Last Thursday I published an article called, "A brief history of short Cardinals," which was pretty self-explanatory in the title. Upon request...
...here now is a short history of brief Cardinals.
Using Baseball-Reference's Play Index, I did a search for position players who had ten or less total plate appearances wearing the birds on the bat. Here are the stat leaders:
AVG - 1.000 (3 players): Manuel Lee (1 PA) - 1995; Larry Herndon (1 PA) - 1974; Tige Stone (3 PA) - 1973
OBP - 1.000 (3 players): same as above
SLG - 1.000 (6 players): Lee, Herdon, Stone, John Murphy (4 PA) - 1902; Skeeter Barnes (4 PA) - 1987; Doug Clarey (4 PA) - 1976
Hits - 4: Cody Stanley (10 PA) - 2015
2B - 2: Doug DeCinces (9 PA) - 1987
3B - 1: Heinie Peitz (5 PA) - 1913
HR - 2 (2 players): Barnes, Clarey
RBI - 3 (2 players): Barnes, Stanley
SB - 1 (2 players): Shawn Gilbert (2 PA) - 1998; Wally Kimmick (2 PA) - 1919
bWAR - 0.1 (7 players): Murphy, Sam Fishburn (6 PA) - 1919; Lou Scoffic (8 PA) - 1936; Floyd Wicker (4 PA) - 1968; Jack Slattery (10 PA) - 1906; Jim Brown (4 PA) - 1915; Benny Ayala (3 PA) - 1977
Of all the players listed above, Tige Stone should probably be regarded as the best brief Cardinal. Those three plate appearances he saw with the Cardinals were it for his entire career and he ranks tied for second all time in OPS in the history of baseball with players with at least that many. Also, he has the best Baseball-Reference photo I've ever seen.
Here's what you may have missed yesterday at VEB:
Down on the farm
The parent club is frustrating but as Josey Curtis notes Springfield and Peoria both recently clinched playoff births.
Adam Wainwright is a dad
Adam Wainwright's kids made him a shirt for Father's Day and it's hilarious.
El Gallo's bowling fundraiser
Cardinals vs Cubs
Enjoy your Tuesday, everyone.