Will Matt Holliday be the first ballot Cardinals Hall of Famer in 2022? Here’s a look at all five players to vote for.
Street. Lewis – Another former Cardinal will join the ranks of franchise legends inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame in 2022.
The Cardinals announced that the ballot for the 2022 Freshman Player of the Year will consist of pitcher Steve Carlton, outfielder George Hendrick, outfielder Matt Holliday, pitcher Matt Morris, and shortstop Edgar Renteria.
The player with the most votes after fan voting ends on Friday, April 15 will be selected for induction into the Cardinals Hall of Fame.
Fans can start voting Saturday, March 5, at cardinals.com/HOF.
Here’s a quick look at this year’s nominees:
Steve Carlton pitched for the Cardinals from his rookie season in 1965 to 1971. The team traded Carlton to the Philadelphia Phillies after the 1971 season. In seven seasons in St. Louis, Carlton went 77-62 with a 3.10 ERA and 951 strikeouts in 1,265.1 innings pitched. Carlton was also a member of the 1967 World Series team. Carlton has been on balloting for the Cardinals Hall of Fame for five years.
This is the first year for player George Hendrick on the ballot. “Silent” George played for the Cardinals from 1978 to 1984, hitting . 294 with 978 hits, 187 doubles, and 122 runs scored in 893 games in St. Louis. Hendrick drove in the game-winning run in Game 7 of the 1982 World Series against the Milwaukee Brewers.
2022 is also the first year for outfielder Matt Holliday on the ballot. Holiday landed a huge deal with the Colorado Rockies, and played for the Cardinals from 2009-2016. During that time, Holiday hit . 293 with 1,048 hits, 237 doubles, and 156 home runs in 982 games in St. Louis. Holliday was a 4-time St. Louis All-Star and is 3rd all-time among Cardinals players in career home runs.
Matt Morris pitched for the Cardinals from 1997 to 2005. During that time, Morris achieved a 101-62 record with a 3.61 ERA. Morris was a two-time St. Louis All-Star, winning a career-best 22 major league games in 2002. His 986 strikeouts were sixth in franchise history. This is Morris’ seventh year on the ballot.
Edgar Renteria is also on the ballot for the seventh time. The Cardinal played well from 1999 to 2004, compiling a . 290 batting average, 973 hits, 207 doubles, 72 home runs, and 148 stolen bases in six seasons. Renteria was a 3-time All-Star as a Cardinal and won two Gold Glove Awards and three Silver Slugger Awards in St. Louis.
The player-elect will be inducted into the Hall of Fame during an honor ceremony on Saturday, August 27.