JUPITER, Fla. Cardinals Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith laughed when asked who would have a higher batting average if they still played, he or former Cardinals outfielder Willie McGee.
"Willie probably would," Smith said. "He was that guy that hit .290 on the road and .290 at home, so he'd probably come out and still hit about .260. I'd hit about .250."
While unlikely, it's that type of confidence and skill that the Cardinals hope to draw from with the two former greats back in uniform and around the team for a few weeks during Spring Training.
McGee and Smith are joined by Hall of Fame second baseman Red Schoendienst and fomer Cardinals outfielder Jim Edmonds in camp this week. Hall of Famers Lou Brock, Bruce Sutter and Whitey Herzog are expected down in the near future.
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny allows the former players to roam around camp without a specific duty, giving them time to stop and talk with whoever they see fit.
Edmonds has spent time talking with the o...