While the St. Louis Cardinals have had their share of sad news this week with the passing of Stan Musial, there is a lot to be excited about in 2013.
With spring training just around the corner, the Cardinals have dealt with several past problems and seen positive developments in areas that just needed a little nudge.
This team, even without Kyle Lohse, has the potential to be a better fielded team than last year with more solidity in a few lineup slots and a defensive position.
Given how deep the Cardinals managed to play into October last year, I see no reason fans shouldn’t be pumped up about the team we should begin seeing in just a few weeks.
Here are eight encouraging signs for the Cardinals as the 2013 baseball season continues to draw near.