JUPITER, Fla. While most of his friends and teammates were partying and celebrating a World Series title that he played a small part in helping them win, Mark Hamilton spent his winter roaming the outfields of Latin America.
Hamilton has been almost exclusively a first baseman since the Cardinals made him a second round supplemental pick out of Tulane University in 2006.
But with Lance Berkman manning first base in 2012, Allen Craig showing he's a future option there and slugging first base prospect Matt Adams expected to continue his ascend at Triple-A Memphis, Hamilton quickly realized first base might not be his ticket to staying in the big leagues.
So after brief outfield appearances the past couple of seasons, the 6-4, 220-pound Hamilton decided to take the new position more seriously this past offseason.
"If your competing for one of the last spots on the team and I think I'm in that type of situation, your versatility comes into play," Hamilton said. "Obviously they ar...