It’s now been more than two months since we saw our beloved Cardinals play in a televised game, and I don’t know about you, but I’ve definitely got that itch already. To hold us over just a bit, let’s take a look at what some of the players have been up to this offseason.
After a huge coming out season for the young Dominican fireballer, Martinez has been all over the place recently, updating his followers with plenty of posts on Instagram.
Looks like his barber hooked him up with a sweet new cut. Too bad we don’t get to see that’s covered up in-season with a hat for the most part.
One of many workout videos Martinez has posted, it appears he’s been focusing on core strength training for the most part. They say a pitcher’s power comes from his legs, but developing a strong core helps with endurance and generating torque.
Despite a topsy turvy 2016 season, Wainwright is still beloved amongst the Cardinals faithful. He prefers to connect with fans via Twitter, and has shared a few really interesting tweets over the last few months.
— Adam Wainwright (@UncleCharlie50) November 29, 2016
Unquestionably a nice plug for Pirates CF Andrew McCutchen’s article, but does anyone else think it’s odd that Waino refers to a bitter division rival as “his friend” despite years of fierce battle between the two. For what it’s worth, it’s been a pretty even fight, with McCutchen holding a .298 AVG despite 13 SO in 57 ABs.
— Adam Wainwright (@UncleCharlie50) November 3, 2016
Well, that answers our question if Cardinals players could stomach watching their hated Cub rivals play on the game’s biggest stage. It’s safe to say that Wainwright is simply a fan of good baseball, and a true ambassador of the sport.
It’s always neat to see how players spend their time in their first offseason in the MLB. Luckily it looks like Oh has been up to some more productive things than fellow countryman Jung-Ho Kang.
From the looks of it, Oh has been a huge supporter of the Make A Wish Foundation since he joined the Cardinals. It’s a great cause, and even cooler that there’s a branch specifically associated with Korea.
Coming off yet another strong season, it looks like Carpenter has been enjoying some quality time with the family and also catching up on some much needed rest and recovery.
— Matt Carpenter (@MattCarp13) October 18, 2016
He hung out with Masters champion Jordan Spieth in October for a star-studded round of golf. No official word on what Carpenter shot on the back 9, but knowing his excellent bat control, I’d be surprised if he didn’t give Spieth a run for his money.
When he’s not driving two-baggers into the gap, Carpenter moonlights as a new father, caring for his newborn daughter Kinley Rae. Probably fair to say the family of three had plenty to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.
The heart and soul of the St. Louis Cardinals, Yadi has been all over the place recently. He’s been treating his almost 250k followers on Instagram to quite a travel diary of photos over the past few weeks.
Yadi apparently hopped on a flight to Spain to take in “El Classico,” perhaps the most famous soccer game each year. Luis Suarez put one into the net here, but it was a hard fought battle between Barcelona and Real Madrid that ended in a 1-1 tie.
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This looks to be big news for both on and off the field reasons. Yadi announced last week that he intends to play for Puerto Rico in the upcoming 2017 World Baseball Classic. While it’s great that Molina is going to have a chance to represent his country perhaps one last time, it would also be nice to see him have a nice, relaxing month of March after appearing in a career-high 147 games in 2016.
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