The defending World Series Champions will embark on their title defense April 4 in Miami when they take center stage against the new-look Marlins.
But the Cardinals have a different appearance to them as well with future Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa retired, pitching coach Dave Duncan on a leave of absence and slugger Albert Pujols gone to Anaheim.
Pitcher Adam Wainwright returns from Tommy John surgery and veteran outfielder Carlos Beltran was added to the mix as the Cardinals look to make first-year manager Mike Matheny a winner in his debut season.
With the new season set to begin, here's a closer look at the 2012 Cardinals.
Three reasons to be excited:
Adam Wainwright After missing the entire 2011 season due to Tommy John surgery last February, Wainwright has shown no signs of the injury this spring. He didn't allow a run until his fifth spring start and has appeared just as dominant as the pitcher who won 20 games in 2010. A healthy Wainwright brings a huge boost to...