The 80's came to an end and so did the Cardinals era of small ball. The style of play the Cardinals used hasn't really been duplicated by an entire team, but there are players that I occasionally see whom I think could fit.
Ichiro could have definitely fit in as an 80's Cardinals players. Fast, good hitter, and good fielder. Whitey Herzog would have had him running all over the astroturf. It's hard to follow a West Coast player while living on the East Coast, but Ichiro is a player I always look for in the box scores.
He even has a cool connection to St. Louis.
Anyway, I was trading a few Tigers cards last weekend and ran into this gem from the 2011 Triple Threads set. It's a pretty sweet card, but I wish the jersey pieces had more contrast with the card. Can't win them all and it's a great add to the collection.
2011 Topps Triple Threads Ichiro Suzuki Jersey