Found February 25, 2012 on Fox Sports Midwest:
JUPITER, Fla. -- If Cardinals Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith could still do his trademark backflip at age 57, he surely would have done one as he entered the field Saturday morning. Fifteen years after a feud with manager Tony La Russa contributed to his retirement, Smith suited up in a Cardinals uniform and returned to the field as a guest instructor. "It's nice breathing good baseball air," Smith said. "It's really like coming home. It really is." Smith accepted an invitation from new manager Mike Matheny to join the club in uniform this spring, something he hasn't done since he retired following the 1996 season. He'll stay about a week, working with infielders, base runners and in any other areas the Cardinals see fit. The 13-time Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner walked out to the back fields at Roger Dean Stadium Saturday morning after practice had already begun. He found former teammate Willie McGee, who is also back as a guest instr...

Hall of Fame shortstop Smith suits up with Cards

Ozzie Smith suited up with the St. Louis Cardinals as a spring training instructor for the first time, saying it was nice to breathe baseball air. A rift with manager Tony La Russa over the way Smith's playing career ended led to his estrangement, aside from formal functions. But the Hall of Fame shortstop has been welcomed back into the fold by new manager Mike Matheny. The...

Talking Cardinals spring training baseball on WGEM

On Friday, I joined Josh Houchins on WGEM ESPN 1440 Radio to talk St. Louis Cardinals spring training baseball. Josh is the host of WGEM SportsCenter, the only sports talk show in the Quincy, Ill. Area, from 7:00–9:00 A.M. every morning. You can learn more at and follow the show on Twitter at @wgemesc Sister station WGEM 105.1 FM is a member of the Cardinals radio network...

Hall of Fame shortstop Smith suits up with Cards

Ozzie Smith suited up with the St. Louis Cardinals as a spring training instructor for the first time, saying it was nice to breathe baseball air.

How many games will the 2012 Cardinals win?

As players reported to spring training camps, the first betting lines on the number of individual team wins during the 2012 Major League season were released by the Atlantis Casino in Reno, Nev. You can see the full list here, but the National League Central participants opened as follows: Chicago Cubs    73.5 wins Cincinnati Reds    86.5 (-120o) Houston Astros    62.5 Milwaukee...

Carpenter likely to get Opening Day nod

Though unwilling to officially name the Cardinals' Opening Day starter, manager Mike Matheny said he is "certainly leaning in that direction" when asked if Chris Carpenter would be the one earning that honorary nod.

No news is good news to start St. Louis Cardinals Spring Training

The St. Louis Cardinals opened camp for pitchers and catchers Feb. 18 and had their first full-squad workout Thursday in Jupiter, Fla. So far there hasn’t been much of note to come from any Spring Training activities, and that’s a good thing. At this point last year the Cardinals had already grabbed headlines throughout the country for two major reasons. First baseman Albert...

Wainwright stays off mound, throws off ground

Ahead of most pitchers because of how early he began his throwing program, Adam Wainwright stayed off the mound on Sunday and instead threw on flat ground. That's no red flag, however, as Wainwright is scheduled to throw another session of live batting practice on Tuesday.

Matt Carpenter hopes his versatility puts him on Cardinals' roster

JUPITER, Fla. • A sensation last spring, Cardinals minor leaguer Matt Carpenter has started this spring training thinking only about variation.

Cards giving Greene chance to win 2B job (AP)

St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak would like to see Tyler Greene take over for Skip Schumaker as the team's regular second baseman. First-year manager Mike Matheny isn't ready to commit to the switch. "I'm trying not to have any preconceived ideas what that is going to look like over there," Matheny said.

October hero Freese kept priorities straight

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) The offseason has been a whirlwind for suddenly famous St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese. After rocketing to stardom as the NL championship series and World Series MVP, the team's No. 6 hitter got the red carpet treatment all over. There was a late-night sitdown with David Letterman, an appearance on the Country Music Awards and countless interviews...

Cardinals cautious about Craig's return

Cardinals are hoping for the best but preparing for the worst regarding Allen Craig's availability for opening day.

Wainwright feels back on track

Adam Wainwright "celebrated' the unofficial anniversary Friday of the right elbow injury that forced him to a surgeon's table.

New Cardinals manager Matheny not worried about La Russa's shadow

Mike Matheny insists there is no point trying to replace Tony La Russa, just like there's no point trying to replicate Albert Pujols' bat.

New manager not worried about La Russa's shadow

JUPITER, FLA. (AP) - Mike Matheny fields the question that comes pretty much on a daily basis with the dexterity of the four-time Gold Glove catcher he used to be.He insists there is no point trying to replace Tony La Russa. Just like there's no point trying to replicate Albert ...

MLB Player Looks Like Sgt. Slaughter?, & More

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