The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com, is the online leader for exclusive, objective and independent coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals and the minor league system. Founded in 1998 as The Birdhouse, we provide the ultimate fan experience through community interaction with our team of experts, writers and locally-based reporters at all of the Cardinals minor league ballparks.
In 2017, we returned to independent status after more than 12 years with the Scout.com network, and continue with all the same writers and insiders content you have followed for two decades.
Jon Morgan Bell is a native of Hernando, Mississippi and attends the University of Memphis for journalism with a concentration in news. He is the sports editor at the student-run campus paper, The Daily Helmsman, as well as a sports reporter for The DeSoto Times-Tribune and Tennessee Prep Weekly, covering high school basketball and football. Bell will be covering the Memphis Redbirds for the 2017 season.
Originally from Brockton, Massachusetts (where his love for the Red Sox was birthed), Patrick currently resides in Port St. Lucie, Florida. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Florida Atlantic University and an Associate’s degree in Journalism from Indian River Community College. Patrick has written for various newspapers in the state of Florida, including the Miami Herald, Orlando Sentinel, Naples Daily News, Tampa Bay Times, Florida Today and Gannett’s Treasure Coast Newspapers, where he is currently a freelance sports writer. Patrick has covered the NFL, MLB and Florida high school sports and has added the Palm Beach Cardinals to his 2017 slate.
Josey Curtis is an aspiring sports journalist with a passion for baseball. She contributes to four websites, including The Cardinal Nation, Hardball Scoop, Viva El Birdos and Baseball Essential Network. With career ambitions to cover the beat of a Major League Baseball team, she is determined to produce quality work while gaining the necessary skills of the profession. You can contact her via Twitter or Instagram (@Curtis_Josey) or email. Josey joined The Cardinal Nation staff in 2017.
Covering the State College spikes for the 2017 season is David Eckert, a sports journalism student at Penn State. Originally from Scranton, Pennsylvania, David has been around baseball all his life and is a devout Mets fan. He also covers Penn State softball for The Daily Collegian, in addition to reporting on a variety of Penn State sports for Blue White Illustrated.
Marilyn Green is a native of Missouri and is a long time Cardinals fan since childhood. She grew up in a passionate baseball family who has loved the Cardinals for generations. Marilyn is a retired attorney and part-time substitute teacher. She is a regular poster at both The Cardinals Nation message board and blog, where she is known as “crdswmn”. Marilyn was a staff writer for Redbird Rants from 2012 to early 2014, and presently writes about the Cardinals for her own blog, Red Cleat Diaries. She joined the TCN team in 2015.
Gulf Coast League Cardinals reporter
A native of Chicago’s South Side, Paul has been a professional journalist since 1977 as a writer and editor, mostly in the news and business departments of daily newspapers. Currently, he is self-employed as a writer, mostly for daily newspapers, and as a media relations consultant for private businesses. Baseball, though, is his hobby and passion. Since 1997, he has worked as official scorer in the Southern League, Florida State League and Gulf Coast League, and for 10 years was umpire for high school and youth baseball and softball. Paul joined The Cardinal Nation staff in 2011.
Nick Konow is a sports communication major at Bradley University’s Charley Steiner School of Sports Communication. Whether it has been playing, umpiring, or just watching, Nick has been around the game of baseball his entire life. Though the Chicago, IL native hails from the Southside, he grew up cheering for the Cubs. Nick is a sports reporter for the Bradley Scout newspaper in addition to serving as TCN’s Peoria Chiefs reporter for the 2017 season.
Minor league writer
Leonda Markee only follows winners. She is known on our message boards as “UConnCard,” honoring her other passion in addition to the Cardinals, University of Connecticut women’s basketball. Other than Brian Walton, Leonda is the longest-serving member of The Cardinal Nation staff, having been contributing statistically-oriented analysis and commentary focused on Cardinals minor leaguers since 2005.
Scott Schook has spent his entire life in St. Louis cheering for his hometown Cardinals. The graduate of Missouri Baptist University has spent the last 10 years in youth ministry and following the Cardinals’ minor league system and drafts. When he’s not serving students or writing about the Cardinals system, Scott leads a marketing team in the St. Louis area. He joined The Cardinal Nation in 2015 after covering the minor leagues and draft for CardinalsFarm.com.
Derek Shore resides in the Springfield area and continues as our local reporter for the Double-A Cardinals along with covering high school sports for OzarksSportsZone. Readers may know him best from his work with The Cardinal Nation’s top prospect list. He not only organized the fan voting on the message board, he also represented the community by writing capsules with a scouting orientation for each of the top 40 players. Derek is a former contributor to Future Redbirds and joined TCN in 2013.
Johnson City Cardinals reporter
Erin Zinnanti is a senior at East Tennessee State University majoring in Media Communications with a focus in Advertising and Public Relations, with a minor in Sociology. With a passion for journalism and sports, she hopes to be able to pursue a meaningful career in the field following her December graduation. Erin had been a member of the ETSU Women’s Club Soccer team for two years and enjoys spending time in the outdoors. She covers the Johnson City Cardinals in 2017.
Brian Walton has closely followed the St. Louis Cardinals for almost half a century. He stokes that passion running The Cardinal Nation. Since its creation in 2014, Brian has participated in the “Red Ribbon” Committee for Cardinals Hall of Fame selections. Among the national sites where Brian’s work has appeared regularly include FOXSports.com and Yahoo.com as well as USA TODAY, FOX Sports and Fantasy Baseball Guide magazines. Brian previously authored weekly columns on Cardinals minor leaguers for the St. Louis Globe-Democrat and FOX Sports Midwest and his “Busing the Minors” is currently featured in each edition of the Cardinals Gameday Magazine. As a reporter, perhaps the most notable story he broke was Albert Pujols’ $100 million contract with the Cardinals in 2004. Brian also pens a weekly column at Mastersball.com while competing in a number of fantasy industry baseball leagues, including National League LABR and Tout Wars, the latter which he won in 2009. He joined this team in 2003 and became its sole leader in 2009.