As the end of spring training approaches, I took the opportunity to ask Jenifer Langosch, the mlb.com reporter for the St. Louis Cardinals, some questions about her experiences of covering spring training and the outlook of the season for the Cardinals.
“Covering Spring Training is unique in that there are many other angles that take precedence over the actual games,” said Langosch. “There is more time for feature writing, and stories about position battles and roster composition are always critical. You also have to be cautious in how you present what happens in games, as sometimes there is a tendency to worry too much about results, when the reality is that the sample size is so small.”
Langosch also talked about the difficulties that come with being a beat writer. “The grind of covering Spring Training is something that can be a challenge. Beat writers basically spend seven days a week for seven weeks covering team; the days begin no later than 8 a.m. and often last at least 12 hours.”
Overall Langosch has a positive outlook for this season, but the key to success for the team will be staying healthy. Langosch added that the Cardinals should have one of the best offenses in the National League.
The bullpen should also be a strength, but “the rotation is what will make or break this year,” said Langosch. “Without Kyle Lohse and Chris Carpenter to eat innings, the Cardinals are going to need substantial contributions from some of their younger pitchers. I would expect the division to come down to a race between the Cards and Reds.”
No matter what stresses her work might provide, Langosch finds satisfaction in her job. “The favorite part of this job is showing up to work and not knowing what you’re going to see happen on a baseball field that day,” said Langosch. “Baseball history can be made at any time, and I love arriving at work knowing that’s a possibility.”