While it might not quite be what fans are waiting for yet, we are about a month away from the unofficial start of 2019 baseball. While the St. Louis Cardinals have not officially announced the day that they will have pitchers and catchers report to camp, it’s still safe to say this marks about a month until it happens.
Teams don’t generally spread out the days in which they have pitchers and catchers report to camp, and this year seems no different. All 10 teams that have announced the date their pitchers and catchers will be asked to report in have the day on either February 12 or February 13, and the rest of the teams in the league, including the St. Louis Cardinals, should follow suit.
This means that we are about a month away from the beginning of baseball activities again. While the baseball offseason is relatively short compared to other sports like football (especially college), it still feels like the Opening Day is a long time coming every single year.
This season might honestly be even worse than usual, but it’s for all the right reasons. Obviously, the St. Louis Cardinals as a team is as talented as it has been in several years, and I like most Cardinal fans miss the excitement of watching the birds on the bat grace the postseason.
Even with NL Central rivals making significant upgrades to their teams in the wake of the Paul Goldschmidt and Andrew Miller acquisitions, the feeling around Cardinal nation is that this team should be able to break their long postseason drought this season, whether it be as the NL Central winner or as a Wild Card.
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This should make for a division that is as exciting as it has been in years. The divisional series between the Cubs, Brewers, and Cardinals this season will be intense, and something that should be incredibly entertaining with all of the newly acquired star power involved.
On top of that, this will be the first full year with Mike Shildt. Plenty of people in the comments tell me that my constantly going back to railing on Mike Matheny shows a lack of creativity, but not having Matheny anymore is something that that does honestly make me feel excited about the St. Louis Cardinals this season. It feels like a new chapter in Cardinals history, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store.
On top of that, this team has a lot of people that we will watch grow before our very eyes, Shildt included. Hopes for Alex Reyes are back and bright, and the prospects of guys like Jack Flaherty, Yairo Munoz, Tyler O’Neill, Harrison Bader, and many more ready to show us why they belong in the Show. Watching these guys continue to grow towards achieving their full potential on an already talented team will make this season all the sweeter.
The return of St. Louis Cardinals baseball should bring nothing but joy to fans, and pitchers reporting will mark the official beginning of Andrew Miller’s tenure as a Cardinal. It might seem like a ways away, but it will only be a matter of time before we get to see that first pitch in March that commences the 2019 MLB season.