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25 for 25: St. Louis Cardinals (updated to 1990-2014)

Christian Petersen

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During the 2009-2010 offseason, I started working on a 25 for 25 roster for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1985-2009. (A 25 for 25 roster is a 25-man roster that uses one player from each season over 25 consecutive years; mine consisted of two players each at C/1B/2B/3B/SS, six outfielders, five starting pitchers, & four relief pitchers, with some variants.) I posted a lot of these online - one for each of the 30 MLB franchises, two extended versions for the Cardinals from 1910-1934 & 1935-1959, and a 30 for 30 MLB All-Star version for 1981-2010. I also researched a bunch more that I never published.

It's been five years since I last determined these and I figured that I would give it another go. This time I'm using WAR numbers from both Fangraphs and Baseball-Reference, plus Win Probability Added (WPA) from Fangraphs and Win-Loss% w/ Avg. Team (W%) from B-R. Same basic rules apply: each player can only appear once, for the primary position in the given year; exactly one player from each year, regardless of how good or bad the season was; players that were more suited for the previous era (i.e., Ozzie in '87) were left out of consideration; etc. Sometimes you can't grab both MVP Willie and Cy Young runner-up Tudor; sometimes you get stuck with some "Who?" because there isn't anyone good left.

Look it over, make comments, offer suggestions, challenge me on the picks.

Catcher

1994 - Tom Pagnozzi (70 G/266 PA, 1.6 fWAR/1.5 bWAR, .509 W%, .272/.327/.416, 50% CS, 7 Total Zone Runs (Rtot), Gold Glove)

2012 - Yadier Molina (138 G/563 PA, 6.1 fWAR/6.9 bWAR, .538 W%, .315/.373/.501, 22 HR, 76 RBI, +4.33 WPA, 48% CS, 15 Rtot, All-Star, Gold Glove, 4th-MVP)

First Base

1998 - Mark McGwire (155 G/681 PA, 8.5 fWAR/7.5 bWAR, .536 W%, .299/.470/.752, 70 HR, 130 R/147 RBI, +9.33 WPA, All-Star, Silver Slugger, 2nd-MVP)

2006 - Albert Pujols (143G/634 PA, 8.2 fWAR/8.2 bWAR, .547 W%, .331/.431/.671, 49HR, 119 R/137 RBI, +9.58 WPA, 14 Rtot, All-Star, Gold Glove, 2nd-MVP)

Second Base

2000 - Fernando Vina (123 G/554 PA, 3.1 fWAR/3.2 bWAR, .514 W%, .300/.380/.398, 81 R, 28 HBP, 10 Rtot)

2013 - Matt Carpenter (157 G/717 PA, 6.9 fWAR/6.0 bWAR, .527 W%, .318/.392/.481, 126 R/199 H/55 2B, +4.33 WPA, All-Star, Silver Slugger, 4th-MVP)

Third Base

1999 - Fernando Tatis (149 G/639 PA, 3.2 fWAR/3.0 bWAR, .508 W%, .298/.404/.553, 34 HR, 104 R/107 RBI)

2004 - Scott Rolen (142 G/593 PA, 8.9 fWAR/9.1 bWAR, .552 W%, .314/.409/.598, 34 HR, 109 R/124 RBI, +4.23 WPA, 26 Rtot, All-Star, Gold Glove, 4th-MVP)

Shortstop

2003 - Edgar Renteria (157 G/663 PA, 6.4 fWAR/5.6 bWAR, .523 W%, .330/.398/.480, 100 RBI, All-Star, Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, 15th-MVP)

2014 - Jhonny Peralta (157 G/628 PA, 5.4 fWAR/5.8 bWAR, .526 W%, .263/.336/.443, 21 HR, 75 RBI, 13 Rtot)

Outfield

1990 - Willie McGee (125 G/542 PA, 4.2 fWAR/4.4 bWAR, .522 W%, .335/.382/.437)

1995 - Brian Jordan (131 G/525 PA, 4.4 fWAR/5.1 bWAR, .528 W%, .296/.339/.488, 22 HR/24 SB, 20 Rtot)

1996 - Ray Lankford (149 G/635 PA, 5.5 fWAR/5.0 bWAR, .523 W%, .275/.366/.486, 21 HR/35 SB, 14 Rtot, All-Star, 16th-MVP)

2002 - Jim Edmonds (144 G/576 PA, 6.7 fWAR/6.7 bWAR, .535 W%, .311/.420/.561, 28 HR, Gold Glove, 17th-MVP)

2008 - Ryan Ludwick (152 G/617 PA, 5.2 fWAR/5.5 bWAR, .525 W%, .299/.375/.591, 37 HR, 104 R/113 RBI, All-Star, Silver Slugger, 16th-MVP)

2010 - Matt Holiday (158 G/675 PA, 6.2 fWAR/5.9 bWAR, .525 W%, .312/.390/.532, 28 HR, 103 RBI, +4.10 WPA, All-Star, Silver Slugger, 12th-MVP)

Starters

1992 - Bob Tewksbury (32 GS/233.0 IP, 3.9 fWAR/6.5 bWAR, .643 W%, +4.00 WPA, 2.16 ERA/3.13 FIP, 20 BB, 4.55 K/BB, All-Star, 3rd-CYA)

1997 - Andy Benes (26 GS/177 IP, 5.3 fWAR/4.5 bWAR incl. batting, .605 W%, 3.10 ERA/2.91 FIP, 8.9 K/9)

2001 - Matt Morris (34 GS/216.1 IP, 5.8 fWAR/4.1 bWAR, .569 W%, +3.40 WPA, 22-8 W-L, 3.16 ERA/3.05 FIP, 3.43 K/BB, All-Star, 3rd-CYA, 14th-MVP)

2005 - Chris Carpenter (33 GS/241.2 IP, 6.0 fWAR/5.8 bWAR, .618 W%, +4.48 WPA, 21-5 W-L, 2.83 ERA/2.93 FIP, 4.18 K/BB, All-Star, Cy Young Award, 8th-MVP)

2009 - Adam Wainwright (34 GS/233 IP, 5.8 fWAR/6.8 bWAR incl. batting, .630 W%, +3.60 WPA, 19-8 W-L, 2.63 ERA/3.11 FIP, 3.21 K/BB, Gold Glove, 3rd-CYA, 15th-MVP)

Relievers

1991 - Lee Smith (67 G/73 IP, 1.9 fWAR/2.3 bWAR, +3.20 WPA, 6-3 W-L, 47/53 SvOpp, 2.34 ERA/2.45 FIP, 5.15 K/BB, All-Star, 2nd-CYA, 8th-MVP)

1993 - Mike Perez (65 G/72.2 IP, 1.2 fWAR/1.5 bWAR, +2.10 WPA, 7-2 W-L, 7/10 SvOpp, 13 Holds, 2.48 ERA/2.97 FIP)

2007 - Jason Isringhausen (63 G/65.1 IP, 0.5 fWAR/1.5 bWAR, +2.71 WPA, 4-0 W-L, 32/34 SvOpp, 2.48 ERA/3.76 FIP)

2011 - Fernando Salas (68 G/75 IP, 0.9 fWAR/2.4 bWAR, +0.78 WPA, 5-6 W-L, 24/30 SvOpp, 6 Holds, 2.28 ERA/3.16 FIP, 9.0 K/9, 3.57 K/BB)