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Matheny: Cards' expectations are higher internally

2014-02-18T11:15:00Z 2014-02-18T15:05:21Z Matheny: Cards' expectations are higher internallyBy Rick Hummel rhummel@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8196 stltoday.com

JUPITER, Fla. • Manager Mike Matheny made his third State of the Cardinals address this morning on the first day of official workouts at the Cardinals' spring training complex. There was loud applause at one point from players and staff, although Matheny said it must have been when he introduced 91-year-old Red Schoendienst, the third oldest living Hall of Famer.

As for how his talk was received, Matheny smiled and said, "Nobody fell asleep or walked out, so it must have been all right.

"Most of it is introductions to personnel and also introductions to the philosophy we're about. It's more for the young players, especially at the beginning and it's also a good reminder to the veteran guys why we do what we do and how we should go about doing it."

The Cardinals are coming off a World Series appearance and a National League championship series appearance in Matheny's first two seasons as manager.

"We have a lot of potential and a lot of expectation on us — which really doesn't matter," said Matheny. "The expectation we put on ourselves is going to be higher than anything anybody puts on us."

Matheny said that focus on "playing the game right" and developing good clubhouse culture will make winning "a natural byproduct."

Otherwise, Matheny said, "We want to make sure that we don't let anything slip through the cracks."

Rick is a baseball writer/columnist at the Post-Dispatch 

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