June 22, 2021

Four former Cardinals are on the Hall of Fame ballot – A Hunt and Peck (Viva El Birdos)


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:

Rafael Furcal
Brad Penny
Scott Rolen
Larry Walker

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….

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