The Cardinals were the 27th club visited by former Cardinals star and manager Joe Torre, now chief baseball officer for Major League Baseball. The meetings are held every year in spring training and rules changes, etc., are discussed, such as the new visits to the mound rule but Torre said, “I can’t comment on anything. I can’t talk about it until I talk to all 30 clubs.”
But Torre did talk about one thing _ that he would like to see defensive fundamentals, baserunning and contact hitting “be a part of our game instead of as many home runs and swings and misses that we’ve had.
“When there are so many swings and misses, it’s really tough on the manager in certain aspects of the way he’d like to manage” Torre said.
“Will it change soon? I don’t know. But I’d like to see it change. Is it my age (77), at what I find entertaining?
“Some people are excited about home runs. I’ve always put winning ahead of that stuff.”
Last spring Torre was the general manager of the U.S. club that won the World Baseball Classic and he was the manager of the club four years before that.
As he spoke to a reporter outside the Cardinals’ clubhouse, Torre spied reliever Luke Gregerson, whose work was done for the day.
“He was a part of both my teams,” said Torre of Gregerson.
“When’s the next one?” Gregerson asked. The next WBC will be in 2012. Gregerson will be 37 then.