Prior to the St. Louis Cardinals game on Friday afternoon against the Detroit Tigers, the organization celebrated something that last occurred 35 years prior – an Appalachian League title by the Cardinals.
Since the championship was achieved on the field, it seemed most fitting to recognize its key participants on the field as well. In this case, it was in front of a packed house of spring training fans at Jupiter, Florida’s Roger Dean Stadium.
Manager Mike Shildt, pitching coach Doug White and hitting coach Ramon Ortiz, all returning for 2011, led their group of charges forward for congratulations and the receipt of their championship rings. The club’s trainer, keeping these young men healthy and ready to play, was Mike Petrarca.
All in all, 39 players - 20 position players and 19 pitchers - appeared in regular-season game action for the 2010 Johnson City team. The oldest was not born until more than a decade had already passed following the club’s last championship, in 1976.
Almost all of the members of the 2010 roster were present for Friday’s ring ceremony, presided over by Senior Vice President and General Manager John Mozeliak and Farm Director John Vuch. The table below lists all 39 players that saw action ordered by at-bats and innings pitched.
2010 Johnson City Cardinals
Four players had been recognized as Appalachian League All-Stars. They include pitcher Hector Corpas, catcher Cody Stanley and outfielder Oscar Taveras. In addition, pitcher Ryan Copeland was named the league’s Pitcher of the Year. Shildt also took home the Appy League’s top manager award.
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Ring ceremony photos
Vuch and the coaches lead the players onto the field
The players wait in the dugout to be called forward
White, Shildt, Mozeliak, Vuch and Ortiz
Boone Whiting and Reggie Williams receive their rings
The 2010 Johnson City Cardinals (left view)
The 2010 Johnson City Cardinals (right view)
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