2000s

Matt Morris: "I definitely left money on the table. How much? Who knows, but I've always said in the pat, 'Why are these guys arguing over X amount of dollars?'"

January 4, 2002: Matt Morris, Cardinals agree to a three-year deal

After winning 22 games and placing third in the National League Cy Young Award voting in 2001, Cardinals right-hander Matt Morris was arguably at the height of his negotiating power. At a time when many players would have called their agent to begin laying the groundwork for a new contract that would take full advantage …

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August 19, 2009: Cardinals sign John Smoltz in their push for postseason glory

With a seven-game lead in the National League Central and six weeks remaining in the 2009 season, the Cardinals couldn’t pass the opportunity to add a future Hall of Famer to their rotation. “It was too inviting not to take a chance on,” Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said.[1] On August 19, 2009, the Cardinals …

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August 6, 2004: Cardinals trade for Larry Walker as they make World Series push

One week after the 2004 trade deadline, the Cardinals added future Hall of Famer Larry Walker to a lineup that already included Albert Pujols, Scott Rolen, and Jim Edmonds. The Cardinals received Walker and cash considerations in exchange for minor league pitcher Jason Burch and two players to be named later. In August, the Cardinals …

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May 24, 2006: Adam Wainwright homers in his first big-league at-bat

When defending Cy Young Award winner Chris Carpenter was scratched from his May 24 start against the Giants with inflammation of a bursa sac located between his right shoulder and rib cage, the 2006 Cardinals pitching staff was dealt a blow. In Carpenter’s place, the St. Louis pitching staff started dealing some blows of its …

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April 6, 2001: Pujols hits his first career homer in breakout game

Albert Pujols chose an ideal moment for his first career home run. The 2001 Cardinals had lost their first three games, allowing 32 runs during a winless season-opening series against the Rockies. The series hadn’t gone any better for Pujols, who went just 1-for-9 in Colorado, including an 0-for-5 performance in the second game of …

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July 29, 2002: Cardinals trade for all-star third baseman Scott Rolen

When the trade was finally complete, the newest St. Louis Cardinal, Scott Rolen, recalled his father taking him to games at Busch Stadium in the 1980s. Now, following a trade that sent Placido Polanco, Bud Smith, and Mike Timlin to the Phillies for Rolen and minor-league pitcher Doug Nickle, the 27-year-old from Jasper, Indiana, would …

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January 29, 2002: Cardinals sign their first Japanese-born player, So Taguchi

Walt Jocketty wasn’t quite sure what he was purchasing when the Cardinals announced the signing of their first Japanese-born player, 32-year-old outfielder So Taguchi, to a three-year contract in January 2002. After all, Jocketty had never even seen the 10-year veteran of the Japan Pacific League play. Neither had Tony La Russa. Instead, the Cardinals …

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June 3, 2004: Yadier Molina gets two hits, throws out first baserunner in his debut game

A muscle strain that literally took Cardinals catcher Mike Matheny’s breath away opened the door for 21-year-old Yadier Molina to make his major league debut and – as the third member of the catching Molina brothers to reach the majors – make a little history as well. On June 2, 2004, Matheny was removed in …

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April 6, 2007: A clutch double play and three RBIs from Chris Duncan help Adam Wainwright win his first MLB start

By the time Adam Wainwright made his first start, his bona fides as a stopper already had earned their place in St. Louis Cardinals history. During the 2006 playoffs, Wainwright made nine scoreless appearances, including four saves. In the National League Division Series against the San Diego Padres, he threw 1 1/3 innings in Game …

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