Originally written on The Cardinal Nation blog  |  Last updated 11/26/12
In a cost-cutting move made last fall, the New York Mets exited from the rookie-level Gulf Coast League (GCL), while maintaining their presence in the Appalachian League, the next rung up in the rookie-level food chain. The organization recently announced that their hiatus from the GCL was just one season in duration, with the Mets set to compete in both leagues in 2013. The Mets return to the GCL is good news for the St. Louis Cardinals, whose Jupiter, Florida base is located just 33 miles away from the Mets’ Port St. Lucie facility. Due to the geographic disbursement of baseball’s Florida training facilities, the 2012 GCL Cardinals played their entire 60-game schedule against just three opponents. They were either within walking distance or a long van ride away, with nothing in between. Only one organization, the Miami Marlins, is nearby, as they share the Roger Dean complex facilities with the Cardinals. The other two – the Astros and Nationals – are at least two hours away – in ...
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