And so it goes for the St. Louis Cardinals, who haven’t developed their own good shortstop since Garry Templeton. If you don’t recognize that name, don’t worry; when Templeton was a rookie, someone named Chevy Chase was actually running America. Those were strange times.
Seriously, that was a long time ago. Templeton manned shortstop through the ‘81 season. But he could be a bit much, and the Cardinals traded him to the Padres for Ozzie Smith. Which worked out exceptionally well for the Cardinals, as Smith built his Hall of Fame résumé while holding the position through 1994.
And in the 19 seasons since then, the Cardinals have employed and deployed some pretty good shortstops. It’s just that none of them came up through the system. Beginning with Ozzie, the Cardinals have been signing, or trading for, their shortstops for more than 30 years. With only one real exception.
Consider: Since 1994, 15 shortstops (or semi-shortstops) have batted at least 100 times for the Cardinals. Leading the way: Edgar Renteria, David Eckstein, and Royce Clayton ... none of them homegrown. Here’s the complete list of the Cardinals’ homegrown shortstops with at least 100 plate appearances since 1994:
Brendan Ryan (1332 PA)
Tyler Greene (556)
Pete Kozma (552)
Tripp Cromer (369)
Luis Ordaz (203)
Posted: October 26, 2013 at 02:43 PM | 17 comment(s)
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