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 Gulf Coast League.
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.
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.
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.
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.
State College Spikes reporter
Nick Mazone is a junior at Penn State University who is originally from Albany, New York. He is a Broadcast/Journalism major with a concentration on sports. Nick has written for NBADraft.net as well as GoPSUSports.com. He played baseball throughout his childhood, but now that he is well out of his athletic prime he has resorted to staying involved with sports though his writing. Nick’s ultimate goal is to participate in a sports debate show on ESPN or FS1, but for now, he is serving as TCN’s State College Spikes reporter.
Palm Beach Cardinals reporter
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 freshman 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 covering the Palm Beach Cardinals.
Peoria Chiefs reporter
A native of Des Moines, Iowa, Satchel Perlowski is a sophomore majoring in sports communication and minoring in journalism at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. Satchel dreams of writing for a Major League Baseball team and is covering the Class A Peoria Chiefs for The Cardinal Nation this year.
Frank Ramirez is a native of Memphis, Tenn. and will be senior at the University of Memphis. He is a Journalism major with a minor in Spanish and Photography. Frank is also a Memphis Tigers sports reporter for The Daily Helmsman, an independent student-run newspaper at the UofM, where he covers soccer (men’s and women’s), tennis (men’s), basketball (men’s) and baseball. He also has a passion for sports photography, and shoots photos while he is covering games. (Check out his work @frankramirezphotos on Instagram.) Frank is reporting on the Memphis Redbirds, the defending Triple-A National Champions, for The Cardinal Nation.
Johnson City Cardinals reporter
Cole Sams is a Media and Communications Major at East Tennessee State University and will start his senior year in the fall. He is a native of Newport, Tennessee and had a successful football career both at Webb School of Knoxville and at Davidson College before transferring. Cole is currently a sports and features writer for the East Tennessean student newspaper and wants to work as a professional sports journalist and broadcaster upon graduation. He is covering the Johnson City Cardinals.
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. He currently attends Missouri State University, majoring in journalism and is a sports reporter for the student-run newspaper, The Standard. Readers may know him best from his many years of work on The Cardinal Nation’s top prospect list, writing capsules with a scouting orientation for each of the top 50 players. Derek is a former contributor to Future Redbirds and joined TCN in 2013.
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. Since its creation in 2014, Brian has been a member of 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 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.
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 the “Redbird Report” at 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.