Friday, March 12, 2010

1981 St. Louis Cardinals

Two Ships Passing
This team was similar to the Reds in that they had the best record for the season in their division but didn't get to the playoffs. They finished 2nd in both halves of the season. But that is where the similarities end. These two teams were like two ships passing in the night. The Reds were coming off of their 1970s successes, but would be the worst team in the National League in 1982 and take the entire '80s to rebuild into a playoff team. Meanwhile, the Cardinals would go on to win the world series in 1982 and appear in 2 more before the end of the '80s.

Could've Been The Best Bullpen Ever
The Cardinals made 3 trades between December 8, 1980 and December 12, 1980 that are interesting. The Cardinals sent out a bunch of spare parts on 12/8 to the Padres to pick up Rollie Fingers and Gene Tenace. On 12/9 they traded Leon Durham and Ken Reitz to the Cubs for Bruce Sutter. Then on 12/12 they traded Rollie Fingers, Ted Simmons, and Pete Vuckovich to the Brewers for a bunch of spare parts. So for four days in the middle of December 1980, the Cardinals had two future hall of fame relievers on their roster. The Cardinals made the right choice keeping Sutter as he would lead the NL in saves for 3 of the next 4 seasons.

When the dust settles, looking at all these trades from the Cardinals viewpoint, it looks like they sent out Leon Durham, Ted Simmons, and Pete Vuckovich and a whole lot of spare parts out to acquire Bruce Sutter and a whole lot of spare parts.

__ TT 814 C Darrell Porter STL
__ TO 420 1B Keith Hernandez STL
__ TO 266 2B Tom Herr STL
__ TO 32 3B Ken Oberkfell STL
__ TO 485 SS Garry Templeton STL
__ TO 334 LF Dane Iorg STL
__ TO 165 CF Tony Scott STL
__ TO 230 RF George Hendrick STL
__ TT 793 OF Sixto Lezcano STL
__ TT 842 C Gene Tenace STL

Starting Pitchers
__ TO 140 SP Bob Forsch STL
__ TT 831 SP Lary Sorensen STL

SP John Martin
__ TO 586 SP Silvio Martinez STL
__ TT 731 SP Joaquin Andujar STL

Relief Pitchers
__ TT 838 CL Bruce Sutter STL
__ TO 563 RP Jim Kaat STL

SP Andy Rincon
__ TT 829 RP Bob Shirley STL
__ TO 255 RP Mark Littell STL
__ TO 348 RP Bob Sykes STL

RP Jim Otten

Other Players
__ FL 539 OF Tito Landrum STL
__ TO 366 SS Mike Ramsey STL

LF Gene Roof
__ FL 427 UT Steve Braun TOR

C Orlando Sanchez

CF David Green

C Glenn Brummer
__ FL 73 IF Julio Gonzalez HOU

PH Neil Fiala

RP Joe Edelen

RP Doug Bair

RP Luis DeLeon

SP Dave LaPoint


MG Whitey Herzog

1 comment:

  1. At the end of the season, they made the Templeton for Ozzie Smith trade that completed the puzzle.