The man assigned by the St. Louis Cardinals organization to take the lead role in turning these youths from disparate backgrounds into a winning team is Mark DeJohn. The former MLB infielder and ex-St. Louis coach loves his work. He is also good at it, as evidenced by his club's 2008 NY-Penn League championship and second George Kissell Award from the Cardinals for excellence in player development.
On Wednesday, even as he was battling a nasty cough, the man simply known as "DJ" was kind enough to give me a block of his time to discuss his 2009 team as well as some of the infield standouts he tutored at Extended Spring Training.
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