St. Louis Cardinals Major League Notebook – November 7-13

photo: Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports)

As the new free agent season opens, St. Louis Cardinals Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt continue to be recognized for their exceptional 2022s. Our history feature covers prior Cardinals Gold and Platinum Glove Award winners.



Arenado and Goldschmidt win more awards

November is awards month, and the latest batch of them continues to include St. Louis Cardinals, specifically Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt. Both had a terrific season, and they are being rewarded for it.

First up, last Wednesday was the Hank Aaron Award. It is given out annually to the top hitter in each league. The 2022 National League winner is Paul Goldschmidt. Aaron Judge won for the AL.

Paul Goldschmidt

This is Goldschmidt’s second Hank Aaron Award. He was the 2013 selection while with the Diamondbacks.  MLB writers choose finalists from a list of nominations made by each of the 30 teams. A fan vote plus a panel of Hall of Fame players determine the winners.

The day after the Hank Aaron Award winners were announced, the winners of the Silver Slugger Award were revealed. It recognizes the top hitters at each position in each league. The Silver Slugger, like the Gold Glove, is voted on by managers and coaches.

Both Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado won the NL award at their respective positions. This is Goldschmidt’s first Silver Slugger as a Cardinal; he won four while with the Diamondbacks previously.  It was also Arenado’s fifth Silver Slugger, and like Goldschmidt, his first as a Cardinal. His previous four came while he was a Colorado Rockie.

Nolan Arenado

Finally, it was announced over the weekend that Arenado was the winner of the NL Platinum Glove, for the best defender in the league regardless of position. This was Arenado’s sixth consecutive Platinum Glove and his second as a Cardinal. It is determined entirely by fan vote. The Platinum Glove award has only been in existence since 2011. Of the 12 NL winners, nine have been either Arenado or Yadier Molina. The other two were Andrelton Simmons in 2013 and Anthony Rizzo in 2016.

Awards presentations continue into the following week, with the four major BBWAA awards ahead. Arenado and Goldschmidt are finalists (among the top three finishers) for the NL Most Valuable Player Award. Brendan Donovan is a finalist for the NL Rookie of the Year.

Brendan Donovan

Cardinals announce plans for 2023 Winter Warm-Up

The annual Winter Warm-Up is back for the 26th year and returns to an in-person event. The Warm-Up is scheduled for January 14-17, 2023, and this year the event has moved.

Instead of being held at a downtown hotel, the Warm-Up will be held at Busch Stadium and Ballpark Village. In addition, new activities have been added along with the return of the old favorites. Fans who purchase Warm-Up tickets will receive a complementary tour of the Cardinals Clubhouse and the Hall of Fame Museum.

Tickets for the three-day event will go on sale beginning November 25, 2022. Autograph tickets will go on sale in mid-December. The event will be cashless, and all tickets will be issued via the MLB Ballpark app.

More information about the Warm-Up can be found here.

Also returning in 2023 is the Cardinals Caravan. This annual roadshow to towns in Cardinals country takes place during the same period as the Warm-Up. Partial schedules and additional information about the Caravans can be found here.

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports from the General Manager Meetings in Las Vegas that the Cardinals have expressed interest in catcher Willson Contreras. The former Cubs catcher is a free agent and two other teams, the Tigers and the Astros, have also expressed interest, according to Janes.

The Cardinals are in the market for a catcher to replace retired Yadier Molina and are also looking for a bat to insert in the lineup to back up Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado. Contreras would fill both roles. Contreras has been issued the Qualifying Offer by the Cubs, so any team signing him will forfeit a draft pick.

Transactions

  • 11/8 The Cardinals selected the contract of CF Moises Gomez from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 11/8 The Cardinals activated RHP Alex Reyes from the 60-day injured list.
  • 11/8 The Cardinals activated RHP Drew VerHagen from the 60-day injured list.
  • 11/9 The Cardinals acquired SS Jose Fermin from the Cleveland Guardians for cash.

Injury Report

There are no new injuries to report.

Looking Ahead

The 2022-23 offseason has begun, and all unsigned eligible free agents have become free agents.

The Cardinals have two free agents. Pitcher Jose Quintana, and OF Corey Dickerson. The team may attempt to sign Quintana, but it is unlikely that Dickerson will be returning.

José Quintana

The deadline for making the Qualifying Offer to free agents has passed.  It is set at $19.65 million for one year. Quintana was not eligible because he had not been with the Cardinals for a full season. The Cardinals did not make the Qualifying Offer to Dickerson. The deadline for players to accept or reject the Qualifying Offer is November 20.

Corey Dickerson

The deadline for finalizing 40-man rosters is November 15. All players on injured lists must be returned to the roster by this date. The Cardinals have already activated RHP Alex Reyes and RHP Drew VerHagen from the 60-day injured list. In addition, the Cardinals selected the contract of Moises Gomez from Memphis and placed him on the 40-man roster. It is possible other players will be added before the deadline to protect them from December’s Rule 5 Draft.

Other key dates coming up in November are:

  • November 14-17 – BBWAA awards will be announced. They are the Manager of the Year, Rookie of the Year, MVP, and Cy Young.
  • November 18 – Non-tender deadline. This date has been moved from the traditional deadline in early December. All players under team control must be tendered a contract for the 2023 season by this date.

Blast from the Past

Over the last couple of weeks, the Rawlings Gold Glove Awards and the Platinum Glove Awards were given out. The Cardinals won two Gold Gloves, one by Nolan Arenado at third base, and the second for Brendan Donovan in the new Utility Player category.  Arenado then won the NL Platinum Glove just recently.

The Cardinals and Gold Gloves have been quite friendly with each other over the years and decades. This week’s Blast from the Past will outline the past history of the Cardinals Gold Gloves and Platinum Gloves.

The first Gold Glove Awards were given out in 1957. In the first year, awards were for both leagues. Beginning in 1958, separate Awards are designated for the best in the American League and the National League, respectively.

For the first four years, the awards were designated by the nine positions individually (for outfield, left, center and right). From 1961 through 2010, no distinction was made between outfield positions but were just given to three outfielders. For instance, there could have been three Gold Glove center fielders.

Beginning in 2011, the award returned to how it started, with left, center and right fields each receiving the award separately. In at least two years, ties resulted in four outfield awards (1985 and 2007).

The first Cardinal to receive a Gold Glove award was Ken Boyer, at third base in 1958. The Cardinal with the most Gold Gloves is Ozzie Smith, with 13 at the shortstop position. Two of those were won when he was with San Diego. Keith Hernandez won 11 Gold Gloves, the first six when he was a Cardinal.

(Billy Hurst/USA TODAY Sports)

The Cardinals with the second most Gold Gloves only as a Cardinal are Bob Gibson and Yadier Molina, each with nine. Curt Flood (CF) had seven. Bill White (1B) and Jim Edmonds CF) tied Hernandez with six as a Cardinal.

The Cardinals have the most Gold Gloves as a team in MLB with 51. They also hold the record for the most in a single season, which they set in 2021 with five.

The position at which the most Cardinals Gold Gloves were earned is the outfield, with 20. Center field was the outfield position with the most (17). These were won by Flood (7), Edmonds (6), Willie McGee (3), and Harrison Bader (1).

The Cardinals have the distinction of having received the most Platinum Gloves as well. This award has only existed since 2011, so only 12 have been given. The Cardinals have six of those 12. Yadier Molina has four and Nolan Arenado has two. The Colorado Rockies had four, all won by Arenado. The other two were won by Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs, and Andrelton Simmons of the Braves.

The Gold Gloves and Platinum Gloves have both been dominated by Cardinals, and this is a trend their fans hope will continue into the future.


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