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, wouldContinue reading “July 29, 2002: Cardinals trade for all-star third baseman Scott Rolen”

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 CardinalsContinue reading “January 29, 2002: Cardinals sign their first Japanese-born player, So Taguchi”

Chris Carpenter’s Cy Young Award-winning 2005 season (Part 4)

Admittedly, this story about Chris Carpenter’s 2005 Cy Young Award-winning season got quite a bit longer than I originally intended. As a result, this is the fourth in a four-part series of articles. You can find the other parts here: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 On September 8, Chris Carpenter earned win No. 21, shuttingContinue reading “Chris Carpenter’s Cy Young Award-winning 2005 season (Part 4)”

Chris Carpenter’s Cy Young Award-winning 2005 season (Part 3)

Admittedly, this story about Chris Carpenter’s 2005 Cy Young Award-winning season got quite a bit longer than I originally intended. As a result, this is the third in a four-part series of articles. You can find the other parts here: Part 1 Part 2 Part 4 On July 11, Tony La Russa announced that Chris CarpenterContinue reading “Chris Carpenter’s Cy Young Award-winning 2005 season (Part 3)”

Chris Carpenter’s Cy Young Award-winning 2005 season (Part 2)

Admittedly, this story about Chris Carpenter’s 2005 Cy Young Award-winning season got quite a bit longer than I originally intended. As a result, this is the second in a four-part series of articles. You can find the other parts here: Part 1 Part 3 Part 4 Chris Carpenter’s father, Bob, knew by the time hisContinue reading “Chris Carpenter’s Cy Young Award-winning 2005 season (Part 2)”