Bruce Manno on the Instructional League

The Cardinals Director of Player Development describes what the organization expects from its players in Florida this fall and how they are going about it - information not generally known. Also included are complete rosters, schedules and more!

With their first game held last Friday, September 23, the St. Louis Cardinals' entry in the Winter Instructional League is now in full swing. "Winter" is a relative term, with play running through October 22 one year after hurricane damage caused the 2004 league to be canceled.

Having just returned from camp in Jupiter, Florida, Cardinals Director of Player Development Bruce Manno shares his thoughts on the league, its players and the important role it serves in the developmental process.

After listening to this detailed audio interview, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised to learn about the depth and breadth of preparation that goes into this phase of player development.

Manno joined the Cardinals organization at the end of the 2001 season and assumed his current role of Director of Player Development at that time. Previously, he was Assistant to the General Manager for the Baltimore Orioles and before that, Manno spent fifteen years building the Milwaukee Brewers farm system into one of the most recognized in all of baseball.

Audio Part One: The League and Players

Audio Part Two: The Daily Routine

Audio Part Three: Individual Player Focus

Audio Part Four: Follow-up

Audio Part Five: The Result

Cardinals Winter Instructional League Schedule
Schedule link

Cardinals Winter Instructional League Roster
Roster link

Brian Walton can be reached via email at brwalton@earthlink.net


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