The addition of outfielder Carlos Beltran, who leads the St. Louis Cardinals in 2012 with five stolen bases, along with a new approach by manager Mike Matheny, has resulted in the Cardinals swiping more bags at a higher success rate than in past seasons. - Photo courtesy of Getty Images
Former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa will go down as one of the best manager of all-time. He is a cinch for the Hall of Fame someday and the Cardinals will retire his number on May 11th.
But a knock on La Russa, especially in St. Louis where fans adored "Whitey Ball" under Hall of Fame manager Whitey Herzog throughout the 1980's, was that La Russa's style was too "American League." La Russa utilized the long-ball on most occasions during his time in St. Louis. How could you blame him, with the likes of Mark McGwire and Albert Pujols hitting in the middle of his batting order.
Now that La Russa has retired, new manager Mike Matheny has implemented a sligh...