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Why Spring Training Is Misleading When Evaluating Young Hitters

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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 belt, and a pitching coach ...

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

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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 were stubborn with their fastballs, thinking ...

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The Time I Homered off Big Unit After Drinking with Nickelback

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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 by media and fans. The ...

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The Time I Made Three Errors in One Play

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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 season of Cardinals A ball ...

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Adams over Moss is Cardinals’ Best Option at First Base

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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. Cardinals’ pitching as the rivalry ...

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

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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 a team with a staff that includes ...

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