29, 2011 10:29 AM]

Cardinals Move On

After all the news of the day, it was almost anti-climactic when the Cards had to go out and actually play a game.  Unfortunately, the ending was of the same mold.There weren't a lot of positive performances to go...  [Posted on July 28, 2011 9:15 AM]

Not Alarmed...Yet

While that wasn't the best of weekends in the Queen City, not only for the fact that the Cards lost two of three but also because Brandon Phillips played a major role in both losses, I'm not quite ready to...  [Posted on July 18, 2011 7:10 AM]

Pujols Returns! (Kinda)

The legend of Albert Pujols continues.Granted, it was a small fracture, so small that it took two or three passes to find it.  As Joe Strauss said on Twitter, good possibility that if it was in September, he'd have...  [Posted on July 6, 2011 10:19 AM]

Freedom, Fireworks, and Baseball

As the noise of the fireworks reverberates around my neighborhood, it seems only appropriate to spend the last part of the holiday weekend catching up talking about the all-American sport.  Little known fact: The Continental Congress used a home run...  [Posted on July 4, 2011 9:56 PM]

Epic Frustration

If you follow Bob from On The Outside Corner over on Twitter (and if you don't, go follow throatwarbler right now) you know that he, from time to time, has Twitter Tales.  Stories about games gone by, descriptions of...  [Posted on June 22, 2011 9:08 AM]

Doing My Part

In my travels, I have noted that those that wear the Cardinal have not tasted victory since I crossed over the mighty river.  So I have brought my banner down from my redoubt to fortify the men and encourage them...  [Posted on June 15, 2011 9:28 AM]

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]

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]

Launching The Series

The score might indicate that the Cardinals had little problem with the Houston Astros last night, as befitting a first place team playing a last place one.  However, as we all know, scores only tell part of the story.Fernando Salas was...  [Posted on June 8, 2011 9:18 AM]

He's Back!

Apparently the Cardinals finally made it to the return desk this weekend, turning in whatever that was that was pretending to be Albert Pujols here in 2011 and getting the real deal in return.  Let's recap the games, then get...  [Posted on June 6, 2011 9:28 AM]

Sink or Swim

Well, when half of last year's Memphis team is on the field, it's not quite surprising that the Cards lost their first series since early April.  However, I don't think any of us were expecting it to happen the way...  [Posted on June 3, 2011 10:20 AM]

It's No Holliday

Sorry for the delay in posting.  Between the holiday weekend and some back trouble, it's been a while since I've had a chance to sit down and write up anything.  You know what that means--catchup time.  Let's see what's been...  [Posted on June 2, 2011 10:29 AM]

Cardinals and Reds

How exactly did we get here?  How did we come from St. Louis and Cincinnati having just a passing thought in each other's minds to a knockdown, dragout rivalry between the two squads and the two fan bases?  And, honestly,...  [Posted on May 17, 2011 5:15 PM]

Frustration, Then Vindication

A terribly frustrating weekend book-ended by wins both satisfying and encouraging.  Let's take a look at the last few days.Thursday (9-1 win at Chicago)Perhaps it was because the game started with Kyle Lohse as Tony La Russa.  More likely it was...  [Posted on May 17, 2011 11:36 AM]

Keeping You Informed: TLR On Cardinals Live

I'm out of the office today, but this came across my e-mail and I thought I'd pass it along. Should be pretty interesting!TONY LA RUSSA INTERVIEW AIRS TONIGHT ON FOX SPORTS MIDWEST PREGAME SHOW Ø  Interview took place while watching yesterday's game...  [Posted on May 16, 2011 4:15 PM]


That game made Tony La Russa close his good eye to keep from watching it.(By the by, TLR has really never had to be away from the team, usually being suspended on a home stand or just for a game....  [Posted on May 12, 2011 7:31 AM]

Catching Up On The Cardinals

Last night, at my son's t-ball game, one of the opposing coaches mentioned that he reads the blog regularly (hey, Matt!).  Being that there are at least three regulars out there, I figured I best try to get something up....  [Posted on May 11, 2011 1:00 AM]

UCB Progressive Game Blog: Postgame

If you are following the chain from Pitchers Hit Eighth or are coming from the index post at the main site (or if you've just stumbled into this post), welcome.  Wish we had a better game to talk about.Give some...  [Posted on May 7, 2011 10:21 PM]

The Force Is With The Cardinals, Always

Image via WikipediaToday is a very special day on the calendar.  It is a time when we honor hope, faith, courage.  It is a time that brings us all together as we say a common phrase:"May the Fourth be with...  [Posted on May 4, 2011 7:27 AM]

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