2001 St. Louis Cardinals season

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2001 St. Louis Cardinals
NL Wildcard
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 93–69 (.574)
Divisional place 2nd
Other information
Owner(s) William DeWitt, Jr.
General manager(s) Walt Jocketty
Manager(s) Tony La Russa
Local television Fox Sports Midwest
KPLR
(Al Hrabosky, Bob Carpenter, Dan McLaughlin, Joe Buck)
Local radio KMOX
(Jack Buck, Mike Shannon, Joe Buck, Dan McLaughlin)
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Mark McGwire belting his 564th of his career home run (moving him ahead of Reggie Jackson for sixth all-time home run leader) during a July 2001 game against the Detroit Tigers.
A lineup card for a 2001 spring training game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves.

The St. Louis Cardinals 2001 season was the team's 120th season in St. Louis, Missouri and the 110th season in the National League. The Cardinals went 93-69 during the season and finished tied for first in the National League Central division with the Houston Astros. Both the Cardinals and Astros finished five games ahead of the third-place Chicago Cubs. The Astros were declared the NL Central champion in the playoffs due to a better head-to-head record, and the Cardinals were seeded as the wild-card.[1] In the playoffs the Cardinals lost to the eventual World Champion Arizona Diamondbacks 3 games to 2 in the NLDS.

Third baseman/Outfielder Albert Pujols won the Rookie of the Year Award this year, batting .329, with 37 home runs and 130 RBIs. Second baseman Fernando Viña and outfielder Jim Edmonds won Gold Gloves in 2001.

Offseason[edit]

  • December 22, 2000: Quinton McCracken was signed as a Free Agent with the St. Louis Cardinals.[2]
  • January 5, 2001: Bobby Bonilla was Signed as a Free Agent with the St. Louis Cardinals.[3]
  • January 5, 2001: John Mabry was signed as a Free Agent with the St. Louis Cardinals.[4]
  • March 28, 2001: Quinton McCracken was released by the St. Louis Cardinals.[2]

Regular season[edit]

Albert Pujols made his major league debut on April 2 against the Colorado Rockies.[5] He appeared in three at-bats and collected one hit.[6]

On September 3, Bud Smith became the ninth Cardinal and eighteenth rookie to hurl a no-hitter.

Season standings[edit]

Central Division W L GB Pct.
Houston Astros 93 69 -- .574
St. Louis Cardinals 93 69 -- .574
Chicago Cubs 88 74 5 .543
Milwaukee Brewers 68 94 25 .420
Cincinnati Reds 66 96 27 .407
Pittsburgh Pirates 62 100 31 .346

Transactions[edit]

  • April 9, 2001: John Mabry was sent to the Florida Marlins by the St. Louis Cardinals as part of a conditional deal.[4]
  • June 5, 2001: Dan Haren was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2nd round of the 2001 amateur draft. Player signed June 20, 2001.[7]
  • June 5, 2001: Joe Mather was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 3rd round of the 2001 amateur draft.
  • June 5, 2001: Skip Schumaker was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 5th round of the 2001 amateur draft.

Roster[edit]

2001 St. Louis Cardinals
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Other batters[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO

NLDS[edit]

Arizona wins the series, 3-2

Game Home Score Visitor Score Date Series
1 Arizona 1 St. Louis 0 October 1-0 (AZ)
2 Arizona 1 St. Louis 4 October 10 1-1
3 St. Louis 3 Arizona 5 October 12 2-1 (AZ)
4 St. Louis 4 Arizona 1 October 13 2-2
5 Arizona 2 St. Louis 1 October 14 3-2 (AZ)

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Star Game

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Memphis Redbirds Pacific Coast League Gaylen Pitts
AA New Haven Ravens Eastern League Danny Sheaffer
A Potomac Cannons Carolina League Joe Cunningham, Jr.
A Peoria Chiefs Midwest League Joe Hall
Short-Season A New Jersey Cardinals New York–Penn League Brian Rupp
Rookie Johnson City Cardinals Appalachian League Chris Maloney

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ankiel throws two hitless innings". ESPN.com. Associated Press. September 19, 2004. Archived from the original on October 9, 2011. "There may be another reason for La Russa's stance. St. Louis finished tied with Houston in 2001, but the Astros won the division based on head-to-head record while the Cardinals won the wild-card berth. Still, St. Louis tried to claim it was division co-champion, a position the commissioner's office rejected." 
  2. ^ a b Quinton McCracken Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  3. ^ Bobby Bonilla Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  4. ^ a b John Mabry Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  5. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/p/pujolal01.shtml
  6. ^ http://www.baseball-almanac.com/box-scores/boxscore.php?boxid=200104020COL
  7. ^ Danny Haren Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  8. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007

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