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Wednesdays With Walton and Newberry – July 10, 2024

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The Cardinal Nation’s Brian Walton is joined by scouting analyst Blake Newberry for a weekly discussion of St. Louis Cardinals news, with a focus on player development and the minor leagues.

Our podcasts are quick hitting and timely, covering a short list of current topics in 15-20 minutes. More information on everything we discuss can be found in articles here at The Cardinal Nation.

This week, Brian and Blake hold their final pre-draft review, discussing a variety of players connected to the Cardinals and the seventh overall selection per various industry mock drafts. Players include Hagen Smith, Chase Burns, Braden Montgomery, Bryce Rainer, Nick Kurtz, J.J. Wetherholt and at least one dark horse.

Notes

Due to next week’s draft, we will not have a July 17 episode, but we will be back with a bang on the 24th with our first cut as to where the new draft picks will slot into The Cardinal Nation’s Top 50 Prospect List.

All video of episodes of the return of Wednesday With Walton and Newberry at The Cardinal Nation can be found here.

The audio is also simulcast each week via the Scoops Sports Network on your favorite podcast apps.


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Palm Beach Cardinals Notebook – 2024 Week 14


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Wednesdays With Walton and Newberry – July 4, 2024

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The Cardinal Nation’s Brian Walton is joined by scouting analyst Blake Newberry for a weekly discussion of St. Louis Cardinals news, with a focus on player development and the minor leagues.

Our podcasts are quick hitting and timely, covering a short list of current topics in 15-20 minutes. More information on everything we discuss can be found in articles here at The Cardinal Nation.

This week, Brian and Blake celebrate the Fourth by detailing The Cardinal Nation’s June Player and Pitcher of the Month across the St. Louis Cardinals system, Chase Davis and Keiverson Ramirez. Last month’s results by a number of other hitting and pitching finalists are also covered.

For more information

The Cardinal Nation June 2024 Player of the Month – Chase Davis

The Cardinal Nation’s June 2024 Pitcher of the Month – Keiverson Ramirez

Notes

All video of episodes of the return of Wednesday With Walton and Newberry at The Cardinal Nation can be found here.

The audio is also simulcast each week via the Scoops Sports Network on your favorite podcast apps.


Now Available – 2024 Cardinals Prospect Guide

The Cardinal Nation Prospect Guide is back for its seventh year. It includes 282 pages of in-depth commentary about more than 60 of the best St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguers, including in-depth scouting reports, 2023 recap, extensive draft and international histories and more.

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Springfield Cardinals Notebook – 2024 Week 13


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Cardinals Feature Two Minor League Pitchers of the Week

photo: Cooper Hjerpe (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Springfield’s Cooper Hjerpe repeats from last week in the Texas League and is joined by Leonel Sequera, the top pitcher in the Florida Complex League from June 24-30.

Springfield Cardinals release

Minor League Baseball announced on Monday (July 1) that Springfield Cardinals starting pitcher Cooper Hjerpe has been named the Texas League Pitcher of the Week for the week of June 24 – 30. It’s the third time this season a Cardinal has won a weekly award, including his own (June 17-23) and Nathan Church’s honor (April 15-21).

Cooper Hjerpe

After winning the same award the previous week, he becomes the fourth Springfield Cardinal all-time to win a weekly MiLB honor in consecutive weeks. LHP Tim Cooney is the only other pitcher to complete the feat August 5-18, 2013. Moises Gomez (April 11-24, 2022) and Colby Rasmus (August 13-27, 2007) both won Player of the Week in consecutive weeks.

Hjerpe faced the Arkansas Travelers on Wednesday, matching a career-high with eight strikeouts at Hammons Field. He threw five hitless frames for the second straight start, running his hitless innings streak to ten straight.

Including this latest award, Hjerpe has been named Pitcher of the Week three total times in his Minor League career. He also won the honor in the Midwest League (A+) while with the Peoria Chiefs on May 28, 2023. The southpaw is the number six overall prospect and number three pitching prospect in the St. Louis Cardinals farm system. The organization drafted him 22nd overall in the 2022 MLB Draft after an electric season at Oregon State where he was a Golden Spikes Award finalist.

Cardinals announcement

Congratulations to RHP Leonel Sequera (FCL) on being named Florida Complex League Pitcher of the Week!

Leonel Sequera

The 18-year-old Venezuelan earned his first professional win last Tuesday, allowing just two baserunners over 5.0 shutout innings.


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Dominican Summer League Cardinals Notebook – 2024 Week 4


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Wednesdays With Walton and Newberry – June 26, 2024

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The Cardinal Nation’s Brian Walton is joined by scouting analyst Blake Newberry for a weekly discussion of St. Louis Cardinals news, with a focus on player development and the minor leagues.

Our Wednesday podcasts are quick hitting and timely, covering a short list of current topics in 15-20 minutes. More information on everything we discuss can be found in articles here at The Cardinal Nation.

This week, Brian and Blake cover key second half promotions across the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system before shifting to major changes in the June Top 50 Prospect Rankings per The Cardinal Nation. Players highlighted include Quinn Mathews, Chen-Wei Lin, Adam Kloffenstein, Darlin Saladin, Gerardo Salas, Luis Gastelum, Dakota Harris, Nick Dunn and many more.

Notes

All video of episodes of the return of Wednesday With Walton and Newberry at The Cardinal Nation can be found here.

The audio is also simulcast each week via the Scoops Sports Network on your favorite podcast apps.


Now Available – 2024 Cardinals Prospect Guide

The Cardinal Nation Prospect Guide is back for its seventh year. It includes 282 pages of in-depth commentary about more than 60 of the best St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguers, including in-depth scouting reports, 2023 recap, extensive draft and international histories and more.

Special half-price off deal for paid subscribers. Order your PDF or printed book copy today.

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Palm Beach Cardinals Notebook – 2024 Week 12


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Wednesdays With Walton and Newberry – June 19, 2024

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The Cardinal Nation’s Brian Walton is joined by scouting analyst Blake Newberry for a weekly discussion of St. Louis Cardinals news, with a focus on player development and the minor leagues.

Our Wednesday podcasts are quick hitting and timely, covering a short list of current topics in 15-20 minutes. More information on everything we discuss can be found in articles here at The Cardinal Nation.

This week, Brian and Blake cover three main topics across the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system. They are player moves announced Tuesday, led by Willson Contreras’ Memphis rehab, league Players of the Week Dakota Harris and Chase Davis and a half-dozen names linked to the organization’s seventh overall selection in next month’s draft.

Notes

All video of episodes of the return of Wednesday With Walton and Newberry at The Cardinal Nation can be found here.

The audio is also simulcast each week via the Scoops Sports Network on your favorite podcast apps.

Now Available – 2024 Cardinals Prospect Guide

The Cardinal Nation Prospect Guide is back for its seventh year. It includes 282 pages of in-depth commentary about more than 60 of the best St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguers, including in-depth scouting reports, 2023 recap, extensive draft and international histories and more.

Special half-price off deal for paid subscribers. Order your PDF or printed book copy today.

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Palm Beach Cardinals Notebook – 2024 Week 11

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The Electrifying Lou Brock

On June 15, 1964, the Chicago Cubs gift-wrapped outfielder Lou Brock to the St. Louis Cardinals in a package headlined by former 20-game winner Ernie Broglio.  60 years later to the day, Paul Lore looks back at the late Hall of Famer’s career.

By Paul Lore, guest contributor

On June 15, 1964, the hated Chicago Cubs gift-wrapped outfielder Lou Brock to the St. Louis Cardinals in a package headlined by former 20-game winner Ernie Broglio.  The Wrigley faithfully rejoiced with the departure of a player they derisively called Brock as in Rock.  The trade proved synonymous with Brock as in Mock as Redbirds fans ‘thanked’ the Cubs for 15 years for delivering one of the most dynamic and beloved players in St. Louis Cardinals history.

Born on June 18, 1939 to a sharecropper family, Brock grew up near El Dorado, Arkansas, a small town in the Deep South located just north of the Louisiana state line.  He was born too late to play in the old the Negro Leagues, but young enough to be infused with the soul of old school black baseball whose players ran the bases with aggressive abandon.

As a youngster, Brock played sandlot baseball in the rural south, a far cry from today’s organized baseball with uniforms, score boards and coaches.   He attended Southern University, a ‘black college’ for those who sought escape from a segregated, poverty-stricken world, where he tried out for the school’s baseball team.  As an unknown, the 18-year-old had to prove himself quickly or be cut from the squad.   There, he first demonstrated his penchant to perform under pressure as he tattooed baseballs driven by an explosive bat that sprang like spring steel from a tightly wound body blessed with sinewy power.

By the late 1950’s, scouts scoured the hinterlands for an untapped talent pool to compete with the New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers, and later the Milwaukee Braves, teams that won every National League pennant from 1951 to 1959 because they struck black gold by signing talented African American players.

The Chicago Cubs paid heed and sent Buck O’Neil to search the bushes for players to pull their team out of the doldrums.

O’Neil ‘discovered’ Billy Williams and Lou Brock, two players who made the Hall of Fame, albeit in decidedly different paths. Sweet swinging Billy Williams made it as Cub.  However, the raw backwoods talent took more time to refine.   The impatient Cub fans road him because of his defensive miscues.   After three years in Chicago, the Cubs traded Brock to the Cardinals in a trade that left Cardinals players—both black and white—scratching their heads.  History proved otherwise.

Lou Brock (Scott Rovak/US Presswire)

The 24-year-old arrived in St. Louis in June of 1964 to play for a team with pennant hopes after a near miss in 1963.   He brought with him a mediocre .253 batting average that matched his new team’s moribund .500 record.  St. Louis manager Johnny Keane, a religious man without bias except for those who could help the team win, told his young speedster that he was his everyday leftfielder, and gave the young  greyhound the green light to run the base paths.

Brock hit .348 the rest of the season and stole 33 bases igniting the Cardinals that rallied from far back to win their first pennant in 18 years.   He hit .300 in his first World Series, with Game 1 highlighting his impact when he scored the opener’s first run when he singled, took third on another hit,  and scored on a short fly to the outfield.

The Cardinals won two more pennants and another World Championship with their leadoff man extraordinaire.   St. Louis romped to the pennant in 1967, as Brock hit .299 with 21 home runs while leading the league in runs scored and  stolen bases.

Game 1 of the World Series against Boston typified Brock’s electrifying post-season play, in a game won by St. Louis, 2 to 1.  Lou collected four hits, stole two bases and scored both runs for the Cardinals.

In Game 3, he rocketed a drive over a startled Carl Yastrzemski in left field as he cut the bases in record time for a hard-slide triple to ignite that victory.  The Cardinal leftfielder finished the Fall Classic with a .414 average, and ordinarily would have won Series MVP but for his famed teammate Bob Gibson who won the award and the car based on three overpowering World Series victories.  KMOX radio recognized Brock’s excellence by giving him a car, too.

It was more of the same the following season known as the “Year of the Pitcher” when Brock led the league in doubles, triples and stolen bases.   The World Series against the Detroit Tigers provided Brock with yet another opportunity to display his unique talent.

The preceding year, he set a Series record with seven stolen bases against the Red Sox, and he would swipe seven more against Detroit.   Brock possessed what Stan Musial called inner conceit.  Lou ran the bases with a swagger that said you cannot throw me out.  It was a part of his psyche that made for clutch hitting and compelling devil dare on the base paths.  But like a tragic Greek figure, he was destined for a reversal of fortune.

With the Cardinals clinging to a one run lead in Game Five, the Tigers’ nemesis cracked another double, his third straight hit.  Javier followed with a line-drive single hit directly towards leftfielder Willie Horton.  Nonetheless, Lou had grown to believe that he could not be thrown out by anyone.  But on this fateful play, Horton fielded the ball on a big hop, and fired a missile on a line to home plate.

The Cardinal speedster went in standing up and collided with the Tiger catcher just as he caught the ball.  The umpire called Brock out in a hotly disputed call.   Brock maintained that he was correct in trying to score on the dead run rather than sliding, and after having turned in such a superman performance that he was unfairly scapegoated for his role in the Series’ pivotal play.  Lou was certainly correct on the latter point.  That lost run proved critical as the Tigers rallied to win that game, and later the Series in seven games despite Brock’s phenomenal performance that included three doubles, a triple and two long home runs with a .464 batting average.

In the end analysis, Brock’s World Series statistics match any of the Games’ greats.  In 21 games, he lit up the scoreboard with a .391 batting average (second all-time); a slugging percentage of .655 (sixth); four home runs, and 14 stolen bases (first).

St. Louis failed to make it to the post season in the 1970’s, due to blundering trades that included giveaways of pitchers Steve Carlton and Jerry Reuss, either of whom would have made the difference in several close but no cigar pennant races.   Brock did his best to carry the team that lacked the excellence and esprit de corps of previous Redbirds ball clubs.  The fleet-footed batsman continued his consistent hitting and electrifying base running.  He led the league in runs scored in 1971, and in 1974 he carried a mediocre team to a near-miss division crown when he stole 118 bases at the age of 35.

Lou Brock

Throughout this pennant-barren decade, Lou Brock remained a St. Louis favorite whose partisans knew baseball on an intellectual and visceral level.   The St. Louis favorite possessed charisma—a rare trait in the pastoral world of baseball—whenever he came to the plate, and especially when he ran the bases.  His deadpan stares and feints on the base paths, the stolen bases and his audacious sprints stretching singles into doubles and doubles into triples upset opponents and thrilled fans.

Aggravated opposing pitchers oft shaved the Cardinals’ roadrunner high and tight in retaliation.  Bob Gibson once remarked that he earned his stern reputation in part because he defended his teammate with his own chin music.

In August of 1979, he needed two more hits to reach 3000.  The audio system played Paul McCartney’s hit, “With a Little Luck”,  but Lou hardly needed it as he seemed to always rise to the occasion.  He led off the first inning with a single, and in his second time up pitcher Dennis Lamb threw one high and tight that nearly decked the Redbird favorite.  On  the next pitch, he lined a drive right back at the sacrificial Lamb that drilled the Cub hurler for hit number 3000.

Brock finished his career with over 900 stolen bases and 3,023 hits, yet inadequate numbers for some statistical desk jockeys like Bill James who only ranked Lou #15 as all-time leftfielders behind the likes of such luminaries as Tim Rains, Minnie Minoso and Jessie Burkett, presumably because they drew more bases on balls that fit within their defining formula for winning baseball games.

Lou Brock (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Yet, Brock’s career defies the modern-day statistical number crunchers who attempt to rank players with the precision of diamond cutters.  Statisticians whiff on the true measure of Brock’s greatness because his dynamic play and clutch performances cannot be numerically quantified.  While he owned impressive career numbers, the whole of his game was greater than the sum of its’ parts.   Indeed, Lou Brock possessed that indefinable je ne sais quoi, which translated into pennants.

In response, one can quote a show me Missourian named Mark Twain who once said:  “There are lies, damned lies and statistics.”  Limiting analysis to Brock’s career through numerical analysis leads to underrating his ‘ranking’ in the pantheons of baseball greats.   The man who rose from the backwoods of the old Jim Crow world of the Deep South played the game fearlessly, with the flair for the dramatic that ignited his team and electrified his fans.  Louis Clark Brock defined winning baseball, and his charismatic play made the game a thrill to watch.


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Wednesdays With Walton and Newberry – June 5, 2024

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The Cardinal Nation’s Brian Walton is joined by scouting analyst Blake Newberry for a weekly discussion of St. Louis Cardinals news, with a focus on player development and the minor leagues.

Our Wednesday podcasts are quick hitting and timely, covering a short list of current topics in 15-20 minutes. More information on everything we discuss can be found in articles here at The Cardinal Nation.

This week, Brian and Blake discuss the top pitchers and hitters in the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system during the month of May. Pitchers profiled include Darlin Saladin, Tanner Jacobson, Jason Bosiokovic, Zack Showalter and Ixan Henderson. Position players covered are Luken Baker, Cesar Prieto, Miguel Villarroel, Johnfrank Salazar and Jose Suarez.

Notes

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The audio is also simulcast each week via the Scoops Sports Network on your favorite podcast apps.


Now Available – 2024 Cardinals Prospect Guide

The Cardinal Nation Prospect Guide is back for its seventh year. It includes 282 pages of in-depth commentary about more than 60 of the best St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguers, including in-depth scouting reports, 2023 recap, extensive draft and international histories and more.

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Peoria Chiefs Notebook – 2024 Week 9


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Wednesdays With Walton and Newberry – May 22, 2024

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The Cardinal Nation’s Brian Walton is joined by scouting analyst Blake Newberry for a weekly discussion of St. Louis Cardinals news, with a focus on player development and the minor leagues.

Our Wednesday podcasts are quick hitting and timely, covering a short list of current topics in 15-20 minutes. More information on everything we discuss can be found in articles here at The Cardinal Nation.

This week, Brian and Blake discuss Top 20 prospects in the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system per the May rankings at The Cardinal Nation who are not yet meeting lofty expectations. Ten players are profiled – Tekoah Roby, Victor Scott, Thomas Saggese, Cooper Hjerpe, Gordon Graceffo, Chase Davis, Won-Bin Cho, Michael McGreevy, Max Rajcic and Ian Bedell.

Notes

All video of episodes of the return of Wednesday With Walton and Newberry at The Cardinal Nation can be found here.

The audio is also simulcast each week via the Scoops Sports Network on your favorite podcast apps.


Now Available – 2024 Cardinals Prospect Guide

The Cardinal Nation Prospect Guide is back for its seventh year. It includes 282 pages of in-depth commentary about more than 60 of the best St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguers, including in-depth scouting reports, 2023 recap, extensive draft and international histories and more.

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Palm Beach Cardinals Notebook – 2024 Week 7


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2024 Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction Class Announced

photo: Matt Morris, Whitey Kurowski, Dave Duncan

Pitcher Matt Morris voted in by fans, 3x World Champion 3B Whitey Kurowski and long-time pitching coach Dave Duncan to also be inducted.



St. Louis Cardinals press release

The St. Louis Cardinals announced that Matt Morris, Whitey Kurowski and Dave Duncan will be inducted into the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame. It is the 11th induction class since the team dedicated the Cardinals Hall of Fame with an inaugural class on Opening Day in 2014. An enshrinement ceremony will be held at Ballpark Village during Hall of Fame Weekend presented by Edward Jones on Saturday, September 7.

Chosen by the fans over an eight-week voting period, pitcher Matt Morris was the top vote-getter in the Cardinals Hall of Fame online balloting presented by Edward Jones. This year’s ballot also included Cardinals legends Steve Carlton, George Hendrick and Edgar Renteria. Morris, a former first round pick by the organization and two-time All-Star, won 11 or more games in six different seasons with St. Louis and ranks T-11th in franchise history with 101 wins.

The Red Ribbon Committee, a group comprised of 13 St. Louis baseball experts, elected Whitey Kurowski as a veteran player for induction using a secret ballot process. Kurowski, the team’s starting third baseman during their 1940’s dynasty, never played on a team that finished lower than second place. A three-time World Series champion, Kurowski played the fourth-most games in franchise history at the hot corner and was named a National League All-Star in five consecutive seasons from 1943-47.

The Cardinals also elected to make an organizational selection who has been an important figure in St. Louis baseball history, choosing former pitching coach Dave Duncan for induction. Duncan served as the team’s pitching coach for 16 seasons from 1996-2011, all alongside Hall of Fame Manager Tony La Russa. Under his watch, St. Louis ranked in the top half of the National League in pitching ERA in 12 seasons and made the postseason nine times, culminating in World Series titles in 2006 and 2011. While on staff, the Cardinals won the fourth-most regular season games and second-most postseason games in all of Major League Baseball.

“We take great pride in the selection process we use for electing new members of the Cardinals Hall of Fame,” said Bill DeWitt Jr., Cardinals Chairman and CEO. “I’d like to thank our fans as well as the Red Ribbon Committee who cast their votes for this year’s induction class. Congratulations to Matt Morris, Dave Duncan, and the late Whitey Kurowski on this tremendous honor. We look forward to celebrating the achievements of these players during our induction ceremony in September.”

All 52 members of the Cardinals Hall of Fame are permanently enshrined in the Cardinals Hall of Fame Gallery presented by Edward Jones located on the second floor of Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village, outside the entrance to the Cardinals Museum. The Hall of Fame Gallery is free and open to the public. Fans can visit cardinals.com/HOF for more information. A description of each Inductee’s career as a Cardinal follows below. #CardsHOF

Matt Morris (USA TODAY Sports)

Matt Morris (Modern Era Player — Fan Selection)

Years: 1997 – 2005 101-62, 3.61 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 18 CG, 8 SHO, 986 SO, 1377.1 IP, 117 ERA+ (206 GS)

During his eight seasons with the Cardinals, Matt Morris achieved a .620 winning percentage to rank fourth in franchise history among pitchers with at least 1,000 innings. He won 11 or more games six times and his 101 wins with the Cardinals are tied for 11th-most. The right-hander’s finest season came in 2001, when he went 22-8 (tied for the most wins in the Majors), earned the first of back-to-back All-Star Game selections and finished third in National League Cy Young Award voting. Morris ranks sixth on the Cardinals’ all-time strikeouts list with 986. He pitched for five N.L. Central Division championship teams and made 11 postseason starts (third-most in franchise annals).

Whitey Kurowski

Whitey Kurowski (Veteran Era Player — Red Ribbon Selection)

Years: 1941–49 .286/.366/.455, 925 H, 106 HR, 162 2B, 32 3B, 518 R, 529 RBI, 125 OPS+ (916 Games)

Whitey Kurowski was the third baseman during the greatest regime of Cardinals history–playing for the 1942, 1944 and 1946 World Series champions, along with the 1943 National League pennant winners. He clinched the 1942 World Series with a ninth-inning home run in the decisive Game 5 against the New York Yankees. Kurowski was selected to the NL All-Star team five straight seasons from 1943-47. He played 868 games at the hot corner, the fourth-most in franchise annals. Kurowski overcame a childhood bone infection that resulted in his right arm being several inches shorter than his left.

Dave Duncan (USA TODAY Sports)

Dave Duncan (Organizational Selection)

Years: 1996 – 2011 1,408 wins (4th-most in MLB), 4.07 ERA (3rd-lowest), 8 Division Championships

One of the most revered pitching coaches in baseball history, Dave Duncan worked in lockstep with Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa. His 16-year coaching tenure is tied for the fourth-longest in Cardinals history. Under Duncan, St. Louis ranked in the top half in the National League in ERA during 12 seasons. He mentored four Cardinals 20-game winners, including 2005 Cy Young Award recipient Chris Carpenter. The Cardinals made the playoffs nine times with Duncan on staff, highlighted by winning the 2006 and 2011 World Series. They also were NL champions in 2004 and captured eight Central Division crowns.

Cardinals Hall of Fame Members (52)
Jim Bottomley Curt Flood George Kissell José Oquendo
Ken Boyer Bob Forsch Tony La Russa Branch Rickey
Sam Breadon Frank Frisch Max Lanier Scott Rolen
Harry Brecheen Bob Gibson Ray Lankford Red Schoendienst
Lou Brock Chick Hafey Marty Marion Mike Shannon
Jack Buck Jesse Haines Pepper Martin Ted Simmons
August A. Busch Jr. Keith Hernandez Tim McCarver Enos Slaughter
Chris Carpenter Tom Herr Willie McGee Ozzie Smith
Vince Coleman Whitey Herzog Mark McGwire Billy Southworth
Charles Comiskey Matt Holliday Joe Medwick Bruce Sutter
Mort Cooper Rogers Hornsby Johnny Mize Joe Torre
Dizzy Dean Jason Isringhausen Terry Moore John Tudor
Jim Edmonds Julián Javier Stan Musial Bill White
2024 Cardinals Hall of Fame Red Ribbon Panel (13)
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KMOX 1120 AM

Randy Karraker

WXOS 101 ESPN

Rob Rains

STL Sports Page

Frank Cusumano

KSDK NBC 5

Martin Kilcoyne

KTVI FOX 2

Joe Torre

Hall of Fame Manager

Derrick Goold

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Tony La Russa

Hall of Fame Manager

Brian Walton

The Cardinal Nation

Whitey Herzog

Hall of Fame Manager

Bernie Miklasz

KFNS 590 AM The Fan

Benjamin Hochman

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Joe Ostermeier

BBWAA

Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum

The 8,000-square-foot St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum on the second floor of Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village celebrates the rich history of baseball in St. Louis and the legacy of one of baseball’s most storied franchises. Since its creation in 2014, the Cardinals Hall of Fame presented by Edward Jones, has inducted 50 former Cardinal players, coaches and executives. The Cardinals’ museum collection is the largest team-held collection in baseball and is second only to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in terms of size with over 22,000 memorabilia items and hundreds of thousands of archived photos. Fans can learn more about the museum at cardinals.com/museum.


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Springfield Cardinals Notebook – 2024 Week 6


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Wednesdays With Walton and Newberry – May 15, 2024

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The Cardinal Nation’s Brian Walton is joined by scouting analyst Blake Newberry for a weekly discussion of St. Louis Cardinals news, with a focus on player development and the minor leagues.

Our Wednesday podcasts are quick hitting and timely, covering a short list of current topics in 15-20 minutes. More information on everything we discuss can be found in articles here at The Cardinal Nation.

This week, Brian and Blake discuss rising and falling prospects in the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system per the upcoming May Top 50 rankings at The Cardinal Nation. Players profiled include Quinn Mathews (who was promoted after this was taped), César Prieto, Zach Levenson, Austin Love, Ian Bedell, Travis Honeyman, Moises Gomez, Sammy Hernandez, Chen-Wei Lin and Ixan Henderson.

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Wednesdays With Walton and Newberry – May 8, 2024

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The Cardinal Nation’s Brian Walton is joined by scouting analyst Blake Newberry for a weekly discussion of St. Louis Cardinals news, with a focus on player development and the minor leagues.

Our Wednesday podcasts are quick hitting and timely, covering a short list of current topics in 15-20 minutes. More information on everything we discuss can be found in articles here at The Cardinal Nation.

This week, Brian and Blake discuss the top pitchers and hitters during the month of April in the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system.

Pitchers profiled include consensus Pitcher of the Month Quinn Mathews, Juan Salas, Nick Raquet, Joseph King and new St. Louis reliever Chris Roycroft.

Top hitters discussed include winners José Fermín (The Cardinal Nation) and Nathan Church (Cardinals organization), plus Sammy Hernandez, Bryan Torres, R.J. Yeager and César Prieto.

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Tink Hence is the Texas League April Pitcher of the Month

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Minor League Baseball has announced that Springfield Cardinals starting pitcher Tink Hence has been named the Texas League Pitcher of the Month for April 2024. It’s the Cardinals’ consensus top prospect’s first award this season.

Hence made five starts in April for Springfield including an Opening Day nod where he threw five hitless innings. He went 3-0 with a 2.10 ERA as he allowed 13 hits and six walks over 25.2 innings. Henec led the league with 31 strikeouts and held opponents to a .148 average. His 0.74 WHIP was tops in the Texas League among pitchers with three or more starts. In the righthander’s final start of April, he went a career-long seven innings while striking out a career-high ten batters against the Tulsa Drillers on April 30.

Tink Hence

This is Hence’s first Pitcher of the Month award from MiLB but is hardly his first award. The St. Louis number one prospect was named Co-Pitcher of the Month for June 2023 by the St. Louis Cardinals, then was selected to the National League Futures Game roster. Hence was a Florida State League Post-Season All-Star and Pitcher of the Year with the Palm Beach Cardinals in 2022. He was selected by St. Louis in Competitive Balance Round B (63rd overall) of the 2020 MLB Draft out of Watson Chapel High School in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.


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Wednesdays With Walton and Newberry – May 1, 2024

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The Cardinal Nation’s Brian Walton is joined by scouting analyst Blake Newberry for a weekly discussion of St. Louis Cardinals news, with a focus on player development and the minor leagues.

Our Wednesday podcasts are quick hitting and timely, covering a short list of current topics in 15-20 minutes. More information on everything we discuss can be found in articles here at The Cardinal Nation.

This week, Brian and Blake discuss players coming off and onto the injured list in the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system, the relief pipeline at Triple-A and provide a spoiler as to the identity of our Pitcher of the Month for April. Players profiled include Alec Willis, Adari Grant, Alex Iadisernia, Michael Curialle, Jimmy Crooks and more. We close with a preview of the rookie-level Florida Complex League, which opens this Saturday, May 4.

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Remembering Mike Shannon

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Looking back at the life and career of St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer Mike Shannon, who passed away one year ago today.

By Paul Lore, contributor to The Cardinal Nation

A critic once called Mike Shannon “the world’s luckiest man since Ringo Starr” when he was hired to work in the broadcast booth as color commentator with the legendary Jack Buck.  Detractors called him “mush mouth” as his early radio voice lacked the refined articulations heard from seasoned broadcasters.

But the green rookie learned on the job under Buck’s patient tutelage. Shannon’s knowledge of the game, and love for his hometown team came through loud and clear.  He defied the odds when he remained in the booth 50 years, longevity that no one envisioned back in 1972.

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Like Ringo, Mike’s success was based on the good fortune of opportunity, of which both took full advantage.  What John Lennon said of Ringo could have been aptly applied to Shannon.  “(His) talent would have come out one way or the other…whatever that spark is…we all know we can’t put our finger on it…(but) there’s something there that is projectable…”

Shannon possessed that indefinable talent that made folks like him, which gave him time to find his broadcasting voice. Like Ringo, Mike’s malapropisms only made him more endearing.

Capricious luck comes in forms both good and bad.  Shannon received a big dose of the latter when a rare kidney disease called nephritis ended his playing career in 1970, while he was still in his prime.  So ended a long run of athletic prowess, beginning as a local lad who was voted St. Louis’ high school Athlete of the Year in both basketball and football for CBC.  He may well have become a star quarterback for old Mizzou if the St. Louis Cardinals had not enticed him to sign with the club for an upfront, big money bonus.

Football’s loss was the home team’s gain.  Shannon made the parent club for good in mid-season 1964 as their starting right fielder, helping the Cardinals win an improbable pennant. His mammoth home run off Whitey Ford in Game 1 of the Series helped win that game as the Cardinals marched on to the World Championship.

Though lacking the luminary stature of players like Tim McCarver, Bob Gibson, Lou Brock and Curt Flood, Shannon played a big role for those stalwart Cardinals teams of the 1960’s. His name was most often penciled in the lineup in the sixth slot in the order.

A team player, the then career outfielder utilized his natural athletic skills to learn to play third base thereby making room for Roger Maris, a key addition to the club. Shannon’s unselfish move helped propel the Cardinals to two more pennants, in 1967 and again in 1968, when the team’s third baseman led the club in RBI.

Mike Shannon, Bob Gibson, Tim McCarver and Orlando Cepeda (Getty Images)

Popular with teammates, Shannon’s clubhouse antics and trippy comments earned him his moniker – Moon Man.  In sum, Shannon played a wide-ranging role on three St. Louis pennant winning teams.

To their credit, the organization turned their ballplayer’s bad luck into good fortune when they employed Moon Man to work for the club after his career-ending illness.  Shannon grew into his job, and evolved into not just a successful color commentator who knew baseball, but as a play-by-play broadcaster describing the game heard those many years on the radio.

Listening to radio broadcasts of ballgames remains a timeless experience for Cardinals fans as the soothing sound of summer. Many of us took comfort listening to Shannon’s call of the game when we whiled away the time performing tasks or driving down the road.

Away from the booth, the Redbirds broadcaster owned two successful restaurants, saw his face on countless promotions, acted as a team ambassador, conducted a radio show on Saturday nights after ballgames, played golf incessantly and counted so many friends and associates.  He lived life large.

Mike Shannon (AP)

Shannon was neither a great player nor a great broadcaster. As Whitey Herzog once said:  “I don’t think he’d be a successful broadcaster in a lot of cities.  But he’s a fit here in St. Louis.  He speaks the language of the people in this area.”

Indeed, the local lad was one of us who grew up in our baseball town.  He wore the Birds on the Bat as a teammate of Stan Musial and went on to describe the flight of the Redbirds as broadcaster and team ambassador, a combined stint that lasted over 60 years.

Thomas Michael Shannon holds a unique status in St. Louis Cardinal lore, the breadth of which we shall not likely see or hear again.


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Wednesdays With Walton and Newberry – April 24, 2024

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The Cardinal Nation’s Brian Walton is joined by scouting analyst Blake Newberry for a weekly discussion of St. Louis Cardinals news, with a focus on player development and the minor leagues.

Our Wednesday podcasts are quick hitting and timely, covering a short list of current topics in 15-20 minutes. More information on everything we discuss can be found in articles here at The Cardinal Nation.

This week, Brian and Blake discuss a league Pitcher of the Week and a Player of the Week in the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system along with strong performances from the Palm Beach rotation. Players profiled include Sem Robberse, Nathan Church, Quinn Mathews, Jason Savacool and Chen-Wei Lin. We close with a discussion of several players the Cardinals may consider selecting with the seventh overall pick in the July draft.

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Church Named Texas League Player of the Week

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Minor League Baseball announced on Monday, April 22 that Springfield Cardinals outfielder Nathan Church has been named the Texas League Player of the Week for the week of April 15-21. This is the second time in his professional career that he has received a Player of the Week honor, last receiving Midwest League Player of the Week in June of 2023. He is the first Springfield Cardinal to be honored this season.

Nathan Church

This past week in Amarillo, Church went 9-for-25 (.360) with six walks, two home runs, eight RBI and a stolen base. Fourteen games into the season, Church is batting .355 with a double and three home runs. His 15 RBI and 22 hits this season currently lead the Texas League. His play has helped propel Springfield to the best record (12-3) in Double-A baseball. Springfield is also the only team in the Texas League with double-digit wins. Prior to this season, Church was a High-A Peoria Chief (2023) and a Single-A Palm Beach Cardinal (2022). Including play so far this season, he owns a career .273 average across 160 Minor League games.

Church played three seasons at UC Irvine in the Big West Conference from 2020-2022. The Southern California native slashed .341/.405/.515 in 120 NCAA games. During the 2021 season, he led the NCAA in triples (8) while setting a program record with 100 hits in a single season for the Anteaters. Church was named All-Big West First Team, Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Third Team All-American and Freshman All-American that season. St Louis selected him in the 11th round of the 2022 MLB Draft.


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Robberse Named International League Pitcher of the Week

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Memphis Redbirds right-handed pitcher Sem Robberse was named International League Pitcher of the Week, as announced Monday, April 22 by Minor League Baseball.

Robberse, who was acquired by St. Louis at the trade deadline last season, earned his third win of the season on Friday, April 19 at the Gwinnett Stripers (Triple-A, Atlanta Braves). The right-handed pitcher tossed a career-high 8.0 innings, allowed one unearned run on one hit, walked two and tied a career high with eight strikeouts.

Sem Robberse

With the outing, Robberse is now tied for the league lead in wins (3) and win percentage (1.000). He is also top-10 in innings pitched (T-2nd, 22.2), ERA (2nd, 1.59), strikeouts (tied-9th, 23), batting average against (tied-6th, .192) and WHIP (2nd, 0.93).

Robberse is scheduled to make his next start at AutoZone Park on Friday, April 26 at 11:05 a.m. CDT against the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Triple-A, Miami Marlins).


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An Adieu to Whitey Herzog

Guest contributor Paul Lore shares his goodbye to the late Hall of Fame manager of the St. Louis Cardinals.



By Paul Lore

Fate carries some aloft like seeds to the wind dropping them amidst a sea of trees and saplings to compete for the sunlight. Those same winds carried Whitey Herzog both near and far until he finally settled near his place of origin.

Dorrel Norman Elvert “Whitey” Herzog was born on November 9, 1931, in New Athens, Illinois, a mere 30 miles as the crow flies from St. Louis.  But his was a meandering flight, much like the erratic flight of a Cardinal that he ultimately became himself.  His father worked at the Mound City brewery; his mother labored in a shoe factory; their son delivered newspapers and dug graves for a local funeral parlor when he was not playing sandlot baseball or shooting baskets in the winter.

Herzog possessed enough physical talent to play professional baseball, first spending six years in the minor leagues before earning a promotion to the American League where he amassed 414 hits spread out over eight years with four different teams.   Baseball ‘retired him’ at a time when journeymen players could look forward to the anonymity of an everyday job for the next 30 years.  Herzog initially tried that route but u-turned back to Baseball, which as he quipped was good to him when he quit trying to play it.

The former ballplayer started at the lower levels, first as scout and then as a coach for the lowly Kansas City Athletics.   He moved on to New York where he was a third base coach, and later appointed the director of player development where his keen eye for talent helped stock the team that turned the inept Mets to baseball champions in 1969 and National League champs in 1973.  Perseverance was rewarded—or punished—when he accepted a job as big-league manager with the cellar dweller Texas Rangers.  The Rangers skipper went down with a sinking ship overloaded with losses, which underscored the adage that ‘ya gotta have the horses’ to win.

Whitey Herzog

Whitey secured a second chance with the Kansas City Royals, another losing team but with emerging young talent that included a kid named George Brett.  There, he built a team with speed and defense that dominated play in spacious Royal Stadium.  The following season, his club began a string of three straight division crowns only to lose to the hated Yankees in the playoffs, a team with deep pockets and a deeper bullpen that the Royals could not match.  Due to a personality conflict with the owner’s wife, Herzog was sent packing after finishing second in 1979.  Kansas City’s loss proved St. Louis’ gain.

The proud Cardinals franchise was moribund in the 1970s, due in large measure to team owner August Busch who fumed over his ballplayers’ perceived intransigence when they solidified their union and held out for more money.  His answer was to ship off talented ‘malcontents’, and to hire Vern Rapp as manager, a martinet who thought the ways to win required the elimination of his ballplayers’ facial hair and an uncompromising enforcement of petty rules.

To right the ship, Herzog needed to loosen the owner’s grip on the helm.   He accomplished that goal by gaining the Beer Baron’s confidence over the course of many of their card games and imbibing more than a few of Gussie’s brews.  Mr. Busch ceded power over the team’s operations to his newly anointed General Manager and Field Boss.

In the span of 12 months, the Redbirds restructured the team via eight transactions that featured 31 players, which included trading away fan favorite Ted Simmons.  In 1981, the club’s best player Gary Templeton was booed for not running out a play at first base who in turn demonstratively flipped the bird at Cardinal fans.  Herzog endeared himself with the faithful when he physically yanked the offender off the field.  In what proved a masterful trade, the talented Templeton was shipped to San Diego for Ozzie Smith, a defensive magician who glued the infield.

The new field boss proved a players’ manager if they played baseball his way—running the bases aggressively, playing solid defense and faithfully executing baseball fundamentals.    His players in turn grew to appreciate his uncanny and innovative tactics, referring to him as the ‘White Rat’.   Keith Hernandez—who also played for both Davey Johnson and Joe Torre, both of whom managed teams to championships—said that Herzog was the best at managing the game within the game.  Knowledgeable Jack Buck who called literally thousands of games repeated the praise.

Soon, the St. Louis ballclub returned to the top of the National League, doubling attendance, while winning pennants in 1982, 1985 and 1987. The Cardinals were crowned world champions in 1982, and absent ill-fortune could have won all three of those world series contests.

Whitey Herzog

Pennants engender fan favor, but Herzog found a higher place with St. Louisans than by merely winning.  With Budweiser in hand, he held court with sportswriters after games, his homespun witticisms and shared baseball acumen made good copy.  His interviews proved both edifying and entertaining.  The dean of baseball statisticians Bill James expressed how much he enjoyed and learned from listening to Whitey’s pregame interviews, and oft quoted him in his treatises on baseball.  In short, Whitey Herzog was both a field tactician and motivator of men, who also entertained us.

The White Rat ran his ballclub through the decade of the 1980’s, but team’s ownership usurped his authority and pinched the team’s pocketbook.  The players and their meddlesome agents seemed more intent on padding stats; to them, running the bases, defense and playing small ball counted less in contract negotiations.   The team’s losses multiplied.  Whitey resigned midway through the 1990 season, departing with one of his trademark quips: “I came here in last place, and I leave here in last place.”  Yet, a third of a century later, the Redbird faithful still held a soft spot for their erstwhile manager.

Tony La Russa who later managed the Cardinals to success that also included three pennants, was liked by Cardinal fans, but never loved.  The wine sipping, taciturn La Russa was a prickly pear compared to his gregarious, beer drinking counterpart.  Unlike La Russa, who believed that his obligation to the fans was strictly limited to wins and losses, Herzog recognized that baseball was part of the St. Louis fabric for whom something more was owed.  What Whitey said of Mike Shannon could just as easily been paraphrased about himself: “…he’s a fit here in St. Louis.  He speaks the language of the people in this area.”

Matt Carpenter and Whitey Herzog (USA TODAY Sports)

Indeed, Herzog was one of us.  He remained married to his wife Mary Lou for 71 years.  He fished with friends, and never forgot his roots.  He boasted that he could drive by his hometown tavern and tell you who was sitting where and what he was drinking.  The former Redbirds skipper remained a constant at the Cardinals’ opening day—even appearing at Busch Stadium a mere 11 days before his death.  He remained available and entertained us with his baseball acumen and wit until the end.

When he spoke at his induction ceremony, Herzog noted that being selected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame was like going to heaven before you die.  We hope to see Whitey there someday; his winsome spirit will certainly keep us entertained.


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Wednesdays With Walton and Newberry – April 17, 2024

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The Cardinal Nation’s Brian Walton is joined by scouting analyst Blake Newberry for a weekly discussion of St. Louis Cardinals news, with a focus on player development and the minor leagues.

Our Wednesday podcasts are quick hitting and timely, covering a short list of current topics in 15-20 minutes. More information on everything we discuss can be found in articles here at The Cardinal Nation.

This week, Brian and Blake look at a quick prospect promotion and a league Pitcher of the Week in the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system. Early stats leaders are recognized, including hitters R.J. Yeager, Bryan Torres, Anyelo Encarnacion and Cesar Prieto. Pitchers profiled include Alec Willis, Quinn Mathews, Tink Hence and Jose Davila.

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Cardinals and Baseball Mourn the Passing of Whitey Herzog

The Hall of Fame manager, who passed away at age 92, took the St. Louis Cardinals to three World Series in the 1980’s.



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The St. Louis Cardinals organization, the St. Louis community and baseball fans everywhere were saddened this morning (Tuesday, April 16) to learn of the passing of Hall of Famer Dorrel Norman Elvert “Whitey” Herzog at the age of 92.   Herzog, who is survived by his wife of 71 years, Mary Lou Herzog, their three children; Debra, David and Jim, and their spouses; nine grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren, was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010.  Herzog led his Cardinals teams to three (1982, 1985 & 1987) World Series, including a World Series title in 1982, and he ranks 3rd on the franchise’s all-time managerial wins list with 822.

Whitey Herzog

“On behalf of the entire St. Louis Cardinals organization, I would like to offer our condolences to the family and many friends of Whitey Herzog,” said Cardinals’ Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bill DeWitt, Jr.  “Whitey and his teams played a big part in changing the direction of the Cardinals franchise in the early 1980s with an exciting style of play that would become known as “Whitey Ball” throughout baseball.  Whitey loved the Cardinals, their fans, and St. Louis.  He will be sorely missed.”

The Herzog family issued the following statement:

“Whitey spent his last few days surrounded by his family.  We have so appreciated all of the prayers and support from friends who knew he was very ill.  Although it is hard for us to say goodbye, his peaceful passing was a blessing for him.”

A native of New Athens, Ill., in the Metro East area of St. Louis, Herzog managed the Cardinals from 1980 to 1990. He ranks third in franchise history with 822 victories – trailing only Tony La Russa (1,408) and Red Schoendienst (1,041) – and his teams won three National League pennants and the 1982 World Series.

Herzog took over the Redbirds on June 9, 1980 and two months later, Herzog turned over his on-field managerial duties to become general manager and have more direct involvement in player personnel. He assumed the dual role of field manager and general manager in October that year.

At the winter meetings that December, Herzog began to transform the Cardinals with three blockbuster trades involving 21 players. He envisioned a team built on speed and defense in spacious Busch Stadium.

St. Louis posted the best record in the N.L. in 1981 but finished second in the East Division in both halves of the strike-interrupted season and did not make the playoffs. Herzog relinquished his general manager duties on Opening Day of the 1982 season and the Cardinals went on to win the World Series with a thrilling seven-game victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. It marked the franchise’s first championship in 15 years.

Whitey Herzog

Two more pennants followed in 1985 and 1987. Meanwhile, fans flocked to Busch Stadium to watch the Cardinals’ entertaining style of play that became known as “Whitey Ball.” In Herzog’s eight full seasons as skipper, St. Louis drew at least 2.4 million spectators annually while topping the three million plateau for the first two times in club annals (1987 and 1989). Herzog, who valued his sterling relationship with owner August Busch, Jr., resigned July 5, 1990, less than a year after Busch died, and did not manage again.

Before coming to St. Louis, Herzog managed the Texas Rangers (1973), California Angels (1974 on an interim basis) and Kansas City Royals (1975-79). The Royals won three straight American League West Division titles from 1976 to 1978 but fell to the New York Yankees in the League Championship Series all three times.

Herzog’s lifetime managerial record was 1,281-1,125, a .532 winning percentage. His win total ranks 39th on baseball’s all-time list.  He was voted the 1982 Major League Manager of the Year award and the 1985 N.L. Manager of the Year. The charismatic “White Rat” also spent time as a big league coach, farm system director and scout, and briefly served as general manager of the Angels in 1993 and 1994.

Primarily an outfielder during an eight-year big-league playing career, Herzog batted .257 with 25 home runs and 172 RBI for the Washington Senators (1956-58), Kansas City Athletics (1958-60), Baltimore Orioles (1961-62) and Detroit Tigers (1963).

As a minor leaguer with the McAlester (Okla.) Rockets in 1949, Herzog was christened with the name “Whitey” by sportscaster Bill Speith for his light-colored hair.

Whitey Herzog (AP photo)

Herzog was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010 by the Veterans Committee. Two days before the enshrinement ceremonies July 25, Cardinals Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. announced that Herzog’s number 24 would be retired by the organization. Herzog wore No. 3 in 1980, but infielder Ken Oberkfell gave up No. 24 after the season and Herzog took it. Herzog was voted the manager on the All-Busch Stadium II team in 2005 and was an inaugural member of the Cardinals Hall of Fame in 2014.

Herzog was the 2nd oldest living National Baseball Hall of Famer.  Willie Mays, also 92, was born in May of 1931, six months prior to Whitey (November 9, 1931).

The Herzog family is planning a private celebration of life service after a period of grieving, and ask that any donations please be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children.

Statement from the Commissioner of Baseball

Commissioner of Baseball Robert D. Manfred, Jr. issued the following statement today regarding the passing of Hall of Fame manager Whitey Herzog, who was 92:

“Whitey Herzog was one of the most accomplished managers of his generation and a consistent winner with both ‘I-70’ franchises.  He made a significant impact on the St. Louis Cardinals as both a manager and a general manager, with the Kansas City Royals as a manager, and with the New York Mets in player development.  Whitey’s Cardinals’ teams reached the World Series three times in the 1980s, winning the Championship in 1982, by leaning on an identity of speed and defense that resonated with baseball fans across the world.

“On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my deepest condolences to Whitey’s family, his friends across the game, and the fans of the Cardinals and the Royals.”

The Cardinal Nation’s take

We join the countless baseball fans who mourn the passing of one of the greatest Cardinals of all time.

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The Cardinal Nation’s Local Minor League Reporters – 2024

Clockwise from upper right – Ben Kinealy, Curtis Chamblee, Jayden Pettus, Porter Staloch, Ryan Anthony

With the St. Louis Cardinals’ four full-season minor league clubs having officially taken the fields Friday, April 5 for the first time in 2024, The Cardinal Nation is bringing you along via our local reporting coverage that continues all season and into the fall.

Here, every day is Minor League Day! For many years, TCN has been your one-stop home for St. Louis Cardinals system-wide information – headlined by a team of reporters who are working at the games!

Our writers reside in the cities where their Cardinals affiliate clubs are located and are credentialed media at their local ballparks. They share their first-hand insight with members on an immediate basis for breaking news and on a regular schedule for in-depth reports.

And each reporter has already published one or more articles in this young season.

Covering the Cardinals’ four full-season clubs are experienced reporters and writers – Curtis Chamblee for Triple-A Memphis, Jayden Pettus at Double-A Springfield, Porter Staloch covering A-Advanced Peoria and Ryan Anthony at Class-A Palm Beach. You can read more about all four here.

The Cardinal Nation’s reporters give you the scoop directly from the ballpark on what is happening with their club: player movement, role changes, injuries, who is hot and not and more – going beyond what you can learn from simply reading box scores and following tweets and blog posts.

Weekly eyewitness reports from our minor league writers have begun and are available exclusively to TCN members on the following schedule.

  • Tuesday: Palm Beach Cardinals Notebook by Ryan Anthony
  • Wednesday: Peoria Chiefs Notebook by Porter Staloch
  • Thursday: Springfield Cardinals Notebook by Jayden Pettus
  • Friday: Memphis Redbirds Notebook by Curtis Chamblee

There’s more!

Once short-season ball begins next month, our local reporter in the Florida Complex League, Paul Ivice, will again kick into gear as well, giving our subscribers unequalled end-to-end first-hand coverage of the Cardinals system here in the US. We will also have weekly in-depth reports on the 2024 Dominican Summer League Cardinals, written by TCN veteran Leonda Markee.

Every game recapped each morning

Of course, you don’t have to wait a week to find out what is happening across the organization. Each morning, our minor league notebooks, recapping all the scores and results around the entire Cardinals system, are available for all readers.

Written by long-time TCN staffer Marilyn Green and newcomer Ben Kinealy, they highlight the previous day’s action and preview the upcoming starting pitchers every morning all season long.

These daily reports are always free.

As player movement and injuries occur, The Cardinal Nation will report on them immediately – not only with basic information, but also outlining implications to the players and rosters.

Draft coverage continues

Leading up to and following the July 14-16 First-Year Player Draft, TCN will deliver in-depth commentary on all of the newest Cardinals, with coverage led by scouting analyst Blake Newberry.

Updated prospect rankings and Players of the Month

Also back for 2024 will be our popular Monthly Cardinals Prospect List Updates, exclusively for TCN members. The top risers and fallers in the organization will be analyzed mid-month starting in May.

At the top of the calendar monthly, we name our system-wide Pitchers and Players of the Month, driven by analysis of multiple candidates. The honors are entirely results-based without consideration of prospect status.

As always, TCN’s publisher and editor Brian Walton will crisscross the system this season. It began in spring training and will continue to Jupiter again for rookie and Class-A ball to the Arizona Fall League and more!

Get your Cardinals minor league information from the team that set and maintains the standard for end-to-end, first-hand coverage of the entire organization. To read more about The Cardinal Nation’s staff members, click here.

For roster and player information

The team rosters here at The Cardinal Nation are kept up to date daily. To access them, click on “ROSTERS/PLAYERS/MOVES” located on the red menu bar on the left of the page beneath The Cardinal Nation site logo.

To see the Cardinals’ entire system by level and position on one page along with every player transaction for every club all year long, check out the always current Roster Matrix at The Cardinal Nation. It has been updated for the regular season and is accessible from the same menu as the team rosters.


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Springfield Cardinals Notebook – 2024 Week 1


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Wednesdays With Walton and Newberry – April 10, 2024

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The Cardinal Nation’s Brian Walton is joined by scouting analyst Blake Newberry for a weekly discussion of St. Louis Cardinals news, with a focus on player development and the minor leagues.

Our Wednesday podcasts are quick hitting and timely, covering a short list of current topics in 15-20 minutes. More information on everything we discuss can be found in articles here at The Cardinal Nation.

This week, Brian and Blake concentrate on the rosters of the three St. Louis Cardinals minor league affiliates which began play on Friday, April 5. The teams are Double-A Springfield, High-A Peoria and Low-A Palm Beach. Key prospect additions for 2024 are noted, as well as emerging players to watch and early season promotion candidates on all three clubs.

Notes

All video of episodes of the return of Wednesday With Walton and Newberry at The Cardinal Nation can be found here.

The audio is also simulcast each week via the Scoops Sports Network on your favorite podcast apps.


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Wednesdays With Walton and Newberry – April 3, 2024

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The Cardinal Nation’s Brian Walton is joined by scouting analyst Blake Newberry for a weekly discussion of St. Louis Cardinals news, with a focus on player development and the minor leagues.



Our Wednesday podcasts are quick hitting and timely, covering a short list of current topics in 15-20 minutes. More information on everything we discuss can be found in articles here at The Cardinal Nation.

This week, Brian and Blake focus on the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds roster. Key additions to the team for 2024 are noted, as well as the trial of Thomas Saggese at shortstop, the hot bat of Jose Fermin, the power of Luken Baker and speed of Mike Antico.  The rotation is discussed, including who might be in line for a promotion to St. Louis, and they close with a look at Memphis’ late-inning relievers.

Notes

After this episode was taped, the Cardinals scratched Sonny Gray’s planned rehab start with Memphis on Wednesday evening due to weather concerns in Indianapolis.

All video episodes of the return of Wednesday With Walton and Newberry at The Cardinal Nation can be found here.

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Memphis Redbirds Opening Roster Analysis


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Wednesdays With Walton and Newberry – March 27, 2024

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The Cardinal Nation’s Brian Walton is joined by scouting analyst Blake Newberry for a weekly discussion of St. Louis Cardinals news, with a focus on player development and the minor leagues. 

Our Wednesday podcasts are quick hitting and timely, covering a short list of current topics in 15-20 minutes. More information on everything we discuss can be found in articles here at The Cardinal Nation. 

This week, Brian and Blake review how the Cardinals finished spring training by the numbers, highlight three prospects recently cut from camp and recap the six-man Opening Day injured list. Next is the outfield, with Victor Scott and Michael Siani in center, with Brendan Donovan and Alec Burleson in left. Pitching topics include strengths of Matthew Liberatore in the pen and Zack Thompson in the rotation, plus Rule 5 reliever Ryan Fernandez. To close, key minor league names and dates are outlined. 

Notes 

All video of episodes of the return of Wednesday With Walton and Newberry at The Cardinal Nation can be found here. 

The audio is also simulcast each week via the Scoops Sports Network on your favorite podcast apps. 

Now Available – 2024 Cardinals Prospect Guide  

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Special half-price off deal for paid subscribers. Order your PDF or printed book copy today. 

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Cardinals Minors Spring Game Highlights – March 24, 2024


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