1. Talk And Action

    As everyone knows by now, the pitchers, the catchers and other assorted players and Cardinal brass showed up in Jupiter yesterday.The hitting coach dwarfed them all.Mark McGwire came to camp yesterday and, as he often does, stole the spotlight...

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  2. Those Sweet Words

    What did you say?I know what you were singingBut my ears won't stop ringingLong enough to hearThose sweet wordsAnd your simple melodyI just have to hearThose sweet wordsSpoken like ...

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  3. One Day Away

    Pitchers and catchers "officially" report tomorrow. In actuality, almost the entire team is already in Jupiter or doing prep work before getting there...

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  4. The Week We've Been Waiting For

    As people continue to deal with snow, ice, and arctic temperatures, a nation's eyes turn to the states of Florida and Arizona, desperate for relief and for the magical words of "Play ...

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  5. Friday Link Dump

    It's Friday, the last Friday before pitchers and catchers report. As such, there's not just a ton to write about, so we'll clean out the inbox and give you the information and links that get sent to me on occasion...

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  6. Another Spring, Another Cardinal Surgery

    As most of you know by now, Brendan Ryan had wrist surgery done this week, just days before pitchers and catchers report...

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  7. Kyle McClellan Weekend

    If you wanted to find out about the Cardinal reliever that's looking to be the fifth starter in 2010, this was your weekend.First, the Post-Dispatch put out an article with quotes from Kyle McClellan...

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  8. The Lost Cardinal Titles

    This week on Lost, we saw the initial aftereffects of what happened when the H-bomb exploded and, at least in part, reset the timeline from the plane crash on September 22, 2004...

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  9. United Cardinal Bloggers To Interview Kyle McClellan

    The United Cardinal Bloggers will be interviewing St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Kyle McClellan on Saturday, February 6, at 4:30 pm Central for a special edition of the UCB Radio Hour...

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  10. Silent Waters

    It's been pretty quiet on the Cardinal front lately. Then again, if anyone is going to stir things up, it'll be the Tsunami himself, Joe Strauss...

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  11. The Cardinal Family

    More Mark McGwire-related comments came out this week, but instead of taking another pass at the hitting coach, I wanted to focus on a different aspect of the remarks...

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  12. St. Louis Cardinals All-Decade Team: 2000-2009

    As I sit with the winter weather falling around me, it seems an appropriate time to do some reminiscing. The United Cardinal Bloggers are coming together today to look back at the last decade and pick out their All-Star team from the 2000s ...

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  13. Cardinals Prepare For Spring

    In one of the surest signs that the winter is thawing and the greatest game on earth is getting close to returning, the Cardinals have announced their spring training non-roster invitees...

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  14. Officially Ending An Era

    I don't have much time today, but I couldn't let it pass without note. Rick Ankiel will be playing for a team other than the Cardinals for the first time this coming season, signing a one-year deal with the Royals...

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  15. Pujols Speaks

    Anytime Number 5 makes an appearance, it's news. Even when he doesn't say much of anything.Albert Pujols met the media yesterday on the closing day of the Winter Warm-Up and talked about his contract, his hitting coach, and his health...

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  16. Some Winter Heat

    The Winter Warm-Up got underway this weekend (and continues today) which means that there is usually quite a bit of news generated, even if it's just what the players say. This year was no exception...

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  17. Book Review: Heading For Home

    A few weeks ago, I got an e-mail from a man named Kent Stock. He asked if he could send along his book about a historic high school baseball season and the movie it inspired...

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  18. It's Time To Talk About The Past

    Usually, the good thing about blogs is that you don't have to wait until the next day for reaction. News happens and within moments, analysis and commentary is waiting for your eyes, ready to fill the gap that comes after a big story...

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  19. Cardinals (Finally) Get Their Man

    After a sometimes tortuous off-season, when it seemed like there were no other option for each side and would they just make it final already, the Cardinals signed Matt Holliday to a seven-year deal yesterday...

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  20. UCB Project: Top 5 Stories of 2009

    There is no doubt that 2009 was a very eventful one for the St. Louis Cardinals. From the surprising dismissal of Adam Kennedy right before spring training to the continued pursuit of Matt Holliday ...

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  21. Slight Movement in Cardinal News

    I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas. There's not been much to talk about and I've not had a chance to get back to the blog much due to the family obligations, but I'm pretty sure you've not missed anything...

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  22. Time For A Deadline?

    The Holliday negotiations drag on. Right now, you could flip a coin on which will happen first, Matt Holilday signing or Mark McGwire having a press conference. But don't hold your breath on either...

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  23. Holliday Season

    So, will it be the most wonderful time of the year or will St. Louis have a blue Christmas?The news around Matt Holliday heated up last night, with Joe Strauss of the Post-Dispatch reporting that there was "positive movement" in that regard...

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  24. Cardinal Off-The-Field News

    A couple of things took place this weekend. One was at least semi-hopeful, one fairly disappointing.First off, the Cardinals finally made a formal offer to Matt Holliday...

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  25. Winter Meeting Wrapup

    The Cardinal contingent has left Indianapolis, headed back to theoretically warmer climes (St. Louis is supposed to be 41 today, Indy 34) and with a couple of new pitchers...

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