Sports Open Line: Jim Thomas, MLB Preview & Cliff Floyd

The Cardinals finally open the 2012 season on Wednesday in Miami where Kevin Wheeler finds Mike Claiborne.   Tune into KMOX beginning at 5:05pm for the Redbirds broadcast from the new Marlins Stadium. In this bonus edition of the ‘Hot Stove League Show’ Kevin & Mike give one last preview of the Redbirds before they officially begin the campaign to win the franchise’s 12th World Series title.

What are the Rams up to these days? They have begun work at Rams Park, and new head coach Jeff Fisher has met all or most of what’s turned into the third-youngest roster in the NFL. St. Louis Post-Dispatch & KMOX Sports NFL and Rams insider Jim Thomas joins Kevin to talk about the players visiting the complex in Earth City and much more.

Does Kevin think the Cardinals will repeat as World Series champions? If you have not read his 2012 Preseason MLB Power Rankings on KMOX.com, listen to what Wheeler thinks will happen this season when all 32 teams eventually play 162 games.  Since St. Louis is a National League town, Kevin breaks it down by division beginning with the Central and finally ending with the West.

Cliff Floyd played 17 professional years in baseball with the Montreal Expos, Florida Marlins, Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, Chicago Cubs, Tampa Bay Rays & San Diego Padres hitting a career .278 with 233 home runs and 865 RBI’s. A World Series champion with the Marlins in 1997, Cliff has returned to Miami now as a co-host on Sirius XM Radio plus an analyst on FOX Sports Florida. He joins Kevin to discuss Wednesday’s season opener between the Cardinals and Marlins.

Kevin now breaks down the American League. Will the Texas Rangers return to the World Series for a third straight season? There could be a new team on the rise in the AL West Division that signed a few marquee players who were big focal points in the 2011 World Series.

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