St. Louis Cardinals: Players gauge 2016 season

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Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
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The St. Louis Cardinals 2016 Winter Warmup featured lots of interaction and young talent. Here are some.

Mike Ohlman on his early perception of the St. Louis Cardinals-“I know a lot about the Cardinals. They win. They breed winners. It’s not just big leaguers.”

Ohlman on his 2016 aspirations-“The door is open. There’s a lot of luck. I caught some eyes last year. I laid a good foundation. When my opportunity comes, I will take it. I want to be in St. Louis.”

Which pitcher is Ohlman most familiar with?“Alex Reyes. I worked with him more than anybody in Springfield and the Arizona Fall League. We got a good relationship going.”

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Mitch Harris on bullpen competition-“It’s a matter of being prepared. I’ll fill whatever void they need me to fill.”

Jhonny Peralta on whether the grind of a 162 season-“I play a lot of games but I like to. It doesn’t matter to me.”

Peralta dished on his future-“In the future I can play other positions too. Third base and outfield. Whatever has me stay in game of baseball.”

Sam Tuivailala on his offseason adjustments-“Trying to build up my cutter and changeup. Getting command and a consistent release point.

Kevin Siegrist offered a few tidbits about the upcoming season.

On his role in 2016-“Whatever role you put me in, I’m fine.”

On the Cubs rivalry-“It will make you better. You have to learn from it. It took a little while afterwards. I just have to be better. Gave up two home runs(in playoffs)”

On who may lead the bullpen now that Randy Choate is gone-“”I think Rosie is going to try. Not too sure that’s going to work.”

Mike Matheny on the possibility of Matt Holliday playing first base-“We’ve talked about it. We will let him drive the bus on this. See where it goes.” Matheny also added that Holliday is going to have a ridiculous year.

“I like my team to have fun. Stay loose. Laugh.”-Carlos Martinez on his dugout antics and humor

El Gallo added that his right shoulder stands at about 90 percent but should be ready come spring training.

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Tony La Russa may head up D-Backs operations but he’s still loyal to the Cardinals-“If Cards open at home same day as Arizona, they(DBacks) are gonna miss me. They won’t miss me.”

There was a lot of player-fan interaction and a lot of player-media interaction over the weekend. Answers were given and some remained on the table for the season to answer. As Matheny constantly preached, the games must be played in order for answers to come forward.

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