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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. Because the best two teams in the National League were both from the Central Division, the Astros were awarded the NL Central champion seed in the playoffs due to a better head-to-head record, and the Cardinals were seeded as the wild-card.[1]

2001 St. Louis Cardinals
NL Wildcard
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record93–69 (.574)
Divisional placetied-1st
Other information
Owner(s)William DeWitt, Jr.
General manager(s)Walt Jocketty
Manager(s)Tony La Russa
Local televisionFox Sports Midwest
KPLR
(Al Hrabosky, Bob Carpenter, Dan McLaughlin, Joe Buck)
Local radioKMOX
(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 Cardinals were granted the right to claim the National League Central Division Co-Championship, which they still honor today. [2]

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.

This was also Jack Buck's final season as the team's broadcaster.

Contents

OffseasonEdit

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

Regular seasonEdit

Albert Pujols made his major league debut on April 2 against the Colorado Rockies.[6] He appeared in three at-bats and collected one hit.[7]

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

Season standingsEdit

NL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Houston Astros 93 69 0.574 44–37 49–32
St. Louis Cardinals 93 69 0.574 54–28 39–41
Chicago Cubs 88 74 0.543 5 48–33 40–41
Milwaukee Brewers 68 94 0.420 25 36–45 32–49
Cincinnati Reds 66 96 0.407 27 27–54 39–42
Pittsburgh Pirates 62 100 0.383 31 38–43 24–57


Record vs. opponentsEdit

2001 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16]
Team ARI ATL CHC CIN COL FLA HOU LAD MIL MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL AL
Arizona 5–2 6–3 5–1 13–6 4–2 2–4 10–9 3–3 3–3 3–3 3–4 4–2 12–7 10–9 2–4 7–8
Atlanta 2–5 4–2 4–2 4–2 9–10 3–3 2–5 3–3 13–6 10–9 10–9 5–1 3–3 4–2 3–3 9–9
Chicago 3–6 2–4 13–4 3–3 3–3 8–9 4–2 8–9 3–3 4–2 4–2 10–6 2–4 3–3 9–8 9–6
Cincinnati 1–5 2–4 4–13 3–6 4–2 6–11 4–2 6–10 4–2 4–2 2–4 9–8 2–4 4–2 7–10 4–11
Colorado 6–13 2–4 3–3 6–3 4–2 2–4 8–11 5–1 3–4 4–3 2–4 2–4 9–10 9–10 6–3 2–10
Florida 2–4 10–9 3–3 2–4 2–4 3–3 2–5 4–2 12–7 7–12 5–14 4–2 3–4 2–4 3–3 12–6
Houston 4–2 3–3 9–8 11–6 4–2 3–3 2–4 12–5 6–0 3–3 3–3 9–8 3–6 3–3 9–7 9–6
Los Angeles 9–10 5–2 2–4 2–4 11–8 5–2 4–2 5–1 2–4 2–4 3–3 7–2 9–10 11–8 3–3 6–9
Milwaukee 3–3 3–3 9–8 10–6 1–5 2–4 5–12 1–5 4–2 3–3 3–3 6–11 1–5 5–4 7–10 5–10
Montreal 3–3 6–13 3–3 2–4 4–3 7–12 0–6 4–2 2–4 8–11 9–10 5–1 3–3 2–5 2–4 8–10
New York 3–3 9–10 2–4 2–4 3–4 12–7 3–3 4–2 3–3 11–8 11–8 4–2 1–5 3–4 1–5 10–8
Philadelphia 4–3 9–10 2–4 4–2 4–2 14–5 3–3 3–3 3–3 10–9 8–11 5–1 5–2 3–3 2–4 7–11
Pittsburgh 2–4 1–5 6–10 8–9 4–2 2–4 8–9 2–7 11–6 1–5 2–4 1–5 2–4 1–5 3–14 8–7
San Diego 7–12 3–3 4–2 4–2 10–9 4–3 6–3 10–9 5–1 3–3 5–1 2–5 4–2 5–14 1–5 6–9
San Francisco 9–10 2–4 3–3 2–4 10–9 4–2 3–3 8–11 4–5 5–2 4–3 3–3 5–1 14–5 4–2 10–5
St. Louis 4–2 3–3 8–9 10–7 3–6 3–3 7–9 3–3 10–7 4–2 5–1 4–2 14–3 5–1 2–4 8–7


TransactionsEdit

  • April 9, 2001: John Mabry was sent to the Florida Marlins by the St. Louis Cardinals as part of a conditional deal.[5]
  • 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.[8]
  • 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.

RosterEdit

2001 St. Louis Cardinals
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player statsEdit

BattingEdit

Starters by positionEdit

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 battersEdit

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

PitchingEdit

Starting pitchersEdit

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 pitchersEdit

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 pitchersEdit

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

Player G W L SV ERA SO

NLDSEdit

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 honorsEdit

All-Star Game

Farm systemEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ County, Astros. "2001 Co-Champions?". Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Quinton McCracken Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  4. ^ Bobby Bonilla Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  5. ^ a b John Mabry Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  6. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/p/pujolal01.shtml
  7. ^ http://www.baseball-almanac.com/box-scores/boxscore.php?boxid=200104020COL
  8. ^ Danny Haren Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  9. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007

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