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Stats:

Season Record:  93-69         Standing:  1st (tied)

Attendance: 3,020,046       Manager:   Tony LaRussa

Opening day Lineup: (St. Louis: 0, Colorado: 8, Away, April 2nd) (Summary)

2B      Fernando Vina                                    

SS -     Edgar Renteria 

CF -      Jim Edmonds                                            

1B -      Mark McGwire                                               

3B -      Placido Polanco                                              

LF -      Albert Pujols

C -        Mike Matheny                                                

RF -      J.D. Drew                                              

P         Darrel Kile

 All Stars:                                                Gold Glove Winner:

Matt Morris 

Jim Edmonds

Albert Pujols

Fernando Vina

League Leaders:                                            Awards:

Matt Morris - Wins (22) (tied w/Curt Schilling)

Albert Pujols - Rookie of the Year

Steve Kline - Games (89)

 

Award voting:                                              

MVP  
Albert Pujols (4th)
Matt Morris (tied 14th)  
Steve Kline (tied for 24th)  
Cy Young  

Matt Morris (3rd)

 
Manager of the Year  

Tony LaRussa (4th)

 

 

Monthly W-L

April

12-12

May  

17-11

June  

11-16

July  

13-12

August  

20-10

September/October 

20-8

 

Games I attended this season:

Date Game # Opponent Score Seat Price
5/12 21 Cubs 5-2 W Terrace Reserved $17
7/27   Cubs 4-3 L In Chicago  
8/3 57,58 Marlins 9-5 W, 6-4 L Terrace Reserved $19
8/19 66 Phillies 9-0 W Terrace Box $22
9/19 78 Braves 8-2 W Box $31

 

McGwire 2001 Season HR total: 29  Career:  583

 

2001 Team Info.(from Baseball-Reference.com)    2001 League Stats (from Baseball-Reference.com)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Highlights:

2001 National League Central Division Co-Champions!!!!

"In case you were wondering, the Cardinals and Houston Astros are officially co-champions of the NL Central -- even though the Cards are performing as a Wild Card entry in the playoffs.

The tie-breaker which was invoked to designate the Astros as division champs -- after both teams finished the regular season with 93-69 records -- was purely to determine postseason seedings.

So there's a bit of history here. It marks the first time ever for a flat-footed tie for either a league or division title. All prior ties were resolved in playoffs."  (By: Tom Singer, MLB.COM)

The Cards turned what was looking like a mediocre season around the All-Star break into a Central Division winner!!!  Going 40-18 in the last two months, they climbed over the Cubs and finally tied the Astros.  The pitching was great down the stretch and was certainly good enough to take them all the way to the World Series, but for a bloop hit over Renteria with two out the bottom of the 9th in the 5th game of the NLDS, they might have made it.  

This was as heart-breaking a loss as I can remember and is up there with Game 6 of the 1985 World Series.  This time however, there wasn't anyone to blame.  It was just one of those things...

Usually when a team makes it to the playoffs, one or two players have to have career years.  This year it was Matt Morris and Albert Pujols!   What can you say that hasn't already been said about Albert?   He wasn't supposed to make the team this year, however an injury to Bobby Bonilla left the door open and he never looked back!

If the Cards are going to repeat next year, they're going to have to get a reliable closer or one is going to have to emerge from the current bullpen.  The everyday players are good enough to repeat if they play to their potential.   Let's get ready for 2002!!!

 

National League Division Series:  

StL:  2     Arizona:  3

Tuesday, 10/9 -  Cards: 0   D'Backs: 1   (at Arizona)  (Game recap)

Wednesday, 10/10 -  Cards: 4   D'Backs: 1   (at Arizona)  (Game recap)

Friday, 10/12 -   Cards: 3   D'Backs: 5   (in St.Louis)  (Game recap)

Saturday, 10/13 -   Cards: 4   D'Backs: 1   (in St.Louis)  (Game recap)

Sunday, 10/14 -   Cards: 1   D'Backs: 2   (in Arizona)  (Game recap)

 

2001 Report Card:

A's:

Albert Pujols -  What can you say other than "Rookie of the Year!!!"  Where would the Cards have been without him?  He did it all!!!  (Appeared in his first game, April 2nd.)

Unanimous selection for NL Rookie of the Year
Finished fourth in voting for NL Most Valuable Player.
Won the NL Silver Slugger Award for the top slugging percentage among NL third baseman (.610)
Broke Cardinals rookie records for HRs (37), doubles (47), RBIs (130), extra-base hits (88), runs (112) and total bases (360).
Established NL rookie marks for RBIs (130), extra-base hits (88) and total bases (360).
Won the Cardinals' triple crown (37, 130, .329) First since Ted Simmons in 1973.

Matt Morris - Almost two years after the elbow surgery, Matt wins 22 games.  His gutsy performances rank right up there with the best of 2001.  He was almost unbeatable at home....

Woody Williams - Credit Walt Jocketty with another amazing pickup.  Woody came in and seemed to pick up the entire team down the stretch.

J.D. Drew - For missing so many game due to injury his final numbers were tremendous.  His clutch home run late in the 5th game of the NLDS gave the Cards a chance.   He will be amazing if he can get a whole year in!

Placido Polanco - People said he couldn't play everyday, but he seemed to be in the line-up most of the time and proved his defense was top-notch.   Seemed to run out of gas towards the end, but still contributed.

Fernando Vina - An outstanding all around player that had an outstanding year.  

Steve Kline - Another one of Walt's trades proves to be a winner!  

Craig Paquette and Kerry Robinson - Super subs!!!

B's:

Jim Edmonds - Finally got going late in the season after a horrendous start.  His defense was rock solid again.

Darryl Kile - Pitched effectively even though he didn't get much support at times.

Dustin Hermenson - Some say he might be closer?  

Edgar Renteria - Started slowly but came around in the second half to be the Cards best clutch hitter.

C's:

Dave Veres - When he's on, he's on, but needs to regain that consistency needed of the stopper.

Mike Matheny - After a stellar 2000 campaign, Mike's offense wasn't nearly the same, but his defense is what kept him playing.

Let's just say "below average"

Mark McGwire - Off-season knee surgery kept him out-of-sorts most of the season.   Had a couple of spurts, that got everyone excited, but just never could get his swing back.  

Ray Lankford - Strikeouts just kept piling up and finally traded for Woody Williams.  After more than 10 years with the organization, it was sad to see him go...

Andy Benes - Just never seemed to recover completely from knee injuries.  Doubtful if he will return next year.

 

Steve Kline sets the Cardinals single season record for the most mound appearances with 89.

Fernando Vina is the first Cardinal 2nd baseman to win a Gold Glove.

 

Albert Pujols named Rookie of the Year!!!

Matt Morris named Comeback Player of the Year!!!

Woody Williams named pitcher of the Month for September!

Bud Smith named Rookie of the Month for September!

Albert Pujols named NL Co-Player of the week!

Bud Smith named NL Player of the week!

Bud Smith pitches Cards' 9th ever no-hitter!

Matt Morris named NL Player of the week!

Pujols breaks Cardinal Rookie HR record!

Pujols and Morris named to the All-Star team!

Albert Pujols named Rookie of the Month for May!!

Stechschulte homers in his first ever pinch hit attempt

Albert Pujols named Rookie of the Month for April!

 

Wrigley Field        Wrigley Field

The Cardinals lost the game 4-3.  (More game info)

Me and Mike Shannon

2001 St. Louis Cardinals Official Scorecard - McGwire

St. Louis Cardinals - 2001 Pocket Schedule - Edmonds

 

 

(Tell me your highlights from 2001!)

 

NL Division: Diamondbacks over Cardinals (3-2)            NL Championship: Diamondbacks over Braves (4-1)

World Series: Diamondback over Yankees (4-3)

 

2001 St. Louis Cardinals Official Yearbook   

 

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