What the Cardinals had in Lou Brock was amazing.
He was the perfect lead off hitter for the Cardinals during their championship runs.
He'd lead off with a hit, steal second, advance to third on another hit and finally get sacrificed home.
Brock had the speed for the bases and the outfield, the perfect bat for the No. 1 spot in the lineup. He gave the Cardinals early leads and that was the key to the team's success, especially in the '60s.
A new, similar era could begin for the Cardinals in the same capacity that Brock had with Adron Chambers.
He too is perfect for the top of the line up. He hasn't had many at-bats to convince most folks, but it's easy to tell he is a solid contact hitter who just needs a base hit, because once he's on base, he's a bolt of lightning.
You can't help but admire Chambers' speed factor in the outfield too.
What may be a sliding catch or a last second dive for some outfielders, is a simple fly ball for Chambers. His speed allows him to get into perfect position for catches which could really play a situational role in opposing runners tagging up.
It's really a battle for right field at the moment it seems.
Carlos Beltran's contract ends after next year and Holliday and Jay are locked in. Chambers would have to beat out Shane Robinson for a spot as a sub off the bench in the coming year as it looks like Matt Carpenter may be trained to be the everyday second baseman in 2013, but then again the impressive play of Pete Kozma is also a factor. And according to Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny, Allen Craig is "more comfortable" in the outfield, so future plans could be impacted with that too.
Long story short, Chambers shouldn't be overlooked as the future unfolds for St. Louis' lineup. If anything he should be the first guy off the bench if there is a situation or injury that calls for a new face in the outfield.
Will he be a future Hall of Famer like Lou Brock?
Will he set records and be legendary like Lou Brock?
Well, that's hard to fathom right now because he has yet to play an entire season with the big club, but there's a lot of potential in this young man if he's given a shot at the top of the lineup. He just needs that chance.