Mark McGwire leading new class

Slugger can never escape past, but as hitting coach, he can teach the future in St. Louis

Originally Published: March 21, 2011
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

JUPITER, Fla. -- Now that the Albert Pujols contract frenzy has subsided and Adam Wainwright's Tommy John surgery is in the books, the St. Louis Cardinals have embraced the same mix of boredom, routine, casual banter and sophomoric humor that defines life in 29 other Major League Baseball camps.

On this particular morning, outfielder Lance Berkman is at his locker slipping support insoles into a new pair of baseball shoes. Teammates crowd around catcher Gerald Laird as he holds his cell ...

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