The BWAA recently revealed the list of players that made it on the ballot to voted into the 2020 Baseball Hall of Fame Class. Four former Cardinals made the list:
In honor of their nominations here are some of my strongest memories of each of them wearing the Birds on the Bat....
If I extended this to memories from their career, Furcal’s unassisted triple play against the Cardinals would likely top the list, but limited to his stint with the Cardinals, not much surpasses the diving stop made in the bottom of the eighth inning in an epic 1-0 pitchers duel for Game 5 of the 2011 NLDS.
While an iconic moment, it was probably not a great one if you asked Brad Penny. Penny hit a grand slam and then left the game with an olbique injury. He was never quite the same after that.
After going 0-12 (with six walks) in the 2004 NLDS Scott Rolen made up for lost time in the NLCS against the Astros. The Cardinals third baseman went 9-29 with two doubles and three homers for a .310 average and a .690 slugging percentage. All three of his homers make this list.
This is less about Rolen, but I will also never forget Endy Chavez robbing him of a home run in Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS.
Besides that one time when he forgot how many out there were, I lack any really strong memories of Larry Walker. The strongest might be his general reception at Bucsh Stadium after the Cardinals acquired him, which was quite lovely.
He also hit a home run into McCovey Cove, which was fun.
Will a former Cardinal make the cut this year? We find out January 21.
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