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Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
Youth will have to show maturity for Cardinals to weather Wacha/Garcia loss
Posted Sunday, June 22, at 9:35 PM
By COREY NOLES #450458618 / gettyimages.com ST. LOUIS --The announcement Sunday afternoon that St. Louis Cardinals starting pitchers Michael Wacha and Jaime Garcia would be heading to the disabled list came as quite a shock. After manager Mike Matheny's postgame press conference, we were asked to wait because general manager John Mozeliak would be making "an announcement."...

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Wainwright to make his Saturday start
Posted Wednesday, June 18, at 3:23 PM

By COREY NOLES #450627708 / gettyimages.com "Yes. It's official." St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright said Wednesday morning that he is on track to make his Saturday start against the Philadelphia Phillies. Wainwright, 9-3 with a 2.15 ERA, missed a start this week due to what was described by the team as "tennis elbow."...

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Holliday's 1,000th RBI is the sign of a career of consistency
Posted Tuesday, June 17, at 3:14 PM

By COREY NOLES #450673168 / gettyimages.com Matt Holliday has always been in an odd place as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals. While plenty of fans recognize him for what he has done, there is a certain faction that seems to always be looking for a reason to complain about Holliday...

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MLB needs to drop the circus, do instant replay the right way
Posted Wednesday, June 11, at 10:28 PM

By COREY NOLES #493181551 / gettyimages.com The installation of advanced replay in Major League Baseball was a long time coming. From Don Denkinger's classic call in the 1985 World Series to Armando Galarraga's blown perfect game, bad calls and missed chances have been a shadow over the game since, well, forever...

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Oscar Taveras may be heading to St. Louis, but here are 5 things he is not...
Posted Friday, May 30, at 10:12 PM

#474632757 / gettyimages.com By COREY NOLES With one tweet from longtime St. Louis Cardinals writer Rob Rains of StLSportsPage.com, all of St. Louis was turned on its edge Saturday night. Rains tweeted that he had learned from "a source in Memphis," that Oscar Taveras had cleaned out his locker at Auto Zone Park in Memphis and was being promoted to the major league club...

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Why any fan of baseball should be a Derek Jeter fan
Posted Thursday, May 29, at 4:27 PM

#494088799 / gettyimages.com By COREY NOLES I did not grow up in a New York Yankees household. None of the men who taught me about the game and its way of captivating even the most unsuspecting of fans had any love for the Yankees. Of course, any team with that many championships will leave a wide trail of animosity in their wake...

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Bob Gibson wasn't as plunk-happy as some believe
Posted Tuesday, May 27, at 3:41 PM

#186057036 / gettyimages.com By COREY NOLES For decades, we've heard the stories of Bob Gibson as a no-nonsense pitcher who many believed to be quick to plunk a batter who got too greedy with the plate. The interesting thing is that, while many people remember him that way, the numbers don't entirely support that notion...

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Stark's "Wild Pitches" captures the human essence through baseball
Posted Thursday, May 22, at 10:41 AM

By COREY NOLES Many baseball-related books come across my desk over the course of a year. Some of them are good, but get brushed aside for whatever reason--usually because I forgot about them. The newest effort from Jayson Stark, longtime baseball writer for ESPN, got my attention in a hurry. Whether that was due to baseball reasons or the classic endorsement of Jon Hamm on the back cover is beside the point...

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Matheny's "grind" approach came at the right time
Posted Tuesday, May 20, at 8:54 PM

By COREY NOLES #491576887 / gettyimages.com Grind. That's the new buzzword for the St. Louis Cardinals and it's coming along at the right time. Following Thursday's win against the Chicago Cubs, manager Mike Matheny spoke extensively on the new way of thinking for his club...

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Kolten Wong feels like he has something to prove after slow start
Posted Thursday, May 15, at 9:08 PM

By COREY NOLES #485120175 / gettyimages.com After fighting a stomach bug on his first day back in St. Louis, Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong is ready to get back to work--and in the lineup. Following a slow start at the major league level, Wong was optioned to the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds on April 27. Over 15 games, Wong batted .344 (22-for-64) with two home runs and 10 RBI...

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Peralta's bat comes to life--and few notice
Posted Tuesday, May 6, at 8:56 AM

By COREY NOLES #487982059 / gettyimages.com It's been a tumultuous week (month? season?) for the St. Louis Cardinals. It only makes sense that some things would slip through the cracks. Between the now defunct disappearance of the Peter Bourjos, a stagnant offense and a clinic on new ways to ground into a double plays, those focusing on the negative seem to have overlooked something--Jhonny Peralta is playing some great baseball...

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Why it's time for Oscar Taveras
Posted Monday, May 5, at 10:06 AM

By COREY NOLES #474632757 / gettyimages.com It's time for Oscar Taveras. I've stayed on the fence about this issue for as long as I can, but now the St. Louis Cardinals need Oscar Taveras. It's that simple. What happened this past weekend at Wrigley Field in Chicago was a microcosm of the issues the Cardinals have seen since Opening Day. From struggling at bats to baserunning snafus, this team has seen it all.--and they're better than that...

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Why the designated hitter is killing the National League
Posted Wednesday, April 30, at 10:05 AM

By COREY NOLES I love National League baseball. I figure that's where I should start. I love the double switch, the Mike Hampton home run and the danger of underestimating any major league caliber player at the plate. I love watching pitchers get excited about their offense. I love the Adam Wainwright is convinced (and so am I) that he will win the Silver Slugger in 2014...

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Grichuk may be the real prize in the David Freese deal
Posted Tuesday, April 29, at 8:54 AM

By COREY NOLES When the St. Louis Cardinals traded away hometown boy David Freese to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, few balked at the deal. Sure, it stinks to see a local boy, just recently on top of the world, struggle and eventually leave town to search for success in a new uniform. It's just part of the game...

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Cardinal hurlers see Wainwright as an able leader
Posted Monday, April 28, at 10:16 AM

By COREY NOLES With the official retirement of Chris Carpenter at the end of the 2013 season, Adam Wainwright became the de facto staff leader--a job some of the St. Louis Cardinals young pitchers feel he handles like a pro. Being the elder hurler on a pitching staff doesn't make one a leader. Being a great pitcher does not make a leader...

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Cardinals keeping offensive struggles in perspective
Posted Sunday, April 27, at 12:29 PM

By COREY NOLES St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny acknowledges his team's offensive struggles, but he wants it kept in perspective. With Peter Bourjos, Allen Craig, Daniel Descalso, Mark Ellis, Jhonny Peralta and Shane Robinson all batting under .200 on April 27, the concerns are legitimate...

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Thank you, Branch Rickey, for giving the Negro Leagues a chance
Posted Friday, April 25, at 4:32 PM

By COREY NOLES Baseball has always been a game that reflects the norms of the society in which we live. In no time has that been more true than in the first half of the 20th century. As I began working on the article for the front page of this Weekend's Edition of The Daily Statesman, I learned just how ugly baseball once was...

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Comparing the Cardinals 2014 lineup to the 2011 Championship lineup
Posted Tuesday, April 22, at 9:45 PM

By COREY NOLES #130727535 / gettyimages.com As the St. Louis Cardinals head back to Busch Stadium for the team's second homestand of the year, columnists are already questioning whether they can live up to the hype. Picked by many to go deep into the playoffs in 2014--possibly all the way--the Cardinals have high expectations...

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Jon Jay called. He wants his job back.
Posted Sunday, April 20, at 4:51 PM

By COREY NOLES It's funny the difference a little bit of time can back. In 2012, the St. Louis Cardinals centerfielder Jon Jay was on top of the world. Riding the wave of the organization's 11th world championship, Jay had a career season. Over the course of the year, he became one of the league's best leadoff men...

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Stock up, stock down for the Cardinals Top 10 prospects
Posted Thursday, April 17, at 7:49 AM

By COREY NOLES With minor league baseball heating up across the country, the St. Louis Cardinals 10 best prospects are already back to working their way up the organizational depth charts. From the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds all of the way down to extended spring training in Florida, the Cardinals system is packed with exciting young prospects at all levels of the organization...

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Corey Noles, staff writer for The Daily Statesman and Editor of The North Stoddard Countian, is the author of a regular baseball/St. Louis Cardinals column and also uses his blog to sound off on various happenings in sports. He also operates a weekly baseball mailbag column.

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