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MLB Cardinals' Bill DeWitt Jr. Discusses Team's Continued Success, Top Farm System

DeWitt Jr. has seen the Cardinals make the NLCS nine times in his 18 years as Chair
MLB Cardinals Chair & CEO BILL DEWITT JR. is profiled by Bernie Miklasz of the ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, who writes DeWitt is "more of a hardcore baseball man than we realized." Baseball is DeWitt’s "calling, his family legacy, his joy, and the challenge that gives him the most satisfaction." More than "anything his business is baseball." He has become "a lifer, just like his late father." The Cardinals "have qualified for the NLCS for the third consecutive year, and this is their ninth NLCS in DeWitt’s 18 seasons as team owner." The team under DeWitt has "made it to the postseason 11 times." DeWitt has been "the one constant since buying the team" in '96. Cardinals Senior VP & GM JOHN MOZELIAK said, "Bill’s strength is his vision. He’s someone that understands that there’s a short view, but there’s also a long view. He has the ability to separate the two." Miklasz notes in the last calendar year the Cardinals had MLB's "No. 1 ranked farm system and finished tied" with the Red Sox for the most regular-season wins in '13. That is "an impressive, rare combination." DeWitt said of developing players, "You have to keep on it, every year and every day. And make sure that there are new ways of doing things and new ways of getting information that we take advantage of and not just say 'Oh, we’ve got it all figured out.' Because no one in this game never really figures it out" (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 10/11).
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