Spring Postcard: Cardinals resort to college feel at camp
It's bizarre how Tony LaRussa's team has no lefties in its rotation
With guys moving around from one position to the next, camp feels like college
The Cardinals may have to go without Troy Glaus for a month or so
1) Lefties: take the field.
2) Their outfield is peculiar, to say the least.
3) Welcome to Major Leagues 101.
I have no idea how you can have a competition for the closer's job in spring training. Getting the last three outs in Jupiter against a gaggle of Marlins kids ticketed for Class A is nothing like working through the heart of the Cubs order in a one-run game at Wrigley Field. I don't believe the game results tell you much at all. Command, control, mound presence, pure stuff ... sure, you can see that. But it's like parachuting: you can't really approximate the real thing. That said, Jason Motte, who could battle Chris Perez for the job, has a live arm. The converted catcher has the closer's starter kit: overgrown facial hair, no windup, angry fastball. Think Eric Gagne, hopefully without the PEDs.
Wish you were here
Actually, Troy Glaus is here, but who knows when he might play again. His surgically repaired shoulder isn't ready for baseball activities, so the Cardinals are likely to play a month or so of the season without him. That's bad timing for the fall of Troy. April is the best month in his career monthly splits.
I've never seen this in a camp before, but as groups of players made their way through hitting and fielding stations on various fields, one of the stops was simply a conversation with manager Tony LaRussa. Players, in groups of three or four, sat down on the grass off the third-base line of a back field and simply listened to LaRussa talk instructional baseball. Just another college-like moment in Cardinals camp.
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