St. Louis Cardinals MLB Notebook – Week of October 18-24

photo: Jordan Hicks (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals made a quick managerial change, reportedly promoting bench coach Oliver Marmol. After just two outings, Jordan Hicks is no longer pitching in the Arizona Fall League. Our history feature covers the World Series and St. Louis’ prior success in it.

Oliver Marmol (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Marmol to be named manager

After the St. Louis Cardinals invited media members to a 10:00 a.m. Monday Zoom call, numerous Sunday reports indicated the event is planned to announce the promotion of bench coach Oliver Marmol to the field manager position, replacing fired Mike Shildt.

Marmol, 35, will become the youngest manager in Major League Baseball. The other assistant coaches making up the 2021 staff have reportedly been asked to return, with the exception of a new opening to replace Marmol as bench coach.

The Cardinal Nation will have more on the story as it becomes official.

Hicks leaves Arizona Fall League

After making just two starts for the Glendale Desert Dogs in the Arizona Fall League, right-hander Jordan Hicks has left the AFL. Glendale was informed by Hicks’ agent of his decision to leave the league and return home for the offseason.

Jordan Hicks

President of Baseball Operations’ John Mozeliak confirmed Hicks’ decision to StL Sports Page. The reason given was that Hicks felt that he was at the point he needed to be with his pitching. The decision did not involve any injury concerns, according to Mozeliak.

Hicks pitched a total of 4 2/3 innings for Glendale in two appearances, and was not dominating, posting a 9.64 ERA. In his last start, he gave up three earned runs in 2 2/3 innings pitched and issued three walks. The Cardinal Nation’s Brian Walton covered his first outing.

The Cardinals sent Hicks to the AFL with the idea of possibly converting the right hander from a reliever to a starter in order to reduce stress on his arm.

Hicks is expected to have a normal offseason and be ready to pitch for Spring Training. In what role is unclear. The Cardinals will apparently send another pitcher to the AFL to replace Hicks.

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.

Transactions

  • 10/22 The Cardinals claimed RHP Ljay Newsome off waivers from the Seattle Mariners.

Cardinals Claim Rehabbing RHP Ljay Newsome

Injury Report

There are no new injuries to report.

Looking Ahead

When the postseason ends, the offseason begins with the election of free agency for eligible players. This is official at 9 am on the morning after the end of the World Series. Following a five-day exclusive window to negotiate with their former team, all free agents can then sign with other teams.

The Cardinals have nine players set to become free agents absent being re-signed by them. This list does not include Nolan Arenado, who has an opt-out clause in his contract but has notified the team he does not intend to exercise it. The nine players are Matt Carpenter, Andrew Miller, Carlos Martinez, Kwang-Hyun Kim, J.A Happ, Jon Lester, T.J. McFarland, Luis Garcia, and Wade Le Blanc. Carpenter and Martinez have 2022 options that the Cardinals are not expected to pick up. Garcia and McFarland may be re-signed for 2022 if deals can be reached. Miller is not likely to be made an offer. The remaining players may or may not be returning to the Cardinals, either on a major league contract or a minor league deal.

Teams can also make Qualifying Offers of $18.9 million for a one-year contract to eligible free agents. The deadline for teams to tender the Qualifying Offer is 4 pm CT on the fifth day following the World Series. The Cardinals are not expected to make a qualifying offer to any of their free agents.

Blast from the Past

In the final installment of our postseason series, the week’s Blast from the Past focuses on the prior World Series in which the Cardinals have played, with specific emphasis on the team’s 11 World Series Championships. St. Louis has played in 19 World Series in total. The 11 titles will be mentioned first, followed by a brief summary of the eight losses.

The first modern MLB World Series was held in 1903 between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Boston Americans (which became the Boston Red Sox in 1908). Boston won the series five games to three. There was no World Series in 1904, as one of the teams, the New York Giants, refused to participate. The Series resumed in 1905 and continued on each year until the present day, except for 1994 when the labor strike cancelled the postseason.

The first World Series in which the Cardinals participated was in 1926. This was the Cardinals’ first title in the modern era, as they defeated the New York Yankees four games to three from October 2 through 10, 1926. The Cardinals won games 2, 3, 6, and 7, with three of the four wins coming in Yankee Stadium.

1926 St. Louis Cardinals

St. Louis won its second World Series in 1931 over the Philadelphia Athletics four games to three. This series featured Hall of Famers Jim Bottomley, Frankie Frisch, Burleigh Grimes, Chick Hafey, and Jesse Haines. The Cardinals won games 2, 3, 5, and 7.  Games 2 and 7 were played in Sportsman’s Park.

In 1934, the Cardinals won their third World Series, four games to three against the Detroit Tigers. All four of St. Louis’ wins were on the road. The series featured Hall of Famers Joe “Ducky” Medwick and Dizzy Dean. Game 7 was an 11-0 walloping of the Tigers, and the Detroit fans took their frustrations out on Medwick for making a hard slide by throwing fruits, vegetables, bottles, and other things at him.

1934 St. Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals next prevailed in the World Series of 1942. St. Louis won three titles in this decade of World War II.  The 1942 series was a Cardinal win in five games over their 1926 opponent the New York Yankees and featured Hall of Famers Enos Slaughter and Stan Musial. The Cardinals won three of four games in Yankee Stadium. Their only loss was Game 2 in Sportsman’s Park.

Two years later, the Cardinals took the 1944 World Series over their cross-city AL rivals the St. Louis Browns, four games to two. Slaughter and Musial were again the future Hall of Famers featured. The series was given three different nicknames, “The Trolley Series,” “Streetcar Series,” and “The St. Louis Showdown.” All six games were played in Sportsman’s Park since both teams shared the ballpark during the season. The Cardinals won games 2, 4, 5, and 6.

In 1946, the Cardinals earned their sixth title, defeating the Boston Red Sox four games to three. Hall of Famers Slaughter and Musial were joined by Red Schoendienst. St. Louis won games 2, 4, 6, and 7.  Game 7 was made famous by the “mad dash” of Slaughter in the eighth inning of the 3-3 contest. Game 4 was played in Fenway Park, with the first three in Sportsman’s Park.

Enos Slaughter’s Mad Dash

St. Louis did not win another World Series title until 1964, a four games to three win over the New York Yankees for the third time. This series featured Hall of Famer and World Series MVP Bob Gibson as well as HOFer Lou Brock. The Cardinals won games 1, 4, 5, and 7, two in Busch Stadium and two in Yankee Stadium.

The Cardinals’ second World Series title in that decade was in 1967 as St. Louis defeated the Boston Red Sox four games to three. The Cardinals won games 1, 3, 4, and 7, two in Fenway and two at Busch Stadium. Gibson was again the World Series MVP, and he and Brock were joined by Hall of Famers Steve Carlton and Orlando Cepeda.

The Cardinals earned their ninth title in 1982 over the Milwaukee Brewers in seven games. The Brewers were in the American League until shifting to the National League in 1998. Hall of Famers featured were Ozzie Smith and Bruce Sutter as well as Manager Whitey Herzog. The MVP was Darrell Porter. The Cardinals won games 2, 3, 6, and 7, three in Busch Stadium and one in County Stadium.

2006 World Champions (St. Louis Cardinals)

World Series Title number 10 came in 2006. The Cardinals beat the Detroit Tigers in five games, losing only Game 2 in Comerica Park. David Eckstein was the MVP. This was the first World Series played in Busch Stadium II. Hall of Famer Tony La Russa was the manager. La Russa was only the second manager in MLB history to win a World Series title in both leagues.

The 11th World Series title came to the Cardinals ironically in 2011. St. Louis won over the Texas Rangers in seven games. Game 6 has gone down in World Series lore as one of the best ever played. The Cardinals were behind and down to their last strike twice yet rallied to win the game in a walk off in the 11th inning. David Freese was the World Series MVP and was also the NLCS NVP in the win over the Brewers. St. Louis won games 1, 3, 6, and 7.

David Freese (USA TODAY Sports Images)

In addition to the 11 titles, the Cardinals played in eight World Series in which they were the loser. The following are the eight World Series losses with each team played and in how many games.

  • 1928:  New York Yankees swept the Cardinals in four games.
  • 1930:  Philadelphia Athletics, lost four games to two.
  • 1943:  New York Yankees, four games to one.
  • 1968:  Detroit Tigers, four games to three.
  • 1985:  Kansas City Royals, four games to three.
  • 1987:  Minnesota Twins, four games to three.
  • 2004:  Boston Red Sox, swept in four games.
  • 2013:  Boston Red Sox, four games to two.

The Cardinals’ 11 World Series titles are the most in the National League and the second most in MLB, behind the Yankees at 27. Their most frequent opponents were the Yankees, followed by the Red Sox. The Cardinals are the only one of the NL’s original eight teams that have an overall World Series lead over the Yankees.


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