The St. Louis Cardinals have announced that their franchise Hall of Fame will have six nominees that can be voted on by the public beginning on March 1, which will commence on April 12. You can vote for those candidates here and they are:
Keith Hernandez 1974-83: The co-MVP in 1979, Keith Hernandez would win the National League Batting Title that year and was the top finished in On Base Percentage the season after. Hernandez was a six time Gold Glove winner with St. Louis and he batted .299 with 1,217 Hits and 81 Home Runs for the team. He would help them win the World Series in 1982.
Jason Isringhausen 2002-08: Isringhausen is the all-time franchise leader (217) in Saves for the St. Louis Cardinals and he was the league leader in that category in 2004. He would represent St. Louis in the 2005 All Star Game.
Matt Morris 1997-2005: Morris would lead the NL in Wins with 22 in 2001where he was an All Star and second runner-up for the Cy Young. He would be named an All Star again in 2002 and he had a record of 101-62 for the Cards.
Edgar Renteria 1999-2004: A three time All Star with the Cardinals, Edgar Renteria also was chosen for three Gold Gloves and two Silver Sluggers while he played there. He would bat .290 with 973 Hits with 71 Home Runs and 148 Stolen Bases.
Scott Rolen 2002-07: Rolen would help the Redbirds win the 2006 World Series and he was a four time All Star and three time Gold Glove winner for the team. Rolen finished fourth in National League MVP voting in 2004 and he collected 678 Hits with 111 Home Runs and a .286 Batting Average.
John Tudor 1985-88: Tudor had a stellar 62-26 record with the Cardinals with a 2.52 ERA and 1.080 WHIP. In 1985, his first season with St. Louis he was the runner-up for the Cy Young and would lead the NL in WHIP.
The announcement of the two winners will be made on April 26 and they will be joined from a player chosen from the Veterans Committee. The induction of the new class will take place on August 24.
One of our favorite franchise Hall of Fames is that of the St. Louis Cardinals, which was only established in 2014, but has quickly earned a place as a must-see for baseball fans. For the Class of 2020, the fan vote is now available, where the top two vote getters of seven former Cardinals will become part of the organization’s Hall of Fame.
Steve Carlton 1965-71. Carlton would play the first seven seasons of his career with St. Louis, and he was a three-time All-Star while playing there. Carlton helped St. Louis win the 1967 World Series, and he was a 20 Game winner in his final year as a Cardinal. With St. Louis, he had a record of 77-62 with 951 Strikeouts and a 3.10 ERA. Carlton would be elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1994.
Keith Hernandez 1974-83. Playing at First Base, Hernandez was one of the better defensive players at that position of all-time. A Cardinal for the first decade of his career, Hernandez went to two All-Star Games and won six Gold Gloves as a Cardinal. A key member of the 1982 World Series Championship team, Hernandez was the co-winner of the 1979 MVP. With the Cards, the First Baseman had 1,217 Hits with a Batting Average of .299.
Tom Herr 1979-88. Herr was an All-Star in 1985, and he was part of the 1982 World Series Championship Team. He would have 1,021 Hits for the team with a .274 Batting Average.
Matt Morris 1997-05. A St. Louis Cardinal for eight years, Morris was second in Rookie of the Year voting in 1997. He was sidelined in 1999 due to Tommy John Surgery, but he rebounded well, leading the National League in Wins (22), going to the All-Star Game, and finished third in Cy Young voting. Morris was an All-Star again in 2002, and he would have a record of 101-62 overall with 986 Strikeouts in St. Louis.
Edgar Renteria 1999-04. Renteria was a Cardinal for six years, and he was an All-Star for three of them. The Columbian Shortstop had at least 10 Home Runs in each of his seasons, and had 71 overall for the Redbirds. Renteria also stole 148 bases, and won two Silver Sluggers and two Gold Gloves. He had 93 Hits with a .290 Batting Average in St. Louis.
Lee Smith 1990-93. Three times an All-Star with the Cardinals, Smith led the National League in Saves in both 1991 and 1992, and was in the top four in Cy Young voting in both seasons. He would have 160 Saves for the team. Smith would enter the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2018.
John Tudor 1985-88 & 1990. In Tudor’s first year in St. Louis he went 21-8 and led the league in Shutouts (10) and finished second in Cy Young voting. He would have a sparkling record of 62-26 for the Cardinals with a 2.52 ERA and a WHIP of 1.080.
The vote will be open until April 17, with the results televised on FOX Sports Midwest on May 8.
We know we will be voting, and we would like to congratulate the seven Finalists.
Keith Hernandez is probably more known for his time with the New York Mets but he actually had better stats with the St. Louis Cardinals and it was in the Gateway to the West where he had his best season in Baseball.
Just what would Keith Hernandez be most famous for? Could it be for his eleven consecutive Gold Gloves? How about his 1979 MVP? The two World Series rings perhaps? Maybe his tenacious play as a Met? It could also be for his association with cocaine. Likely, there are many who think of Keith Hernandez and remember that episode of Seinfeld instead. Just as long as it isn’t for those terrible Just for Men commercials.