Exit Interview: Joe Kelly

2014 Major League Stats: 4.20 ERA, 17 G, 96.1 IP, 1.35 WHIP for STL/BOS
2014 Minor League Stats: 2.61 ERA, 3 G, 10.1 IP, 1.36 WHIP in AAA
2015 Role: Starting Pitcher for the Boston Red Sox

Joe Kelly was one of everyone’s favorite Cardinals pitchers. The fun-loving character was a joy to have around, so it made sense when his trade, along with Allen Craig, in July rocked the team. One of my favorites for a few reasons. First, his ability to dance in and out of trouble, or whenever he felt like it, was unparalleled. Some may say it was luck, and it’s easy to dismiss it as so, but his mound presence didn’t change regardless of the situation. He always looked in control.

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Exit Interview: A.J. Pierzynski

2014 Major League Stats: ..251/.288/.337, 5 HR in 102 G for BOS/STL
2015 Role: Catcher in the Major Leagues

A.J. Pierzynski, the much maligned signing by John Mozeliak that I think all of us thought was going to be the team’s worst move of the season, turned out to be not so bad for the Cardinals. Perhaps some of the trash thrown at him by the Red Sox as he left town after being cut in July was just because he never really fit into the clubhouse clique there. However, he seemed to ingrain himself positively in this Cardinals team, perhaps best illustrated by his conversation with Kolten Wong during Game 2 of the NLCS right before Wong hit a walk off home run.

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Exit Interview: Marco Gonzales

2014 Major League Stats: 4.15 ERA, 10 G, 34.2 IP, 1.53 WHIP
2014 Minor League Stats: 2.43 ERA, 21 G, 122 IP, 1.12 WHIP
2015 Role: Reliever for St. Louis

Marco Gonzales made it two years in a row that the Cardinals’ first round pick made their Major League debut the very next year. Gonzales, 22, happened to get an opportunity to make that debut at home in Colorado against the Rockies. His Dad, who is a minor league coach for Colorado, got flown in by the Rockies to see his son’s debut.

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Aldrete headed to Oakland

St. Louis Cardinals’ bench coach Mike Aldrete will be headed to the Oakland Athletics to serve as their new bench coach under his old skipper Bob Melvin. The position opened up when former A’s bench coach Chip Hale took the managerial job for Tony La Russa in Arizona.

This is a move home for Aldrete as he has deep roots in northern California. He graduated from Stanford, played for both the Giants and the A’s during his career, was born there and he currently lives there during the off season.

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Oscar Taveras, 1992-2014

A baseball team is a family. We learned this through the reaction in July to the trade of Allen Craig and Joe Kelly. It perhaps hits a team like the Cardinals a little harder than most because of the “build from within” philosophy as these players all developed through the minor leagues together. Now we’re reminded of that again. Except this time he won’t be coming around every so often with the visiting team.

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