Thomas Alan Pagnozzi (born July 30, 1962, in Tucson, Arizona) is a former Major League Baseball (MLB) catcher who played twelve seasons for the St. Louis Cardinals. He played collegiately for Arkansas. Besides catcher, Pagnozzi also made 40 appearances at first base and seven at third base during his career, which spanned from 1987 to 1998.
|Born: July 30, 1962|
|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|
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 he had moderate power and was considered a run batted in (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 from MLB as a player in 1998 at the age of 36 after having been released by the Cardinals in August. His offensive career totals included a batting average of .253 with 44 home runs and 320 RBI. He placed in the top five in Cardinals franchise history in catcher defensive categories such as games caught, innings, putouts, stolen bases allowed, caught stealing, and fielding percentage.
Pagnozzi now makes his home in Fayetteville, Arkansas, giving extensively[clarification needed] to the youth of the community, as well as the community as a whole. He recovered 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. The two men emerged with minor injuries; however, another passenger was seriously injured.