Although we might not see any of them make it in this year, here are your 2012 Hall of fame Candidates who made a stop along the way in St. Louis. Traditionally only 1-2 Players are elected each year. This year our guys will have to compete against some other big names like Barry Larkin and Jeff Bagwell. Here are some of their stats along with their chances of getting in. Who do you think will make it?
Lee Smith Pitcher 80 % Chance. He has been on the ballot for 10 years and they are liking relief pitchers more theses days.
4 years In St Louis.
Career ERA 3.03 W-L 71-92 Saves 478
Stl. ERA 2.90 W-L 15-20 Saves 160
2 years In St. Louis
Career 2160 Hits 383 HR 1311 RBI .313 AVG
Stl 133 Hits 26 HR 79 RBI .286 AVG
Mark McGwire First Base 50/50. He has all of the numbers and a hall of fame career for sure. Would have been a first ballot entrance if not for those pesky pills. I guess we will have to see if the voters have forgiven him yet. or if they ever will. In his defense he said he used them to recover from injuries, and not as a performance enhancer. Do you believe it?
5 years In St. Louis
Career 1626 Hits 583 HR 1414 RBI .263 AVG
STL 469 Hits 220 HR 473 RBI .270 AVG
1 year in St. Louis
Career 1353 Hits 36 HR 368 RBI .273 AVG
STL 170 Hits 5 HR 38 RBI .307 AVG
7 years in St. Louis
Career 1454 Hits 184 HR 821 RBI 282 AVG
STL 671 Hits 84 HR 367 RBI .291 AVG
The Cardinals Added some hitting today. With a 2 year deal worth 26 Million offered to 6 Time All-Star outfielder Carlos Beltran.
Beltran has been playing for 14 years. Starting in a Kansas City outfield that Included Johnny Damon and Jermaine Dye. Playing half a season in Houston then several years in New York (Mets) before being traded to San Fransisco last season.
Beltran is a good fit for St. Louis. With Holliday, Freese and Berkman all expected to be healthy next season, Beltran will only add to that power. He has a career average of .283, 302 Home runs and 1917 Hits. He also has 1146 RBI’s
Beltran is a good player and has shown that he excels when on a winning team. His best 2 seasons were in 2004 where he hit 38 Home runs and in 2006 he hit 41. Both of those seasons his team went to the NLCS. Ironically losing to the St. Louis Cardinals!! So what is the perfect combination? Beltran, A winning team, and the Cardinals. You add all of that, throw in a former team mate in Lance Berkman, and you have yourself a great player who hungry to win an NLCS, and a World Series.
We will probably see Beltran and Berkman Playing daily with Allen Craig to back them as they need rest.
Beltrans Awards include
6× MLB All-Star (2004–07, 2009, 2011)
3× Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner (2006–08)
2× Silver Slugger Award winner (2006–07)
2× Fielding Bible Award winner (2006, 2008)
1999 AL Rookie of the Year
Some fun facts about Beltran.
Played with Lance Berkman on the Houston Astros
In the 2004 MLB playoffs, Beltrán tied Barry Bonds’s single postseason record with 8 home runs. He had one in each of the first four games of the NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals, including a game-winner in Game 4. Following his 2 home runs in Game 5 of the previous NLDS against the Atlanta Braves, this gave Beltrán five consecutive postseason games with a home run, setting a record.
While still a Royal, Beltrán had been selected to the American League starting outfield for the 2004 All-Star Game. After the trade to the National League, he was initially denied a place in the game. However, after NL starter Ken Griffey, Jr. went on the disabled list, Beltrán was named his substitute. Beltrán became the first player ever to be selected for one All-Star team but play for the other.
Tune in tonight on MLB.Com and MLB Network at 9pm Eastern.
Among the Nominees are a few Cardinals. (Present and Former)
Albert Pujols Player of the Year
Lance Berkman Comeback player
Tony Larussa Manager
John Mozeliak Executive
Chris Caprenter Post Season MVP
David Freese Post Season MVP
Albert Pujols Post Season MVP
I think we can all be sure that David Freese will win! But who knows about the rest. Who do you think will win?
for a full list of nominees visit here
Here is a picture of a few Awards won last night.
Lance Berkman (L) and David Freese pose with their awards during the Missouri Athletic Club Jack Buck Sports Awards in St. Louis last night (Dec. 15). Berkman was awarded the 2011 Sports Personality of the Year while Freese took home the Hometown Hero Award, now renamed the David Freese Award. (courtesy St. Louis Cardinals Facebook Page)
With Dotel not returning we were in definite need of a good middle reliever. It was reported today that the Redbirds have signed a 1 year contract with Vetran Reliever J.C. Romero. Romero played 2011 in Philly, and Colorado and finished with an Era of 4.01. having pitched 36 games (24.2) Innings. giving up 28 hits and only 1 Home run. Romero has been in the league since 1999 and has played with Minnesota, Boston, LAA as well as Philly and Colorado. Romero is a decent replacement for Dotel. He has been a good 8th inning set up man in the past. Leading the AL in holds in 2002 and also in 2008 he was 3rd in the NL. Romero has made six career postseason appearances, three with the Twins and three with Philadelphia, and he pitched for Puerto Rico in both the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classics.
Infielder Nick Punto who spent 2011 in St. Louis as a bench player. Will not be returning to the Red Birds this season. The free agent who the cardinals decided not to offer a new contract to has signed a deal with the Boston Red Sox. The deal is said to be 2 yrs, $3M. Roster bonuses could raise salary from $1.5M to $1.75M each year. Punto spent most of his 11 year career with Minnesota and has a career avg of .249 with 647 Hits, and 218 Rbi’s He is a solid defender and not bad to come off the bench and get a clutch hit for you. Good luck in Boston and thanks for being part of our Championship season.