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Bernie Bits: My Cardinals “Watch List” For The 2017 Exhibition Games

The Cardinals and Miami Marlins open Grapefruit League play on Saturday; we can watch the game (noon St. Louis time) on Fox Sports Midwest. It’s great to have baseball back. Spring training games can be fun, especially if you identify a collection of prospects, roster candidates or curiosities to form a “Watch List.” Here’s mine: RHP Sandy Alcantara: Let’s see ...

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Blues GM Doug Armstrong Is In a Tough Spot With Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk

Jeremy Rutherford has an update on the Kevin Shattenkirk situation as the Blues and GM Doug Armstrong near the March 1 NHL trade deadline and a decision on their power-play quarterback. Shattenkirk, 28, vetoed a trade, apparently to Tampa Bay, came with a long-term contract extension. According to JR, the defenseman nixed another trade, last offseason, that would have sent ...

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Bernie: The 5 Worst Head Coaches in St. Louis NFL History

I do not wish to be cruel here. This is not my intention. This has been “Salute to Coaches” week on our radio station, and we’ve paid tribute to some of the finest leaders in the history of the baseball Cardinals, Blues, Rams, and football Cardinals. But if we’re going to jump into history, then let’s dive in. Why? Because ...

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I’m Good With Brain Over Brawn and Stephen Piscotty Batting Cleanup for Cardinals

We had an email question on Wednesday’s radio show: can Stephen Piscotty do the job batting cleanup? Any worries there? Answers: sure, Piscotty can bat No. 4 in Mike Matheny’s lineup. But this has nothing to do with brawn, muscle, prodigious home-run power. When we think of a cleanup hitter a certain vision, a stereotype, comes to mind: Massive, powerful, scary, ...

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Coaches Week: Dabo Swinney Describes His Career’s Path to the 2017 National Title

101ESPN’s “Salute to Coaches Week” always provides insightful interviews from coaches plying their trade at the pro, college and prep levels. This was especially true of Dabo Swinney’s recent visit with The Bernie Miklasz Show. Listening to Swinney’s answers isn’t dissimilar to auditing a master’s class in coaching, or life in general. The Clemson head ball coach gets deep when ...

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Bernie: The Top Five Coaches in St. Louis Blues History

As part of our “Salute to Coaches” week on 101 ESPN, I continue with my look at the best coaches (or managers) to guide the Cardinals, Blues, NFL Cardinals, and NFL Rams. Today … your St. Louis Blues. Opening comments: It’s been a long, strange trip. The Blues have never won a Stanley Cup, a chronic failure that’s become an ...

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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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