1. Laying Out the St. Louis Cardinals' Offseason

    The St. Louis Cardinals are facing a pivotal offseason. Albert Pujols has two years left on his contract and has stated again that he wants to wait and see the commitment. The Cardinals traded a lot of depth to win now and lost...

    Joel Koch Written by Joel Koch about almost 5 years ago 349 reads 0 comments

  2. Reassessing Cardinals Coaching

    Here are the playoffs, and there go the playoffs. The Cardinals, like their National League Central predecessors the past two years, were swept out of the playoffs by NL West teams. Now, the Cardinals need to look ahead...

    Joel Koch Written by Joel Koch about almost 5 years ago 275 reads 0 comments

  3. Trading Albert Pujols: Absurd or Plausible?

    I know I should be shot for even thinking, yet alone suggesting, that the St. Louis Cardinals should trade Albert Pujols. Shoot me later, please. I have some explaining to do...

    Joel Koch Written by Joel Koch about almost 5 years ago 944 reads 13 comments

  4. Offseason Outlook: St. Louis Cardinals

    The St. Louis Cardinals are well on their way to a postseason berth. They own a 10-1/2 game lead over the Chicago Cubs, and are almost a lock for the playoffs...

    Joel Koch Written by Joel Koch about almost 5 years ago 452 reads 1 comments

  5. Dear Drayton McLane: Blow Up the Houston Astros

    Being a St. Louis Cardinals fan, I can tell you the most enjoyable thing is to watch your division rivals falter. This, however, is not true when it comes to the Houston Astros. Why? To be honest, I don't really know...

    Joel Koch Written by Joel Koch about almost 5 years ago 393 reads 6 comments

  6. Analyzing Two Possible Roy Halladay Trade Scenarios

    Roy Halladay is officially on the trade market. Finally. Now, it is a race to get by far the best pitcher in baseball today (sorry, but he's always been better than Johan Santana). You already know that I want the St...

    Joel Koch Written by Joel Koch about 5 years ago 2,545 reads 17 comments

  7. St. Louis Cardinals Notebook: After Mark DeRosa, Try These Trade-Deadline Moves

    Mark DeRosa was a good start for John Mozeliak, but he still has work to do if he wants to make this a championship club. There are too many struggling pieces to believe that one player will make the difference...

    Joel Koch Written by Joel Koch about 5 years ago 449 reads 0 comments

  8. St. Louis Cardinals Need to Prove a Point with Shelby Miller

    The St. Louis Cardinals surprised many fans by drafting hard-throwing right-hander Shelby Miller out of Brownwood High School in Texas with their 19th pick. Surprised, but not disappointed...

    Joel Koch Written by Joel Koch about 5 years ago 529 reads 5 comments

  9. Ninteenth Overall

    Tuesday June 9 is a day that many fans are waiting for. Why is this day significant? It is the Major League Baseball First—Year Player Draft! Many players are drafted, some don't sign...

    Joel Koch Written by Joel Koch about 5 years ago 169 reads 3 comments

  10. St. Louis Cardinals: What They Need To Reach the Top

    The St. Louis Cardinals are not scuffling, but they aren't red hot either. The Cardinals have two big holes to fill sooner rather than later, and by "later" I mean the July 31st trade deadline...

    Joel Koch Written by Joel Koch about 5 years ago 307 reads 2 comments

  11. What Major League Baseball Should Do

    Interleague Play use to be a marvel to be seen. Now it is stale and old. No one wants to see that anymore, and Major League baseball needs to fix it. How? Well, it is a complicated matter. First, each team should play their natural rivals (e...

    Joel Koch Written by Joel Koch about 5 years ago 290 reads 1 comments

  12. Brett Wallace: Why Wait?

    Brett Wallace, the 13th overall pick in the 2008 First Year Player Draft, is already at Triple-A Memphis. For being a 2008 draft pick, being at Triple-A (or even Double-A for that matter) is unbelievable...

    Joel Koch Written by Joel Koch about 5 years ago 819 reads 15 comments

  13. Thinking Ahead: St. Louis Cardinals' 2010 Coaching Staff

    The St. Louis Cardinals are entering an important season. The 2009 season will prove as a large stepping stone for the player development philosophy, but will also prove critical for the coaching staff...

    Joel Koch Written by Joel Koch about over 5 years ago 876 reads 2 comments

  14. Possible Manny Ramirez Scenario: Rick Ankiel To The Yankees

    Yesterday, I wrote an article about Manny Ramirez coming to St. Louis. Today, I am expanding on a situation I mentioned within the article: Rick Ankiel traded to the Atlanta Braves. So, here's the scoop...

    Joel Koch Written by Joel Koch about over 5 years ago 1,700 reads 29 comments

  15. St. Louis Cardinals Should Sign...Manny Ramirez?

    Get it while it is hot everyone. Manny Ramirez is still a free agent and Scott Boras is still trying to find a suitor for his last remaining big time free agent. Albert Pujols wants the St. Louis Cardinals to sign Ramirez...

    Joel Koch Written by Joel Koch about over 5 years ago 1,064 reads 19 comments

  16. Grading The St. Louis Cardinals Offseason

    It has been an interesting offseason thus far for the St. Louis Cardinals. Coming out of the gate, General Manager John Mozeliak vowed to be aggressive on the free agent market. Then, on Dec...

    Joel Koch Written by Joel Koch about over 5 years ago 488 reads 3 comments

  17. Ben Sheets to The Cardinals? A Changing Perspective

    I have been one of the biggest backers of Jon Garland during this entire offseason. I have read opinions throughout that Ben Sheets should be signed first and foremost, and I completely disagree...

    Joel Koch Written by Joel Koch about over 5 years ago 799 reads 7 comments

  18. Baseball Salary Cap?

    The New York Yankees just spent $423.5 million on three players. Does that mean there needs to be a salary cap in baseball? No...

    Joel Koch Written by Joel Koch about over 5 years ago 1,689 reads 0 comments

  19. Rick Ankiel and His Pending Departure

    As far as I know, there is nothing brewing on the stove for the St. Louis Cardinals. They aren't trying to pry Michael Young loose from the Texas Rangers, or talking to the Chicago White Sox about Bobby Jenks...

    Joel Koch Written by Joel Koch about over 5 years ago 413 reads 6 comments

  20. How the St. Louis Cardinals Could Think Outside the Box This Offseason

    The Cardinals aren't done building for 2009...though you can make the argument that they haven't really started...

    Joel Koch Written by Joel Koch about over 5 years ago 159 reads 0 comments

  21. Who The St. Louis Cardinals Really Need

    The St. Louis Cardinals have addressed some major needs this off-season. They have solidified a weak point in the bullpen (left handed relief) by signing Trevor Miller. He's not a dominant, shut down pitcher, but he gets the job done as a left-handed arm.

    Joel Koch Written by Joel Koch about over 5 years ago 375 reads 14 comments

  22. The Return of the Ludicrous Trade Proposals

    Well, I have returned to Bleacher Report, and you all know I like pretending to be a baseball General Manager. So, the odd proposals return. Let's start out with one of the largest I have ever thought up...

    Joel Koch Written by Joel Koch about over 5 years ago 392 reads 5 comments

  23. St. Louis Cardinals Grapevine: Duncan and Trade Targets

    Well, it's the offseason for the St. Louis Cardinals. We're not really use to this, since this is the first time since 1997-99 that we missed the playoffs in back-to-back seasons. Oh well, we have to move on...

    Joel Koch Written by Joel Koch about almost 6 years ago 432 reads 3 comments

  24. 2008 Postseason Predictions

    Well, it's October (almost), and it's time for predictions about the postseason picture. I don't think anyone have ever gotten all of their picks right before. I see the postseason as the NCAA basketball tournament...

    Joel Koch Written by Joel Koch about almost 6 years ago 359 reads 0 comments

  25. Looking Ahead to 2009: St. Louis Cardinals Offseason

    Back at the start of August, I provided you with my offseason for the St. Louis Cardinals. Well, a month has gone by now, and I have a completely different outlook now...

    Joel Koch Written by Joel Koch about almost 6 years ago 1,069 reads 2 comments