An interview with former Cardinals pitcher Rick Horton

From SABR member Mark Tomasik at RetroSimba on January 30, 2012:

Rick Horton, Cardinals broadcaster and former pitcher, says manager Mike Matheny is an outstanding leader and Adam Wainwright could win 20 for St. Louis this year.

Horton, entering his ninth season as a Cardinals broadcaster after pitching for St. Louis from 1984-87 and 1989-90, granted me an interview while taking a break from participating in the Cardinals Legends Camp at Jupiter, Fla. The tape-recorded interview was conducted Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, at Roger Dean Stadium. Horton, smart and personable, was generous with his time and thoughtful with his answers.

In future posts, I’ll share Horton’s remembrances of Bob Forsch and Horton’s thoughts on working the Cardinals Legends Camp, which donates proceeds to Hire Heroes USA (a non-profit group that helps place military veterans in jobs).

Q: Let’s go back to August of last season. Things looked bleak for the Cardinals. What do you think turned it around for them?

Rick Horton: A couple of things happened. One thing you can’t overlook is the trade of Colby Rasmus and getting the bullpen shored up by getting Marc Rzepczynski. Around the same time, the Cardinals got Rafael Furcal to play shortstop. So the defense for the Cardinals improved tremendously.

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Originally published: February 2, 2012. Last Updated: February 2, 2012.