St. Louis Cardinals fans finally got some good news on Wednesday.
Starting pitcher Adam Wainwright will return next season, the team announced.
The news qualifies as important, especially after losing Yadier Molina, Albert Pujols and several coaches.
Wainwright, 41, is one of the iconic players on the Cardinals’ current roster, having been a big part of winning the 2006 title as a reliever.
After confirming his presence for next year, Wainwright also revealed when he will retire.
“Adam Wainwright signed a one-year contract extension with the @Cardinals and announced his plan to retire after 2023, according to @katiejwoo,” Fox Sports MLB tweeted.
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 26, 2022
That’s right: Next year will be Wainwright’s farewell tour, just like the 2022 season was for Pujols and Molina.
Fortunately, the Cardinals have the right structure in place to compete next year and hopefully give Wainwright a chance to bow out in a competitive setting.
He can still contribute to an MLB rotation
However, his presence on the roster goes far beyond loyalty: He remains a highly effective pitcher in the major leagues.
With a 3.71 ERA in 191.2 innings, he was excellent.
A knee injury affected him near the end of the season, so his numbers could have been much better.
It gives the Cardinals a reliable mid-rotation starter as they try to retain their NL Central title next year.
Wainwright has had a wonderful career to this point, but he’ll surely love making another run in the World Series.
He has made three All-Star teams (2010, 2013, 2014), is a World Series champion (2006) and has won two Gold Glove Awards (2009, 2013), a Silver Slugger Award (2017), the Roberto Clemente Award ( 2020) and paced the National League in wins twice (2009, 2013).
He is a future member of the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame.
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