The St. Louis Cardinals have announced their modern era Hall of Fame candidates.
On this year's ballot, players from the 1970s, 80s, 90s and the 2000s have a chance to join the Cardinals Hall of Fame. The candidates are:
- Vince Coleman
- Keith Hernandez
- Jason Isringhausen
- Ray Lankford
- Scott Rolen
- Lee Smith
- John Tudor
Keith Hernandez, Jason Isringhausen and Scott Rolen are the returning candidates from 2017, a year where Tim McCarver, Mark McGwire and Pepper Martin entered the Cardinals Hall of Fame.
Voting begins March 1 at cardinals.com/hof.
Here is a little breakdown of each of the candidates.
Cardinals OF from 1985-1990
Vince Coleman sprinted into the big leagues setting the MLB rookie record for steals in 1985 with 110 SBs. In his five seasons with the Cardinals, he swiped a total of 549 bags, good for second in team history, and 556 runs. He was pretty good at the plate as well, with 937 hits including 56 triples.
Cardinals 1B from 1974-1983
One of the best defensive first basemen in the history of the sport, Keith Hernandez was the 1979 NL MVP and a six-time gold glover in St. Louis. He was a key member of the 1981 NL East championship team and the 1982 World Series team.
In '79, he had a league best .344 batting average and drove in 105 runs.
Cardinals closer from 2002-2008
A key cog in Tony LaRussa's bullpen, Jason Isringhausen piled up more saves than any pitcher in team history. He was the bullpen ace for one of the most dominant runs in team history and in 401 games, Isringhausen had an ERA of 2.98 and a WHIP (Walk + Hits / IP) of 1.19.
His 2004 saves mark of 47 was tied for the team lead for more than 10 years before Trevor Rosenthal saved 48 games in 2015.
Cardinals outfielder from 1990-2001 returned in 2004
Ray Lankford brought an exciting combination of power and speed unlike anything Cardinals fans had seen when he hit the scene in 1991. In 1992, he became the first Cardinal to hit 20 homers and steal 20 bases since Lou Brock did it in 1967.
He would go on to achieve the feat four more times, making him the only multi-time 20-20 player in Cardinals history(Tommy Pham achieved the feat last year).
Lankford's longevity allowed him to place in the top five in team history in steals and home runs.
Cardinals 3B from 2002-2007
From the time he was traded to the team at the trade deadline in 2002, Rolen was a steady contributor with the glove and the bat for some of the best teams in Cardinals history. He was an all-star four years in a row for the Cardinals from 2003-2006.
In 2004, Rolen was a member of the Cardinals vaunted MV3 that led the team to an MLB-best 105 wins and a trip to the World Series. In his second trip to the World Series, Rolen led the team with a .421 batting average and 4 extra-base hits.
Cardinals RP from 1990-1993
The 6-foot-5 Louisiana native came to the Cardinals from the Red Sox in 1990 to take over the closer role. In his short stint with the Cardinals, he compiled 160 saves in 245 games. In 1991, he set the team record for saves with 47. A record that stood until Rosenthal broke it in 2015.
Cardinals SP 1985-1988 and 1990
Hin his five-plus years in the Cardinals rotation, John Tudor had a winning percentage of .705, the second-best mark in team history.
The lefty's best season with the team was in 1985. He won 21 games with 10 shutouts and posted a 1.93 ERA. He finished second in Cy Young voting that season.