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

By Bernie Miklasz | February 24, 2017 | 1 Comment

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 …

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

By Bernie Miklasz | February 23, 2017 | 4 Comments

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 …

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

By Bernie Miklasz | February 23, 2017 | 8 Comments

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 …

Bernie Bits: Six Thoughts On the Cardinals In Only 288 Words

By Bernie Miklasz | February 22, 2017 | 8 Comments

1. When Ozzie Smith, Jose Oquendo or another coach works with shortstop Aledmys Diaz this spring, they have to stretch his range on ground balls hit to his right; Diaz was a minus 8 (via Fielding Bible) on grounders to that side in 2016, and was a plus defender on GBs hit to his left. …

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

By Bernie Miklasz | February 22, 2017 | 1 Comment

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 …

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

By Bernie Miklasz | February 21, 2017 | 13 Comments

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 …

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

By Bernie Miklasz | February 21, 2017 | 12 Comments

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 …

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

By Bernie Miklasz | February 20, 2017 | 19 Comments

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 …

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

By Bernie Miklasz | February 20, 2017 | 24 Comments

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 …

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

By Bernie Miklasz | February 17, 2017 | 7 Comments

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, …