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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The top 5 Cardinals stories of 2012

ImageYou can always tell when it’s getting close to the end of the year – the end of the year review stories start appearing online, in the newspapers, etc.  The United Cardinals Bloggers project for December is the top 5 Cardinals stories of the year, so here are mine (your mileage will vary):

1.  Yadi resigning with the Cardinals early – Cards fans were delighted when Yadi signed a contract extension during spring training.  He got business done before the season began.  Yadi no doubt saw what Cardinal Nation went through in 2011 with Albert – will he sign or will he go? – and he didn’t want to play drama queen and put the fans through that again.  After signing, Yadi had his best season yet.  It was nice to see him smiling and looking like he really enjoyed playing baseball. 

2. Mark McGwire leaving the Cardinals – There was great anticipation when McGwire became the hitting coach.  After all, someone who hit 70 home runs in one season has to know something about hitting, right?  But during the playoffs, the hitting started to stink.  No one was surprised when Mark left or when John Mabry was promoted to the hitting coach position. It was a pleasant surprise, however, when Bengie Molina was hired as the assistant hitting coach.  If one Molina is great, two has to be even better. 

3.  PItching woes – Chris Carpenter had surgery and was thought to be out for the season, just as Adam Wainwright was coming back from Tommy John surgery. Jaime Garcia was  inconsistent.  Kyle Lohse picked up  some of the slack, but became a free agent at the end of the season.  (As of this writing, he has not been picked up by another team.) Carpenter returned earlier than expected, in time for the playoffs, but the results were mixed. Relief pitching was problematic early until Matheny figured out everyone’s role.  Here’s hoping the pitching situation next season won’t be as volatile.

4.  The rookie manager’s first season – Despite the fact that Mike Matheny had never managed at the major league level before (or at the minor league level either, for that matter), he did pretty well, taking the team to one game shy of the World Series.  Mike was respected by all his players.  Even though the Cards got into the playoffs via the wild card, it could have been a lot worse. 

5.  Lack of action at the winter meetings – The Cards went into winter meetings with two big needs – a specialized left handed relief pitcher and help for the middle infield.  Mo signed Randy Choate to fill the first need, but there was no major signing for the second need.  Skip Schumacher was traded to the Dodgers for minor league infielder Jake Lemmerman and Mo picked up free agent Ty Wigginton at the winter meetings.  Matt Carpenter has been told to practice playing 2B in the offseason.  I think Cards fans were hoping for a little more excitement. 

Thanks for reading!  May 2013 bring happiness, good health, and prosperity to you – and may the Cardinals win their 12th World Series in 2013!  See you next time!

Diane