July 30, 1962 |
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|April 12, 1987 for the St. Louis Cardinals|
|Last MLB appearance|
|August 15, 1998 for the St. Louis Cardinals|
|Runs batted in||320|
|Career highlights and awards|
Thomas Alan Pagnozzi (born July 30, 1962 in Tucson, Arizona) is a former Major League Baseball player for the St. Louis Cardinals. Primarily a catcher, Pagnozzi also made 40 appearances at first base and seven appearances at third base during his 12-season career, which spanned from 1987 to 1998.
Initially a backup catcher and utility player for the Cardinals, in 1990 Pagnozzi impressed Cardinals manager Joe Torre enough to move Todd Zeile, then the Cardinals' hot catching prospect, to third base to make room for him. Pagnozzi remained the Cardinals' regular catcher until 1996. While Pagnozzi had moderate power and was considered an RBI threat, he was primarily regarded for his defense, for which he won Gold Gloves in 1991, 1992, and 1994. Pagnozzi also made the National League All-Star team in 1992.
Pagnozzi retired in 1998 at the age of 36, after being released by the Cardinals in August, with a career batting average of .253 with 44 home runs and 320 RBI. He also played in the Puerto Rican Winter League with the Mayaguez Indians from 1986 to 1990.
Tom played collegiately for Arkansas.
Pagnozzi now makes his home in Fayetteville, Arkansas, giving extensively to the youth of the community, as well as the community as a whole. Pagnozzi is doing well after an auto accident on December 22, 2008, near his home. Pagnozzi, who was driving with Cardinals farmhand Casey Rowlett, hit a patch of ice and that caused his truck to flip several times. Pagnozzi and Rowlett emerged with minor injuries, but another passenger was seriously injured.
Tom Pagnozzi's nephew, Matt, is also a catcher, and made his debut with the Cardinals on September 29, 2009.