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Young Cardinals' Organization Poised For Bright Future Despite Game 6 Loss
Published October 31, 2013
FORWARD THINKING: SI.com’s Joe Lemire notes the Cardinals have 18 homegrown players, and RF Carlos Beltran is “the lone free agent" from the team's 25-man World Series roster. If the organization wants, it can “keep intact the nucleus of a lineup that, in the last three years, won a World Series, lost in the seventh game of the NLCS and lost in the World Series” (SI.com, 10/31). MLB.com’s Mike Bauman writes to say the Cardinals “could be back this way soon is to assume a great deal,” but no other MLB club is “better set up for success in the immediate future than the Redbirds.” Matheny said, “There’s been a lot of talk about that, and rightfully so. ... There’s a lot of things to be excited about moving forward” (MLB.com, 10/31). ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick writes the Cardinals “will continue to serve as a model of continuity when they report to spring training in February.” The Cardinals “struggled to come to grips with a wonderful season that was punctuated by a disappointing ending.” Crasnick: “It produced a hollow feeling that will serve as motivation moving forward, if only because they'll do everything in their power to avoid re-living it” (ESPN.com, 10/31).