The Cardinal Nation, TheCardinalNation.com, is the online leader for exclusive, objective and independent coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals, specializing on end-to-end coverage of its minor league system.
Founded in 1998 as The Birdhouse, we provide the ultimate fan experience through community interaction with our team of writers, analysts and locally-based reporters at all of the Cardinals minor league ballparks – from Triple-A Memphis to the backfield action in the rookie-level Complex Cardinals.
In 2017, TCN returned to independent status after more than 12 years with the Scout.com network (affiliated with FOX Sports and later CBS), and continues to feature the same insiders content Cardinals fans have followed for more than two decades.
Anthony Cullotta is from Huntley IL, and grew up playing baseball throughout High School. He grew up as a Cubs fan but most importantly a fan of the sport. Anthony is a Junior Sports Communication major with a Journalism minor at Bradley University and serves as TCN’s beat reporter for the Peoria Chiefs.
A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Bryant Dacus is a journalism major at the University of Memphis and will be a senior in the fall. Bryant was the sports director for WUMR, the school’s student radio station, before the station was shut down during the COVID-19 pandemic. He is also a reporter for GoTigers247, focusing on the Memphis Tigers’ basketball and football teams, and calls play-by-play for Houston High School football, where he played receiver for four years. Bryant covers the Memphis Redbirds for The Cardinal Nation.
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 The Cardinals Nation message board, where she is known as “crdswmn”. Marilyn authors our Monday St. Louis Notebook and is part of the team delivering minor league game recaps each morning in-season. Prior to joining TCN in 2015, she was a staff writer for Redbird Rants from 2012 to 2014, and following at her own blog.
Complex 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.
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. She also serves as a moderator for TCN’s popular message boards.
Blake Newberry is a native of Columbus, Ohio and a long-time follower of the Cardinals system. He attends Hillsdale College where he is a junior pursuing an economics degree with a minor in mathematics. He is an avid baseball fan, who is seeking to stay connected to the game even though his playing days have ended. Blake spends his free time watching baseball, listening to baseball, or reading about baseball and is a general assignment writer for TCN.
Growing up in St. Louis with the 1960’s and 1970’s Cardinals, Lou is married to a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan. Retired from the US Army, he pursues his sports passion through freelance sports writing and broadcasting. Lou’s work has been published on SB Nation, Fansided, LJRSportsMedia and the Chicago Sun-Times. He is the lead play by play announcer for the Texas high school championships in soccer, cross country and swimming and diving. The author of two books, Lou enjoys cooking and traveling with his wife Karen, visiting their family as they try to see every MLB stadium in the U.S.
Springfield Cardinals reporter
Cole Sutton is a lifelong passionate sports fan from Farmington, Missouri finishing his education at Missouri State University. He is a Senior journalism major who is looking to break into the sports world post-graduation. Cole is The Cardinal Nation’s Springfield Cardinals beat reporter.
Residing in West Palm Beach, Florida, Bryce Totz will start his senior year at Florida Atlantic University in the fall. He is majoring in multimedia journalism with a focus on sports. Bryce is also a staff writer at the University Press, the student-run newspaper at FAU, covering football, baseball, and basketball. His ultimate goal is to focus on sports journalism at a national level upon graduation. Bryce is covering the Palm Beach Cardinals for The Cardinal Nation.
Brian Walton has closely followed the St. Louis Cardinals for half a century. Recognized as perhaps the most knowledgeable individual about the Cardinals minor league organization not employed by the team, he stokes that passion running The Cardinal Nation.
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 regular columns on Cardinals minor leaguers for the St. Louis Globe-Democrat and FOX Sports Midwest and did the same in the Cardinals Gameday Magazine in 2017 and 2018. He also appears with Cardinals television voice Dan McLaughlin on his “Wednesday with Walton” podcasts at ScoopsWithDannyMac.com.
Since its creation in 2014, Brian has been a member of the “Red Ribbon” Committee for Cardinals Hall of Fame selections. His historical research has been published in multiple SABR journals.
As an analyst, Brian has guested on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and FNTSY Sports Radio Network as well as on a number of radio stations across the Midwest, including regularly on St. Louis’ 101 ESPN Radio. 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 column at CreativeSports2.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.