JUPITER, Fla. -- Ozzie Smith recently made a one-week appearance to assist with infield instruction, and the Cardinals expect a handful of their other former stars to stop by camp to assist later this month. They hope Hall of Fame manager Red Schoendienst is among them.
Schoendienst -- or simply Red, as he's known around here -- intended to be present for the Cardinals' first spring workout, as he has been for decades. But a medical issue delayed his trip and a cold, manager Mike Matheny said, continues to keep him cooped up in St. Louis.
"I've been putting the pressure on him," Matheny said. "He's battling a little bit of a cold that has him down and tired. I told him that he needs some sunshine, I need some help, so hurry up."
Assuming Red does arrive sometime this month, it will mark his 70th consecutive year in a Major League uniform. He still gets into that full uniform for games and workouts, and he is known to zip around the Spring Training backfields in his golf cart in order to see as much as he can.
Schoendienst, who turned 92 on Feb. 2, played 19 years in the Majors and then went on to manage the Cardinals for parts of 14 seasons. He now serves as a special assistant to general manager John Mozeliak and is the oldest-living manager to win a World Series.