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Talkin' Baseball: Hummel and Shannon stop in Quincy

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Hall of Fame baseball writer Rick Hummel made his annual stop in his hometown during the weekly Quincy Exchange Club meeting. Hall of Fame baseball writer Rick Hummel made his annual stop in his hometown during the weekly Quincy Exchange Club meeting.

QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -- In the coming weeks Rick Hummel will head to Florida to cover the St. Louis Cardinals and spring training for the 37th-year.

If the Quincy native and Hall of Fame baseball writer has his way, he'll make it to at least 40-years before putting his notepad away for good.

On Friday afternoon, Hummel made his annual stop in his hometown during the weekly Quincy Exchange Club meeting.

He spent around 45 minutes talking baseball while fielding dozens of questions, including a couple from Cardinals broadcaster Mike Shannon who was also in attendance.

Several of the questions centered around the youth movement in St. Louis.

"For a long time, as you may remember, their farm system wasn't very good at all," Hummel expressed.

"They had no pitchers, especially guys who throw 95-100 miles per hour, but now they do and they have a couple more."

"I've been going to spring training for over 50 years and it's the best (group of young players) I've ever seen," Mike Shannon added.

"Not only were they the best, but they were way up there."

"I just shook my head when I saw them (last spring) and it came through this year. They were a tremendous help in the season and in the playoffs." 

Hummel also addressed the recent controversial Hall of Fame vote, former Cards manager Tony LaRussa's decision to go without a logo on his plaque at Cooperstown, baseball's on-going steroid issue, and the Cubs who Hummel says won't be a laughing stock by 2015.
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