May 4, 1990: Cardinals trade Tom Brunansky to Boston for Lee Smith

For more than a month, the Cardinals and Red Sox had discussed a trade that would send St. Louis’s top home run hitter, Tom Brunansky, to the Boston for closer Lee Smith. Cardinals general manager Dal Maxvill declined the trade proposal in early April, hopeful that his club could re-sign Brunansky and keep in himContinue reading “May 4, 1990: Cardinals trade Tom Brunansky to Boston for Lee Smith”

April 22, 1988: Cardinals trade Tom Herr to the Twins for Tom Brunansky

Tom Herr knew that the Cardinals needed to shake things up after winning just four of their first 15 games in 1988. Still, he was just as shocked as Cardinals fans when he entered the clubhouse following a 4-0 loss to the Mets and was informed that he had been traded to Minnesota for power-hittingContinue reading “April 22, 1988: Cardinals trade Tom Herr to the Twins for Tom Brunansky”

April 23, 1990: Cardinals trade for the “Wonder Dog,” Rex Hudler

On the same day that third baseman Terry Pendleton pulled his hamstring attempting to stretch a single into a double, the Cardinals added much-needed infield depth, trading relief pitcher John Costello to the Montreal Expos for utility man Rex Hudler. Hudler’s acquisition immediately gave Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog more lineup flexibility. In two seasons inContinue reading “April 23, 1990: Cardinals trade for the “Wonder Dog,” Rex Hudler”

Keith Hernandez Part 3: Post-Cardinals Career and Legacy

This is Part 3 of a three-part series chronicling Keith Hernandez’s career, which includes Part 1: Road to the MVP and Part 2: Champions in ’82, Traded in ’83. As Keith Hernandez helped to turn around a Mets franchise that had been mired in the bottom of the National League East standings, Whitey Herzog and Hernandez continuedContinue reading “Keith Hernandez Part 3: Post-Cardinals Career and Legacy”

Keith Hernandez Part 2: Champions in ’82, Traded in ’83

This is Part 2 of a three-part series chronicling Keith Hernandez’s career, which includes Part 1: Road to the MVP and Part 3: Post-Cardinals Career and Legacy. After Keith Hernandez‘s MVP season, the Cardinals rewarded him with a five-year, $3.8 million contract. The contract made Hernandez’s salary more than 10 times larger than the $75,000Continue reading “Keith Hernandez Part 2: Champions in ’82, Traded in ’83”