(St. Louis, MO., Mar. 3, 2022)- The St. Louis Cardinals have announced the nominees for possible induction into the team’s 2022 class of their Hall of Fame.
Among the nominees are Steve Carlton, George Hendrick, Matt Morris, Edgar Renteria & Matt Holliday. Fans can view the Cardinals HOF ballot and cast their votes beginning Saturday, March 5 by clicking here: cardinals.com/HOF
Voting goes through April 15th and the enshrinement ceremony will be held on August 27th. Along with the modern players nominated, a veteran player will be chosen by the Red Ribbon Committee as well as the Cardinals organization and will be announced during a special broadcast on Bally Sports Midwest.
As found on MLB.com, the description of each of the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame nominee’s career as a Cardinal is written as follows:
Steve Carlton (LHP) Years on Ballot: 5
Years: 1965 – 1971 -- 77-62, 3.10 ERA, 3.02 FIP, 1.28 WHIP, 66 CG, 16 SHO, 951 SO, 1265.1 IP (172 GS)
After reaching the big leagues as 20-year old in 1965, “Lefty” became a three-time All-Star during his seven seasons in St. Louis. He won 14 games as a starter for the 1967 World Series championship team, and followed up with 13 wins the following season as the organization claimed its second consecutive pennant.
Carlton finished second in MLB with a 2.17 ERA in 1969 and was a 20-game winner in 1971. He is only one of two pitchers in Cardinals history to have won at least 75 career games before reaching 27 years of age.
George Hendrick (OF) Years on Ballot: 1
Years: 1978 – 1984 -- .294/.345/.470, 978 H, 187 2B, 122 HR, 582 RBI, 457 R, 270 BB (893 G)
Acquired via trade during the 1978 season, “Silent George” was a strong and steady presence for the Cardinals for seven seasons. He lead the club in home runs and RBI four consecutive years from 1980-1983, receiving MVP votes in each of those seasons. A two-time All-Star and Silver Slugger Award winner, Hendrick delivered the game-winning RBI in Game 7 of the 1982 World Series to seal his second career World Series title.
Hendrick finished his career with the Cardinals ranked fourth in OPS and fifth in home runs among all outfielders in franchise history.
Matt Holliday (OF) Years on Ballot: 1
Years: 2009 – 2016 -- .293/.380/.494, 1048 H, 237 2B, 156 HR, 616 RBI, 573 R, 447 BB (982 G)
Matt Holliday made an immediate impact upon joining the Cardinals a week before the trade deadline in 2009, hitting .606 (20-for-33) with 3 HR and 10 RBI in his first nine games in St. Louis, including two four-hit performances. After becoming a free agent at the end of that season, the Cardinals re-signed the slugging outfielder to the largest free agent contract in franchise history. Holliday followed up with three straight All-Star appearances from 2010-12 (and another selection in 2015), a Silver Slugger Award in 2010 and a World Series championship in 2011. He led the Cardinals in OPS for three consecutive seasons from 2012-2014 and received MVP votes in five of his rights seasons in St. Louis. He smacked an emotional pinch-hit home run in his penultimate at-bat for the Cardinals, sending the home crowd into a frenzy that cumulated with a standing ovation.
Holliday ranks third all-time among Cardinals outfielders in career home runs and is tied for third among all players in postseason games played.
Matt Morris (RHP) Years on Ballot: 7
Years: 1997 – 2005 -- 101-62, 3.61 ERA, 3.77 FIP, 1.27 WHIP, 18 CG, 8 SHO, 986 SO, 1377.1 IP (206 GS)
Matt Morris made his Major League debut less than two years after being selected 12th overall in the 1995 amateur draft. In his 1997 rookie season, Morris made 33 starts and finished with a 12-9 record and a 3.19 ERA, tying him for second in Rookie of the Year balloting. A National League All-Star in 2001 and 2002, Morris finished third in Cy Young voting in 2001 after winning a Major League-best 22 games (the highest single-season win total for a Cardinals starting pitcher since 1970). In his eight seasons with the club, Morris recorded six seasons with at least 11 wins (one of only 12 Cardinals pitchers to do so), won four division titles and started 11 postseason games (third-most in franchise history).
Matt’s 986 strikeouts ranks sixth on the club’s all-time list and his .620 winning percentage is seventh-best.
Edgar Renteria (SS) Years on Ballot: 7
Years: 1999 – 2004 -- .290/.347/.420, 973 H, 207 2B, 71 HR, 451 RBI, 497 R, 148 SB (903 G)
Edgar Renteria played six seasons with the Cardinals and was named a National League All-Star three times (2000, 2003, 2004). The Colombian shortstop won two Gold Gloves while with St. Louis in 2002 and 2003, and three Silver Slugger Awards in 2000, 2002 and 2003. Renteria batted .330 in 2003, a franchise single-season record for a shortstop, as are the 47 doubles he hit that season. His career high 100 RBI in 2003 ranks second among all St. Louis shortstops for a single season.
Renteria’s 37 stolen bases in his first season with the Cardinals in 1999 are the most in a single-season since that time and his 148 steals while with St. Louis rank second in franchise history among shortstops. He ranks first all-time among Cardinals shortstops in OPS and top three in hits, extra base hits, home runs, RBI, and average.