And the nominees are –

Cards Hall of FameIn yesterday’s post, I mentioned that Bill DeWitt, III had announced the 2016 nominees for the Cardinals Hall of Fame during his speech on the main stage yesterday morning and I alluded that there would be a post with the nominees soon. I didn’t think I’d be getting the information so soon, however.

So without further ado, here are the nominees for the 2016 Cardinals Hall of Fame:

2016 CARDINALS HALL OF FAME NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

FAN VOTING BEGINS Friday, March 11th on cardinals.com

Fans to Select Two Players for August Induction from a List of Eight Former Cardinals Greats

ST. LOUIS, January 19, 2016 Chris Carpenter, Keith Hernandez, Jason Isringhausen, Mark McGwire, Matt Morris, Edgar Renteria, Scott Rolen and Joe Torre were revealed yesterday as the eight players nominated for possible induction into the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame. The eight modern ballot nominees selected by a “Red Ribbon” committee of Cardinals baseball experts through a secret ballot process will appear on the Cardinals Hall of Fame ballot online at cardinals.com/HOF presented by Edward Jones (#CardsHOF). Voting commences Friday, March 11th on cardinals.com. The two players with the most fan votes after voting concludes on Wednesday, April 20th will be inducted into the Cardinals Hall of Fame this August.

The St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame was established as a way to recognize the exceptional careers and significant achievements of the greatest players in Cardinals history. To be eligible, players must have played for the Cardinals for at least three seasons and must be retired as a player from Major League Baseball for at least three years. The eligible pool of players is divided into two categories: modern players and veteran players. If a player retired more than 40 years prior to the induction year, he is classified as a veteran player.

In addition to nominating modern players for fan balloting, the “Red Ribbon” committee of Cardinals baseball experts also elected a veteran player for induction using a secret ballot process. Independent of this process, the Cardinals organization may also opt to induct an individual who was an important figure in Cardinals history such as a coach, broadcaster or member of the front office. The induction class will be announced later this spring after fan balloting concludes. The formal enshrinement ceremony will take place on Saturday, August 27th during the 2016 Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction Weekend.

Each member of the Cardinals Hall of Fame will be permanently enshrined in the Cardinals Hall of Fame Gallery presented by Edward Jones located on the second floor of Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village, just outside the entrance to the team’s museum. The Hall of Fame Gallery is free and open to the public. The plaques that adorn the gallery are produced by Mathews International, the company that also produces the plaques for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

Following is a description of each nominee’s career as a Cardinal:

Chris Carpenter (#CarpenterHOF)

2005 Cy Young award, 95-44 W-L, 3.07 ERA

Chris Carpenter played nine seasons with the Cardinals and was selected as a National League All Star three times: 2005, 2006 and 2010. He made eighteen starts for St. Louis during the postseason, including a start in Game 3 of the 2006 World Series vs. Detroit pitching eight shutout innings, allowing no runs on three hits and striking out six. The game that solidifies Carpenter into Cardinals fans hearts may be Game 5 of the 2011 Division Series vs. Philadelphia when he pitched a complete-game, three-hit shutout, clinching the Division Series on the way to the team’s eleventh World Championship. He was the National League Cy Young award winner in 2005 after a 21-5 season, and National League Comeback Player of the year in 2009. Carpenter’s .683 winning pct. ranks second on the Cardinals franchise All-Time list and his 1085 strikeouts rank fourth all time. He is also the Cardinals All-Time postseason wins leader with 10 and in innings pitched (108.0).

 Keith Hernandez (#HernandezHOF)

1979 N.L. Co-MVP, .299 AVG, 265 2B, 81 HR, 595 RBI, 662 R

Keith Hernandez played ten seasons with the Cardinals, winning six straight Gold Gloves from 1978-1983 at first base. He was a co-MVP in 1979, batting a league leading .344 with 11 HR and 105 RBI. The two-time All-Star was a member of the 1982 World Championship team and batted .299 that season with 94 RBI.

Jason Isringhausen (#IsringhausenHOF)

217 Saves, 2.98 ERA

Jason Isringhausen spent seven seasons with the Cardinals. During his time with the team, the Cardinals won the Central Division in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006 with World Series appearances in 2004 and 2006, winning the World Series in 2006. He registered a National League-leading 47 saves in 2004, tying the franchise record which Lee Smith set, until Trevor Rosenthal broke the record in 2015. A two-time All-Star (2002 and 2005), “Izzy” still holds the franchise record for saves with 217, and is sixth with 401 appearances with St. Louis.

 Mark McGwire (#McGwireHOF)

220 HR, 473 RBI, 1.111 OPS

Mark McGwire finished his playing career in 2001 with St. Louis after joining the club via trade on July 31, 1997. In 1998, McGwire captured the World’s attention with the “Race for the Record,” breaking Major League Baseball’s single-season home run record of 61 set by Roger Maris with 70 homers. He blasted 220 career home runs with the Cardinals ranking sixth in franchise history, leading the Majors in home runs in both 1998 and 1999 (65), the top two season totals in Cardinals history. He set the Cardinals single season walk mark with 162 in 1998 and had back-to-back seasons of 147 RBI (’98 and ’99), ranking tied for third in Cardinals history. He was a three-time All-Star while with St. Louis (1998, 1999, 2000) and won the Silver Slugger in 1998.

Matt Morris (#MorrisHOF)

101-62, 3.61 ERA, 986 K’s

Matt Morris was the No. 1 draft pick (twelfth overall) for St. Louis in the 1995 amateur draft and reached the Majors just a year and a half later. He made his Major League debut on April 4, 1997, and went 12-9 that season in thirty-three starts. He finished third in the Rookie of the Year balloting in 1997 and was a two-time All-Star in 2001 and 2002. Morris tied for the lead in the Majors with 22 wins in 2001 (also Curt Schilling), finishing third in Cy Young voting. Morris pitched for the Cardinals from 1997-2005, and played in five postseasons and one World Series (2004). He won 101 games over his career with St. Louis and still ranks seventh on the franchise All-Time lists with a .620 winning pct. and sixth with 986 strikeouts.

Edgar Renteria (#RenteriaHOF)

.290 AVG, 451 RBI, 207 2B

Edgar Renteria played six seasons with the Cardinals and was named a National League All-Star three times (2000, 2003, 2004). The shortstop won two Gold Gloves while with St. Louis in 2002 and 2003, and three Silver Slugger Awards in 2000, 2002 and 2003. Renteria batted .330 with St. Louis in 2003, the All-Time Cardinals single-season leader for a shortstop, as are his 47 doubles that season. He drove in his single-season high 100 runs in 2003 which rank second among all St. Louis shortstops, and his 83 RBI in 2002 are his second highest career total. Renteria stole 37 bases his first season with the Cardinals (1999) and his 147 steals while with St. Louis are second-highest in franchise history for a shortstop.

 Scott Rolen (#RolenHOF)

.286 AVG, 173 2Bs, 111 HR, 453 RBI,

In his five plus seasons (2002-2007) with the Cardinals, Scott Rolen dominated the hot corner winning Gold Gloves in 2003, 2004 and 2006, and the Silver Slugger award in 2002. He was named to the National League All-Star team in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006, and named to the All-Busch Stadium team as the third baseman by vote of fans. Rolen hit a career high 49 doubles in 2003 and had 48 doubles during the team’s 2006 World Championship season. He hit over 20 homers three times with St. Louis (2003, ’04, ’06) and had over 90 RBI each of those same three seasons. In 2004, Rolen batted .314 which ranked second among National League third basemen and was second on the team, a year in which the club had four players with an average above .300. Following the 2004 season, Rolen finished fourth in National League MVP voting. Rolen was a big contributor during the postseason with St. Louis. He batted .310 (9-29) during the National League Championship Series vs. Houston in 2004, including his two-run home run off Roger Clemens in the sixth inning of Game 7 that plated the pennant-clinching run. In 2006, Rolen helped the club to its tenth World Championship, closing out the postseason with a 10-game hitting streak (.351, 13-37) that began in Game 3 of the NLCS vs. the New York Mets.

Joe Torre (#TorreHOF)

1971 N.L. MVP, .308 AVG, 161 2B, 98 HR, 558 RBI

Joe Torre played six seasons with the Cardinals at catcher, first base and third base from 1969-74. He was a four-time All-Star while playing for St. Louis, being named to the team in 1970, 1971, 1972 and 1973. Torre was named the National League MVP in 1971, after leading the league with a .363 batting average, 137 RBI and 230 hits. His 230 hits in ’71 were the most since Stan Musial had 230 in 1948 and still rank as the fourth highest single season total in franchise history. He posted a career batting average with the Cardinals of .308, ranking ninth in Cardinals franchise history. During his six seasons with the Cardinals, Torre had over 100 RBI three times and never had less than 149 hits or a batting average lower than .282.

 The 2016 Cardinals Hall of Fame “Red Ribbon” Selection Panel

Tom Ackerman, Frank Cusumano, Derrick Goold, Rick Hummel, Randy Karraker, Whitey Herzog, Martin Kilcoyne, Jenifer Langosch, Tony La Russa, Bernie Miklasz, Joe Ostermeier, Rob Rains, Red Schoendienst and Brian Walton.

Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum (#CardsMuseum)

The 8,000 square foot St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum on the second floor of Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village celebrates the rich history of baseball in St. Louis and the legacy of one of baseball’s most storied franchises. The Cardinals’ museum collection is the largest team-held collection in baseball and is second only to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in terms of size with over 22,000 memorabilia items and hundreds of thousands of archival photographs. Fans can learn more about the museum at cardinals.com/museum.

Who are your favorites of the nominees listed above?  It’s sure going to be hard to choose! You can vote starting on March 11 at cardinals.com.  That’s all for now – see you next time!

Diane

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Free admission to the Cardinals Museum for veterans and active military

Memorial DayFrom Saturday, May 23, 2015 through Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2015, the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum is offering free admission to the museum for veterans and also for active military members.  My heartfelt thanks go out to those who have served our country and my prayers go out to those who lost their lives during their service.  Here are all the details on the free admission, as well as other special offers for military personnel from the Cardinals:

2014 Cardinals Hall of Fame inductees announced

Cards Hall of FameThe fan votes are in and have been counted!  The  Cardinals announced before today’s game that Jim Edmonds and Willie McGee were the winning vote recipients from the fan ballots for the 2014 Cardinals Hall of Fame. I was hoping that Ted Simmons would be selected, but maybe next year Simba will be selected.  In addition, Marty Marion was nominated for the Hall by the Red Ribbon Committee.  The Cardinals organization chose to induct Mike Shannon into the Hall of Fame.  Here’s all the details:

2014 CARDINALS HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CLASS ANNOUNCED
Edmonds, McGee, Shannon & Marion to be enshrined August 16th as First Induction Class in new HOF

ST. LOUIS, MO (April 30, 2014) – The St. Louis Cardinals announced that  Jim Edmonds, Willie McGee, Mike Shannon and Marty Marion will be inducted into the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame presented by Edward Jones on Saturday, August 16th. This is the first induction class since the team dedicated the Cardinals Hall of Fame with an Inaugural Class on Opening Day in St. Louis earlier this month.

“We are proud to enshrine this elite group of Cardinals whose outstanding achievements have earned them the honor of permanently joining the greatest names in Cardinals history in our Hall of Fame,” said Bill DeWitt Jr., Cardinals Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We congratulate each of them on this tremendous honor and look forward to celebrating their achievements in August during Induction Weekend.”   

The St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame was established as a way to recognize the exceptional careers and significant achievements of the greatest players in Cardinals history, as well as those who have made exceptional contributions to the organization. To be eligible, players must have played for the Cardinals for at least three seasons and must be retired as a player from Major League Baseball for at least three years. The eligible pool of players is divided into two categories, ‘modern players’ and ‘veteran players.’ If a player retired more than 40 years prior to the induction year, he is classified as a veteran player.

Each member of the Cardinals Hall of Fame is permanently enshrined in the new Cardinals Hall of Fame Gallery presented by Edward Jones that is located on the second floor of Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village, just outside the entrance to the team’s new museum. The Hall of Fame Gallery is free and open to the public. The plaques that adorn the gallery are being produced by Matthews International, the company that also produces the plaques for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

On Opening Day, the Cardinals dedicated the Hall of Fame with an Inaugural Class, consisting of 22 Cardinals who are either enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame as Cardinals or whose number has been retired by the club. The 2014 Induction Class is the first class to be inducted into the new Hall of Fame that was selected via a formal process which includes fans, baseball experts and the team.“We want to thank our fans and the Red Ribbon Panel for choosing an outstanding first induction class,” said Cardinals President Bill DeWitt III.  “It wasn’t easy to make a selection from a list of the truly greatest players in team history.”

Chosen by the fans, McGee and Edmonds were the top two vote-getters in the first-ever online Cardinals Hall of Fame ballot presented by Edward Jones. The ballot, which also included Cardinals legends Bob Forsch, Keith Hernandez, Mark McGwire, Matt Morris, Ted Simmons and Joe Torre, was selected by aRed Ribbon Panel of Cardinals baseball experts through a secret ballot process. Nearly 80,000 votes were cast by Cardinals fans over the seven-week voting period.

In addition to nominating modern players for fan balloting, the Red Ribbon Panel of Cardinals baseball experts also elected legendary shortstop Marty Marion, a veteran player, for induction using a secret ballot process. Marion, the 1944 National League Most Valuable Player and seven-time All-Star, played 11 seasons with the Cardinals including three World Championship seasons in 1942, ’44 and ’46.

 Independent of the Red Ribbon Panel selection process, the Cardinals organization retained the right to annually induct an individual who has been an important figure in Cardinals history and whose contributions to the franchise warrant induction. This year’s selection is Mike Shannon, a lifelong St. Louisan who has been part of the Cardinals family for more than half a century. Mike had a notable playing career with the team followed by more than 40 years in the radio booth as one of most popular broadcasters in team history.

The 2014 Cardinals Induction Class will be formally enshrined at a ceremony on Saturday, August 16th during the 2014 Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction Weekend.

Following is a description of each Inductee’s career as a Cardinal:

Jim Edmonds (Modern Era Player – Fan Selection)

Jim Edmonds joined the Cardinals in 2000 and played eight seasons, making the postseason in six of them and playing in two World Series, winning in 2006.  The three-time All-Star won six consecutive Gold Gloves from 2000-05.  He ranks 4th on the Cardinals all-time home run list with 241 and hit the game-ending home run in the 11th inning of Game 6 of the 2004 NLCS.

Willie McGee (Modern Era Player – Fan Selection)

Willie McGee played in 13 seasons with the Cardinals, playing in 1661 games, 9th all-time in franchise history.  He was a four-time All-Star, won three Gold Gloves and was the 1985 National League MVP with league leading marks of a .353 batting average, 18 triples and 216 hits, while stealing 56 bases.  McGee played in three World Series, winning as a rookie in 1982 when he finished third in the Rookie of the Year voting.  He is one of six players to steal over 300 bases with the Cardinals, swiping 301.

Mike Shannon (Team Selection)

Mike Shannon played all nine years of his career with the St. Louis Cardinals from 1962-70. He was a member the World Championship clubs in 1964 and 1967 and National League champions of 1968, a year in which he was seventh in the NL MVP voting. Shannon hit three home runs in the World Series including his final post-season at bat in Game 7 of the 1968 World Series. He entered the broadcast booth in 1972 following his retirement as a player due to kidney disease. Mike has been an exceptional and extremely popular broadcaster for the Cardinals for 43 years.

Marty Marion (Veteran Era Player – Red Ribbon Panel Selection)

Marty Marion played 11 seasons with the Cardinals and was a seven-time all-star. Known as “Slats” or “The Octopus”, he was among the Top 10 in NL MVP voting three times, winning the award during the Cardinals 1944 World Championship season. Marion helped the Cardinals win World Championships in 1942, 1944 and 1946. He played in 23 World Series games and totaled 11 RBI and seven doubles, all among the Top 5 in Cardinals World Series records.

The 2014 Cardinals Hall of Fame Inaugural Class

Jim Bottomley, Ken Boyer, Lou Brock, Jack Buck, August A. “Gussie” Busch Jr., Dizzy Dean, Frank Frisch, Bob Gibson, Chick Hafey, Jesse Haines, Whitey Herzog, Rogers Hornsby, Tony La Russa, Joe Medwick, Johnny Mize, Stan Musial, Branch Rickey, Red Schoendienst, Enos Slaughter, Ozzie Smith, Billy Southworth and Bruce Sutter.

The 2014 Cardinals Hall of Fame Red Ribbon Panel

Tom Ackerman,  Frank Cusumano,  Derrick Goold, Rick Hummel, Randy Karraker,  Martin Kilcoyne, Jenifer Langosch,  Tony La Russa, Bernie Miklasz, Joe Ostermeier, Rob Rains, Red Schoendienst, Joe Strauss and Brian Walton.

Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum (#CardsMuseum)

The new 8,000 square foot state-of-the art St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum on the second floor of Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village celebrates the rich history of baseball in St. Louis and the legacy of one of baseball’s most storied franchises. The Cardinals’ museum collection is the largest team-held collection in baseball and is second only to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in terms of size with over 16,000 memorabilia items and hundreds of thousands of archival photographs. Fans can learn more about the museum at cardinals.com/museum.

Cardinals Nation (#CardsNation)

The first phase of Ballpark Village is anchored by a first-of-its-kind 34,000 square foot venue on four levels called Cardinals Nation. Cardinals Nation is comprised of four key elements: a two-story restaurant and bar, an 8,000 square foot world-class Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum, a Cardinals Authentics retail store featuring game used memorabilia on the first floor, and a 330-seat roof top deck with spectacular game views and an all-inclusive experience unlike anything in baseball today. The Cardinals Nation restaurant features a high-energy, memorabilia-infused space designed by the internationally acclaimed Jeffrey Beers International. There are three separate patios, two large bars, and unparalleled sports viewing with large flat screen TVs and other multimedia features. Cardinals Nation sets a new standard for sports-inspired restaurants. The AT&T Rooftop at Cardinals Nation features ticketed seats looking into Busch Stadium and includes amenities such as all-inclusive food and beverage, a complimentary ticket to the Cardinals museum, Busch Stadium audio/visual feeds, and access to other areas within Ballpark Village. Cardinals Nation is the official headquarters for Cardinals fans who want to stay connected to the team year-round.

Ballpark Village (#BallparkVillage)

The construction of Ballpark Village represents the next step in the Cardinals’ vision for their investment in downtown St. Louis that began with the opening of the privately financed, $411 million Busch Stadium in 2006. Ballpark Village is a mixed-use retail, entertainment, office, and residential district being developed in partnership by the St. Louis Cardinals and the Cordish Companies. Spanning seven city blocks on the 10-acre site just north of Busch Stadium, Ballpark Village will be the first master-planned mixed-use development designed to complement the excitement and energy of the Major League Baseball game day experience to a new neighborhood outside the stadium walls.  For more information about Ballpark Village, go to cardinals.com/ballparkvillage or stlballparkvillage.com.

Thanks for reading!  See you next time!

Diane