Found February 15, 2012 on Fox Sports Midwest:
ST. LOUIS - Fifteen years after a feud with manager Tony La Russa contributed to his retirement, Cardinals hall of fame shortstop Ozzie Smith will return to the field as a guest instructor with the club during Spring Training. 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. The 13-time Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner is scheduled to visit the Cardinals' Spring Training complex at Roger Dean Stadium the first week of March and stay about four or five days. "I think the tide has turned here and things are hopefully back to where they should be," Smith said. "I'm looking forward to spending some time down there." The source of the strained relationship between Smith and La Russa occurred in 1996, when La Russa took over as Cardinals manager and announced an open competition at shortstop between the incumbent Smith and Royce Clayt...

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