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Matt Holliday at First Base Isn’t as Crazy as Some Say

By Chris Duncan | March 18, 2016 | 1 Comment

It may not be the most popular opinion, but there may be good reason for all Matt Holliday’s first base reps in spring training. It all comes down to opposing pitching. If lefty Brandon Moss hits better than Matt Adams and Mike Matheny decides he wants both Holliday and Moss in the lineup against right …

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Why Spring Training Is Misleading When Evaluating Young Hitters

By Chris Duncan | March 9, 2016 | 1 Comment

From a young players’ point of view, Spring Training is the time to get the looks from managers and coaches at the Big League level that don’t come easily during the regular season. From the leaders’ perspective, though, Spring is a difficult time to evaluate young hitters. With more than ten spring training seasons under my …

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Wong Signing is an Example of What Makes the Cardinals Organization Great

By Chris Duncan | March 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Cardinals made the right move in signing second baseman Kolten Wong to a five-year deal on Wednesday. While Wong’s defensive mistakes are often frustrating, he’s a good young player with plenty of upside. The miscues on the field won’t be as much of an issue as he continues to get reps and build consistency …

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The Toughest Pitcher I Ever Faced; Whose Name You Don’t Know

By Chris Duncan | February 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

I’m sometimes asked to name the toughest pitcher I faced during my time in Major League Baseball. The answer might surprise you. I’ve stared down a laundry list of big name flame throwers, including Justin Verlander, Roy Oswalt, Brad Lidge, Ben Sheets, and Brad Penny. I actually enjoyed facing a few of those names. I welcomed pitchers who …

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The Time I Homered off Big Unit After Drinking with Nickelback

By Chris Duncan | February 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

Plunk a young group of ballplayers into a perfect Spring Training setting like Jupiter, Florida…pay them handsome salaries, and a memorable story or two is bound to emerge. Mine takes place following the Cardinals’ 2006 World Series championship season, the best of my career stats-wise. I’d never seen a spring training season this well attended …

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The Time I Made Three Errors in One Play

By Chris Duncan | February 11, 2016 | 1 Comment

Three errors on one play…it’s a feat many thought couldn’t be done. But those people hadn’t met me. While defense was never a strong suit in my baseball career, it was especially an issue for me when I was making my way up in the minors. Right out of high school, I logged my first …

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A Trip to Yankee Stadium I’ll Never Forget

By Chris Duncan | February 5, 2016 | 1 Comment

Growing up with a Major League Baseball coach as a father, my favorite memories are of when my dad would let my brother Shelley and me tag along on team road trips. We were lucky enough to catch a game with Dad at nearly every ballpark in America, but the one stop we were never …

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Adams over Moss is Cardinals’ Best Option at First Base

By Chris Duncan | January 27, 2016 | 7 Comments

Going into the 2016 season, it’s no secret the Cardinals’ pitching is their strength. The question mark lies in whether or not St. Louis will have enough offensive production to compete with a powerful Cubs lineup. This topic just won’t quit as the season approaches, with sports talkers (Including The Turn) touting the Cubs’ bats vs. …

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Cubs Have Young Bats, but Cardinals Have Pitching

By Chris Duncan | January 21, 2016 | 3 Comments

The wound is still fresh from the shot Jason Heyward took at the Cardinals’ lack of youth compared to the Chicago Cubs, but St. Louis isn’t exactly headed out to pasture. There’s no denying the Cubs have an arsenal of young talent, with a few big bats to take the burden off Heyward to be …

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With Wacha and Martinez in House, Cardinals Don’t Need to Spend Crazy for Pitching

By Chris Duncan | December 18, 2015 | 5 Comments

When the Cardinals lost the bidding war for free agent pitcher David Price, fans were understandably upset at having lost out on a legitimate number one ace. What’s important to remember, though, is what the Cardinals have brewing in-house for the 2016 season. A $217 million front of the rotation pitcher might not make sense for …

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