The St. Louis Cardinals are already having a terrible 2023 season, but it got even worse with the news over the weekend.
In a bold and unexpected move, the man who delivered one of the greatest moments in the history of the St. Louis Cardinals shockingly decided to decline his induction into the team’s Hall of Fame.
Former Cardinals third baseman and postseason hero David Freese declined induction into the team’s Hall of Fame on Saturday.
Freese was set to receive the honor after Cardinals fans voted him into the team Hall of Fame in May. He was supposed to be inducted with Cardinals pitcher Max Lanier and beloved utility man and coach José Oquendo.
Freese attempted to explain his decision in a statement to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
When it comes to that group, Freese spent the least amount of time with the franchise. Freese played five seasons in St. Louis. He hit .286/.356/.427, with 44 home runs, over that period, making one All-Star team.
His biggest moments came in the postseason in 2011 when he hit .397, with five home runs and 21 RBI. That performance helped the Cardinals win the World Series. Freese was named the World Series MVP.
The news comes as the Cardinals are mired in a midst of a terrible season. The team is just 28-43 and in last place in the NL Central.
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