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  • 7/14/2016 '80s-Era Cardinals on Team Legacy - 101Sports.com

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    80s-Era Cardinals on Team Legacy Postedby:ZoeWolkowitz inMajorLeagueBaseball July16,2014

    FlashbackWeekhasprovided101ESPNtheopportunitytoreliveonethegreaterdecadestheCardinalshaveeverknown.The1980ssawatransitionforbaseball,withoffensivepowernumbershavingdropped.TheCardinalstriumphedduringthistime,however,withthreeNationalLeaguepennantsandaWorldSeriestitle.

    80sMLBstarswerentreliantonthehomerunsorrecognitionbythepress.Baseballwaschangingandbegantorevolvearoundspeedandreliefpitching.Ifateamwon,itwasateameffortnotonebignameorbighit.Infact,ninedifferentteamswonWorldSerieschampionshipsduringthatdecade.

    Oneofmyfavoritethingsaboutthe80swasthevarietytherewasinagame,said101ESPNsKevinWheeler.Inthe80sitseemedlikeeveryteamhadtheirownstyleandanerawhentherewerentrepeatchampions,therewerentindividualfranchisesdominatingtheentiredecade.Ifindthattimejusttobeagreattimeinbaseballhistory.

    Duringthe80sera,teamsbegantochangetheirlineupstofocusonspeed.CardinalsmanagerWhiteyHerzogimplementedthisstrategyand

    usedRunninRedbirdsplayerslikeOzzieSmith,WillieMcGee,LonnieSmith,andVinceColeman.AfterpilingupstolenbasesandcountlessRBIs,thisstyleofplaywasdubbedbythemediaandfansasWhiteyBall.

    IthinkthetwothingsthatarecrazywhenIlookattheteamfrom85isTomHerrwith100RBIsbutonlyeighthomerunsandVinceColemanwith110stolenbases.Justacompletelydifferentstyleofbaseballbackthen,saidAnthonyStalteron101ESPNsTheTurn.

    The82Cardinalshitamajorleaguelowof67homeruns,butstole200basesonthewaytotheirninthworldchampionship.

    WewerentahomerunhittingteambutIthinkthatin1982wewereaveryfundamentallysoundteam,saidOzzieSmithonTheKevinWheelerShow.Oneofthethingsthatmadeusverysuccessfulwasthefactthatwemovedasaunitandpeopledontrealizethatwhenyouplaythegameofbaseballyoumoveasaunit.Whenoneguymoves,itstartsachainreactionandthatwasoneofthethingsthatwasveryspecialaboutourteambecausewewereatotalunitasfarasdefensewasconcerned,wehadrealqualitypitching,wehadveteransthatunderstoodwhattherejobwas.

    Anotherchangethe80seraintroducedwastheriseofreliefpitchingandtheroleofthecloser.TheCardinalsruledtheleaguewithstrongandconsistentpitchingperformances.

    IwassoexcitedtobesittingoutinthebullpenonourbenchwatchingthatspeedthanbeingonthemoundwatchingthatspeedbecauseIjustwatchedpitcher,afterpitcher,afterpitchercomeunraveledonthemoundandworrysomuchaboutsomeonepeepingatfirstorstealingabasethattheyforgetabouthomeplate,saidKenDayley,formerCardinalsreliefpitcher,on101ESPNsTheTurn.

    IvehadsomewonderfulyearsinSt.Louisbutthat1982wasamagicalyearforusbecauseitallworkedanditallcametogethersaidSmith.Wehadguysthatcouldruntheballdownandpitchersthatcouldpitchtoourdefense.Itmadeitaveryeasytriptotheballparkeverydayknowingthatweweregoingtohaveachancetowinbecauseofhowwewentaboutourwork.

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