St. Louis Cardinals: Less than a week away from games
The St. Louis Cardinals are less than a week away from the start of Spring Training games and before you know it, Opening Day will be here.
The injury bug may have already visited the St. Louis Cardinals Jupiter, Florida, but nothing is going to stop the sun from shining as baseball is almost officially back. The long winter was one of the most boring offseasons in recent memory and pessimism is at an all-time high.
Thankfully, there’s nothing better in the world to fix pessimism than sunshine and mid-70s temperatures mixed with the sounds of baseball.
It may not be a sunny day in Cardinals’ camp on this Sunday, but we are now officially under one week until the start of Spring Training games.
While pitchers and catchers have already officially reported (and as seen in the above are clearly not having any fun), hitters have to report (officially) tomorrow, however, it seems that almost every player on the Cardinals is already there.
As Jeff Jones notes here, he’s seen 38 of the 40 players on the 40-man roster there already, and that doesn’t include many of the 32 non-roster invites the Cardinals have joining them in camp.
Everyone is eager to get started and while it may not be different from most years, it’s great to see.
Starting next Saturday, the Cardinals will have a game almost every day for the next month before a short break before Opening Day.
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The Cardinals kick off their spring schedule against the Mets at 12:05 on Saturday the 22nd, and the game will be televised on Fox Sports Midwest. In all, Fox Sports Midwest will carry 15 of the 30 games but all of them will be available on KMOX or another team’s broadcast.
Highlighting the spring schedule, there are four matchups against the reigning World Series victors, the Washington Nationals, six games against the now-infamous Houston Astros, and our usual seven-ish games against the Marlins (who, if you don’t remember, share the facilities with the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium).
Spring training games don’t decide anything in terms of the regular season, but for many prospects, the spring is the best chance they have to gain exposure early in their careers.
As far as the 26-man roster goes, we will soon detail the position battles that will come from these games, but for now, it should make you beam to know the wait for games is almost over.