Cards use discussion sessions as way to teach in spring training
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 15: National League All-Star Manager Mike Matheny of the St. Louis Cardinals looks on during the 85th MLB All-Star Game at Target Field on July 15, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) By Elsa
JUPITER, Fla. (Baseball STL) -- One of the ways the Cardinals got their work in on Friday during the rain wasn't a physical workout. It was more of a mental exercise. The team used certain rooms to hold discussion sessions.
Former Cardinals pitcher Cal Eldred, here in camp as an instructor, was a moderator in which he gave players a situation and let them take it from there. The guys would then talk about what they would do in that circumstance, what they're thinking and why.
Others would chime in and several players later said they got a lot of out it.
?Manager Mike Matheny says exercises like this are absolutely by design.
"I learned more as a young player hiding in my locker just listening to guys talk. They'd talk about their approach. I'd listen to a pitcher and hear it through a hitter's eyes and think 'okay, this is what he's thinking in this situation'," Matheny said.
That's why the manager thought it'd be a great idea to just take a day where, yes guys would work out some, but they'd also sit back and learn. Sometimes you don't have to learn from the coaches. You can learn from your teammates. Maybe there's a situation where you would do one thing but three or four other guys would do something else and after careful thought you think the other players have the better approach.
This is just one of many ways which makes Cardinals camp different from other teams.