The Cardinals have announced that their 2019 Hall of Fame ballot will include Keith Hernandez, Scott Rolen, Jason Isringhausen, John Tudor, Edgar Renteria and Matt Morris. These nominees were selected by a Red Ribbon committee of Cardinals baseball experts.
Two of the six players will be voted on by the fans to be inducted into the Cardinals Hall of Fame. Voting will be open from March 1 to April 12. The top two vote-getters will then be announced by the team on April 26.
On that day, the team will also announce which veteran player the Red Ribbon committee has selected for induction. Additionally, the Cardinals organization will have the option of selecting a fourth non-player member, such as a broadcaster, coach or front office member.
Cardinals Hall of Fame Nominees
Morris is the only player of the six making his debut on the ballot. Hernandez has been on since the inaugural induction of 2014. Rolen and Isringhausen were put on the ballot in 2016 and have remained there ever since. Renteria will be making his fourth appearance as well and Tudor his second.
Hernandez played in St. Louis for 10 seasons from 1974 – 1983. During that span, he won six straight Gold Gloves at first base from ’78-’83, took home the co-MVP award in 1979, made two All-Star appearances and helped win the 1982 World Series. He hit a league leading .344 with 48 doubles, 11 home runs and 105 RBI in his MVP season. His career slash line with the Cardinals is .299/.385/.448. That .385 OBP still ranks fifth all time among players who have spent at least 10 years in St. Louis. Hernandez also compiled 1217 hits, tallying 265 doubles, 81 home runs, 595 RBI and 662 runs scored over 1165 games wearing the birds on the bat.
Rolen will go down as one of the best third baseman in baseball history, and certainly in Cardinals history. From 2002 – 2007 he held down the hot corner and for the Redbirds. He won Gold Gloves in ’02, ’03, ’04 and ’06, and won the Silver Slugger award as well in 2002. Rolen also made the National League All-Star team from 2003 – 2006. Forming the then well-known ‘MV3,’ Rolen joined Jim Edmonds and Albert Pujols in the middle of the Cards order, terrorizing opposing pitchers. In 2004 he hit .314/.409/.598 with 34 homers and 124 RBI.
He was also one of the Cardinals best postseason hitters during their dominant run in the mid 2000s. His biggest moment came in Game 7 of the 2004 NLCS against Houston, when he hit the game-winning home run off of Roger Clemens in the sixth inning that would ultimately send the Cardinals to the World Series. Although they lost that series, Rolen helped the team get back and win their 10th Championship just two years later in 2006. During that World Series, he hit .421/.476/.737 with a home run and two RBI, ending the postseason with a 10 game hit streak.
Over 661 games with the Birds, Rolen slashed 286/.370/.510 with 173 doubles, 111 home runs and 453 RBI. He had a total of 678 hits and also scored 421 runs.
Jason Isringhausen was with the Cardinals from 2002 – 2008. During that time, he made one All-Star team in 2005, led the league in saves in 2004 with 47 and set the Cards all-time record for saves with 217. The team won the Central Division four times with Izzy holding down the back end of the bullpen and made two World Series appearances. Though he never recorded a save in a World Series game, Izzy totaled 11 in the postseason, five of which came in NLCS games.
On top of Isringhausen’s record 217 saves with the Redbirds, he’s also sixth all-time in appearances with 401. He pitched 408 total innings for St. Louis posting a 2.98 ERA and 1.19 WHIP. The Cardinals have yet to find a consistent closer to fill the void left by Izzy’s departure over ten years ago now.
Tudor pitched for the Cardinals from 1985-1988 and then for one more season in 1990. During those five seasons he accumulated a winning percentage of .705 and an ERA of 2.52, both of which still stand as franchise records for pitchers with a minimum of 750 innings pitched. In 1985 Tudor finished second in the Cy Young voting after going 21-8 with a 1.93 ERA over 275 innings, a league-leading 10 shutouts and a league-best WHIP of 0.938. He helped the Cards win the Pennant that season and again in 1987.
He compiled a 62-26 record during his Redbird career with an ERA of 2.52, a 1.08 WHIP, 12 shutouts and 881.2 innings pitched over 125 starts. Tudor is one of the greatest left-handed pitchers to ever don the birds on the bat.
Edgar Renteria was really the heir to Ozzie Smith as Cardinals shortstop, getting the job three years after Ozzie’s departure in 1999 and holding it for six seasons, through 2004. He won Gold Gloves in 2002 and 2003 and Silver Sluggers in 2000, 2002 and 2003. During the 2003 season, he set the franchise single-season record for a shortstop with a .330 average and a 47 doubles. His 100 RBI during that season also ranks second all-time among Cardinals shortstops. He also ranks second all-time among Cards’ shortstops with 148 stolen bases.
Renteria helped the Cardinals to one National League pennant in 2004 and hit better than any other Cardinal except Larry Walker during that World Series. He slashed .333/.412/.533 over those four games with Boston.
Matt Morris pitched for the Redbirds from 1997-2005. In 1997 he finished second in the Rookie of the Year voting, after going 12-9 over 217 innings in his first big league season. Then in 2001, he led the league with 22 wins, pitched 216.1 innings, made his first All-Star team and finished third in the Cy Young vote. In 2002 he won 17 more games and made his second All-Star appearance. Two years later he won 15 games and helped the Cardinals reach the World Series.
Throughout his tenure with St. Louis, he made 11 postseason starts, including one in the World Series. He also posted a record of 101-62 with a 3.61 ERA, 1.268 WHIP and compiled 986 strikeouts, good for sixth all-time amongst Cardinals, over 1377.1 innings pitched.
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