Ozzie: 'It's Time to Make a Move And Make a Big Move'

Smith spoke to KMOX sports director Tom Ackerman and you can hear the full audio at the bottom of this page.

Tom Ackerman
November 07, 2018 - 3:48 pm
St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith.

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Even The Wizard can't predict what's to come this winter for the St. Louis Cardinals with a robust free agent market. But he can sum up pretty well the thoughts of Cardinals Nation. 

"I'm not privy to what they're going to do, but I think that we've reached a point here now where there's a level of frustration for all of us that are baseball fans here. It's time to make a move and make a big move and make some changes that are going to get us back on track," Smith says. "We've kind of gotten off track here the last four or five years, but hopefully they'll make some moves and we'll get back to enjoying postseason baseball."

Smith spoke to KMOX sports director Tom Ackerman and you can hear the full audio at the bottom of this page. Smith will be receiving an award at The Musial Awards, presented by the St. Louis Sports Commission and Maryville University on Nov. 17. He will be honored for his work with Gateway PGA and the efforts to make the 100th PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis such a major success. 

"I just feel that I have an obligation as an ex-athlete and as a citizen of this community to do what I can to make it better," Smith says. 

The Hall of Fame shortstop also talked to Ackerman about another Hall of Famer who he was well connected to, the late Willie McCovey. Smith called the former San Francisco Giants first baseman the original "Big Mac" and says he was his mom's favorite players. Smith and McCovey were both born in Moblie, Ala. and Smith recalled his first career hit, a single which came against the Giants. McCovey was on first base and he handed Smith the baseball saying,  "good luck and many, many more." 

McCovey died last month "after losing his battle with ongoing health issues."

Smith confirmed to Ackerman that he will be back at the Cardinals spring training complex in Jupiter, Fla. next spring. 

"I look forward to a good year. I think that Mike Shildt has proven that he is very, very capable and I think that when he puts his staff together it's going to be a staff that gets back to the fundamentals and the fundamentals that we're accustomed to around here of watching winning baseball."