Trio of St. Louis Baseball Men of the Year

Adam Wainwright, Yadier Molina and Matt Carpenter to share St. Louis' top baseball award for the 2013 season.

Following the 2013 season, three members of the St. Louis Cardinals placed highly in voting for the top recognition given to National League pitchers and players.

Adam Wainwright finished second in the balloting for the 2013 NL Cy Young Award, while teammates Yadier Molina and Matt Carpenter were third and fourth, respectively, in the NL Most Valuable Player Award voting. All three were NL All-Stars. Wainwright and Molina won Gold Glove Awards while Carpenter and Molina were voted Silver Sluggers.

It was recently announced that the three will share an additional honor, the locally-focused J.G. Taylor Spink St. Louis Baseball Man of the Year Award. Molina and Wainwright are prior winners, with Carpenter a first-time honoree.

The St. Louis chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America will recognize the trio at the 56th annual St. Louis BBWAA Dinner, to be held on January 19, 2014. Further information about the event can be found at the St. Louis BBWAA website.

Recent winners of the annual award, first given out in 1959, include Molina in January 2013, Tony La Russa and John Mozeliak in 2012 with Wainwright and Albert Pujols having shared the honor at the 2011 dinner.

To read about each of the three new honorees' 2013 accomplishments, check out these articles at The Cardinal Nation blog, part of our top 20 St. Louis Cardinals stories of the year series:

"TCN blog 2013 top story #5: Wainwright's continuing leadership"
"TCN blog 2013 top story #4: Matt Carpenter's rise"
"TCN blog 2013 top story #3: Molina's MVP bid"

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