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Bernie: The Five Best Head Coaches in St. Louis NFL History

As part of our radio station’s “Salute to Coaches” week, I’m putting together lists, ranking the coaches/managers in St. Louis sports. Today, the five best head coaches in St. Louis NFL history. Obviously, we’re talking about two franchises here: the football Cardinals (1960-1987) and the Rams (1995-2015.) Given that St. Louis fans were treated to only 16 winning records and ...

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The Cardinals’ Battle for 3rd Base: Is This Really a Peralta vs. Gyorko Competition?

The Cardinals’ position players are working hard in Jupiter, but there isn’t much competition for starting jobs. Roster spots, yes. (Is there a fifth outfielder in the house?) Defining roles, yes. (How many at-bats will Matt Adams get in 2017?) For now, the only real scrap for a starting position can be found at third base with Jhonny Peralta vs. ...

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Dexter Fowler Has the Right to Speak His Mind. And You Don’t Get to Make Him ‘Shut Up.’

Mark Saxon, who does a great job of covering the Cardinals on a daily basis for ESPN.com, offered this relatively minor and understated item on Dexter Fowler over the weekend: Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler is among the people not thrilled with President Donald Trump’s attempts to institute a travel ban. Fowler’s wife, the former Darya Aliya Baghbani, was born in ...

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Bernie: The Top Five Managers in St. Louis Cardinals History

Yeah, this list may seem random … why now, right? But there is a reason for it: consider this a bonus offering as part of our radio station’s “Salute to Coaches” (and presumably managers) on 101 ESPN. Before we begin, here are the ground rules: — I considered the managers from 1900 on… — You had to win a World ...

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Yeo! No Longer Snoozing and Losing, the Blues Are Thriving Under Fresh Leadership

I don’t know what new Blues coach Mike Yeo is putting into the water bottles down there at Scottrade Center, but if he has the time, I hope he’ll send some of that powerful elixir over to the radio station. In eight games under Yeo’s direction the Blues are re-energized, refocused, revitalized … and really, really good. Blocking shots at ...

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The Bernie List: 10 Cardinals On the Spot Going Into the 2017 Season

Not that anyone needs to be reminded, but the 2016 Cardinals won only 86 games and failed to extend the franchise streak of making the playoffs for five consecutive seasons. The 2017 Cardinals are facing a season of atonement. In our baseball-obsessed village, it’s unacceptable to be an also-ran. To climb back onto the October stage, this team must spruce ...

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Cardinals Can Survive the Loss Of Alex Reyes In 2017, But What About the Future?

The Cardinals and their fans were jolted by the bad news concerning Alex Reyes, the top prospect and touted future ace who made a lasting, wow-factor impression in his MLB debut late last season. Either as a starter or a late-inning banderilla, Reyes, 22, loomed an enviable asset for the 2017 Cardinals. But instead of preparing for the season, Reyes ...

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For Cardinals Pitcher Michael Wacha: Another Opportunity and Another Stress Test

Tormented by recurring problems with the scapula bone in his right shoulder, a debilitating condition that’s messing with his career, Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha went with a different training approach this past offseason. He worked with weights to strengthen the areas that support the scapula. The Cardinals seem genuinely pleased by the results. “I think he’s in a really good ...

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A Depressing Start to Spring Training: The Cardinals Lose Pitching Phenom Alex Reyes

Spring training is supposed to be a feel-good awakening, a pleasant morning stretch to loosen up for the regular season. It is supposed to be a worry-free time, with doubts and dark clouds overtaken by optimism and sunshine. A hard rain may fall in the coming months, but the spring is should be a haven. The Cardinals were zapped by ...

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