Cardinals Instructional League Recap: Intro

In Part One of a three-part interview, St. Louis Cardinals 2008 Instructional League coordinator Mike Shildt provides an overview of how camp was run.

Representing a dozen or more coaches and 49 players in the St. Louis Cardinals 2008 Instructional League camp, coordinator Mike Shildt discusses a typical day during the 22 days of camp in terms of how the players and their work were organized.

For the roster of players participating, see our September 9 article, "Cards Instructional League Starts this Week". Ryan Bird, signed from independent ball, was a late addition to the original 48 - players invited, that is.

Over three-quarters of these players were taken in the 2008 draft this summer, with this camp representing the first time the organization's coaches could work with the newest Cardinals in depth. (Shildt relates that to his in-season role as hitting coach with Johnson City.)

The Cardinals told their players coming into camp to focus on their individual learning and progress and not on game stats. In addition, with so many players and so few games, the organization feels the numbers would not be representative. Therefore, the individual stats and won-loss record from instructs will not be released.


In Parts Two and Three of this interview, Shildt will discuss many of the standout position players and pitchers that were in camp.

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