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Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014
Matt Carpenter's familiarity at third base is showing early
Posted Thursday, April 10, at 7:18 AM
By COREY NOLES I've come to the conclusion that St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter could absolutely rock any position he's asked to play. He's bounced around the outfield and the infield during his time in St. Louis, playing above average defense wherever he lands. That's why when manager Mike Matheny told him to go home and learn second base before the 2013 season, he was excited about the challenge...

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New Cardinals HOF and Museum a must-see for any baseball fan
Posted Monday, April 7, at 7:23 PM

By COREY NOLES The weather was bad for my first tour of the Ballpark Village and the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum. Correction--the weather was atrocious. Everything else was stunning. From the outside view, to the added feel downtown, Ballpark Village is a fantastic addition to this baseball town...

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Around the horn: Time to get off Adams' back; Shelby's struggles
Posted Saturday, April 5, at 10:41 AM

By COREY NOLES After the Pittsburgh Pirates slaughter of the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night, I couldn't decide which direction to go with my column. Instead of doing what I normally do, here are a few tidbits and thoughts on the last couple of days...

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4 Keys for the Cardinals Taking the Weekend Series vs. the Pirates
Posted Friday, April 4, at 7:25 AM

By COREY NOLES With a new season underway, the St. Louis Cardinals are back on the field working their way toward another solid year of baseball. The season's first series is now in the rear view mirror and it's time to start looking forward. As they move into this weekend's series, there are several keys to coming out on top over...

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Managing expectations--Cardinals juggle the hype over their team
Posted Monday, March 31, at 7:00 PM

By COREY NOLES The St. Louis Cardinals have always reveled in the underdog role. They were the underdog again the Texas Rangers. They were the underdog against the Los Angeles Dodgers. They've been the underdog against just about everyone in October...

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Could Cardinals' Stephen Piscotty win Oscar Taveras' job? Yep.
Posted Sunday, March 30, at 4:42 PM

By COREY NOLES There are no guarantees in baseball--even for top prospects. With Stephen Piscotty nipping at his heels, it's possible St. Louis Cardinals outfield prospect Oscar Taveras is having the same thought right now. As Taveras continues to battle back from a 2013 ankle injury that ended his season and dramatically shortened his spring training...

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Keeping competition healthy is a key for the Cardinals
Posted Saturday, March 29, at 7:48 AM

By COREY NOLES Even outside of the standard nine innings of play, baseball is a game of competitions. Not just for wins and trophies, it's a game of competitions within. The St. Louis Cardinals know that as well as any team. Those inner competitions can range from trying to find the fifth starting pitcher to naming your second baseman or long-relief guy...

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MLB Season Predictions for 2014
Posted Wednesday, March 26, at 7:10 PM

By COREY NOLES Each year, immediately before the Major League Baseball season begins, I share my thoughts on how I see the season folding out. While this is simply my opinion, I do quite a lot of research looking through statistics, scouting reports, box scores and other stories to put this together. With that said, even with all of the research in the world, predictions are in essence just educated guesses...

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Complete St. Louis Cardinals 2014 Season Preview
Posted Tuesday, March 25, at 9:55 PM

By COREY NOLES As spring training draws to a close, the final shape of the St. Louis Cardinals 25-man roster is beginning to take shape. Cuts have been made, bags are being packed and once again we reach the time of the season when every team has hope...

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Most Disappointing St. Louis Cardinals Players in Spring Training so Far
Posted Monday, March 17, at 7:03 AM

By COREY NOLES With spring training rapidly passing by and Opening Day just around the corner, there's now enough of a sample by which to get a good idea of the overall performance of a few key players. For the St. Louis Cardinals, several have stepped up and either surprised or tried and failed--this piece will focus on the latter...

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Breakout Performances from the Cardinals First Two Weeks of Spring Training
Posted Sunday, March 9, at 10:28 PM

By COREY NOLES With spring training in full swing, the St. Louis Cardinals are getting to take some early peeks at a handful of players who will be fighting for roster spots as Opening Day draws near. The usual suspects are already putting on a show...

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What the Carpenter extension gives the Cardinals
Posted Saturday, March 8, at 11:06 AM

By COREY NOLES The decision by the St. Louis Cardinals front office to grant an extension to Matt Carpenter was the next step by the John Mozeliak to solidify the team's core for the next generation. The deal will make Carpenter a Cardinal through 2019 with an option for 2010 and costs the team a total of $52 million...

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Cardinals' Peralta could make the difference for 2014
Posted Thursday, March 6, at 9:14 PM

By COREY NOLES When St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak made the decision to pick up free agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta, he saw more than just a solid option at shortstop. While many concentrated on Peralta's prior baggage, in reality he should have been the obvious choice for the Cardinals. ...

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Projecting the St. Louis Cardinals Final 25 Man Roster at the Start of Spring Training
Posted Thursday, March 6, at 4:16 PM

By COREY NOLES Somewhere 1,100 miles from the St. Louis Cardinals home of Busch Stadium, bats are cracking and baseballs are flying in Jupiter, Fla. With ice and snow falling all across the St. Louis area, it's the perfect time to take a look at how the Cardinals' 25-man roster is shaking up for the coming season...

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Complete St. Louis Cardinals 2014 Spring Training Preview
Posted Monday, February 10, at 8:19 AM

By COREY NOLES With a handful of pitchers and catchers already on the ground in Florida, the St. Louis Cardinals are already in position to get back to baseball. The official report date for pitchers and catchers at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla., is Wednesday, Feb. 12. The first workout is scheduled for the following day...

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Odds of St. Louis Cardinals' Top 5 Non-Roster Invitees Making the 2014 Roster
Posted Friday, February 7, at 7:13 AM

By COREY NOLES With the Super Bowl now in the past and trucks already being shipped to Florida and Arizona filled with baseball gear, it's time to officially start thinking about baseball season again. While spring training will be filled with all of the usual suspects--Yadier Molina, Matt Holliday and Adam Wainwright to name a few--there will also be a number of new faces...

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2014 Predictions for St. Louis Cardinals Offseason Acquisitions
Posted Friday, January 31, at 8:28 AM

By COREY NOLES The St. Louis Cardinals came out of the 2013 World Series in a hurry to prepare for the team's next shot. It was only a few weeks before John Mozeliak had made a pair of substantial moves addressing the team's two most glaring needs from 2013--a shortstop and a centerfielder...

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Berkman was one of the game's good guys
Posted Wednesday, January 29, at 9:43 PM

By COREY NOLES On Wednesday afternoon, Richard Justice of MLB.com reported that Lance Berkman is officially hanging up his cleats for good. While the last few years have been rough on him physically, kudos to Puma for knowing when to call it quits. He deserves to be remembered for not just what he contributed on the field, but also for what he did off of the baseball diamond...

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5 St. Louis Cardinals Players Who Will be Fighting for Roster Spots This Spring
Posted Wednesday, January 22, at 10:38 AM

By COREY NOLES With spring training now only one month away, it's time to start looking ahead at some of the more interesting competitions that could shape up within the St. Louis Cardinals organization. Among those will be a race to make the 25-man active roster for several players...

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4 Things the Cardinals Need To Do Before Spring Training
Posted Tuesday, January 14, at 3:47 PM

By COREY NOLES The St. Louis Cardinals have a lot to look forward to in 2014. The arrival of Oscar Taveras, a full season from Kolten Wong and a possible rotation slot for Carlos Martinez are all highly anticipated highlights of the season to come...

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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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