A bowtie and a beginning

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

It’s been about 36 hours now since the Cardinals’ special 2012 season came to a halting end. Getting outscored, 20-1, during a streak of three straight losses to the Giants certainly sours a season in which the Cardinals overcame injuries and an inexplicable hot-and-cold offense to at least put themselves into position for a postseason run.

As the days pass, appreciation for what was accomplished — as opposed to the heartbreak for what didn’t — will augment. And perhaps you’d be surprised to learn that such reflection was immediate for many. The visitor’s clubhouse at AT&T Park opened approximately 10 minutes after the Cardinals dropped Game 7. In between, though, Lance Berkman addressed his teammates, insistent that they all see how bright the future is for an organization that will retain almost all of its core pieces.

You can read more about that here.

Along with citing hope for the future, players, after that loss, expressed an appreciation for the past, a satisfaction for what was accomplished during a 2012 season that began with so many question marks. It was, indeed, healthy perspective.

But as the book closes on the 2012 season, another “season” is ushered in. This, of course, would be the offseason, which, as I remind those who assume I have nothing to do all winter, is hardly “off.” Over the next few months, the Cardinals will construct their 2013 team.

Here on the blog and, more importantly, on cardinals.com, that roster construction will be covered, in length and detail. There will be regular updates on players participating in the Arizona Fall League and other winterball leagues. There will be analysis, breaking news and outlooks. I note this only as a reminder to stay plugged in as you count down the days until Spring Training.

Also, the Inbox feature — where I answer reader questions — will return as a weekly feature. In order for that to get started next week, you can start emailing your question to Jenifer.Langosch@MLB.com. Remember to include your first name, last initial and hometown if you want your query to be considered.

Thank you for reading and interacting throughout the 2012 season, my first in St. Louis. It was a pleasure to document the organization’s doings for you, and I hope you all are looking forward to what’s to come.

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2 Comments

I enjoyed reading your coverage of the Cards and MLB this season. Can’t wait to read more as hot stove begins. Have you interviewed Astros assistant GM Stephanie Wilka? Her folks live in St. Louis.

Well thanks for everything this year it took me some time to warm up to you but you have won me over. I look forward to your reports in the “off season”. It was a great ride this year and I would add one task for Cardinals Management . . . Find the offenceive on off switch. I assume its hidden somewhere. Sometimes it is just facing great pitching that just part of the game. However, there is something missing and if we can’t find that we can still have a lot of fun watching next season but we will still have the head shaking games that just defy logic we the bats go silent.

The seventh inning killed us many times this year. We might have a answer in place but who knows who shows up next year. Salas and Zep need to be gone!

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