Second Generation Herr Signs with the Reds

The second generation Herr is leaving the St. Louis Cardinals' organization, after just one season at AA Springfield.

In the 1980's, the St. Louis Cardinals won three pennants and one World Series playing with the double play combination of Ozzie Smith and Tommy Herr.

For about eight years, in the dugout during that time, Tommy's son, Aaron could be found hanging around with the Cardinals, and you know, without a doubt, he had to be dreaming of being a major league ballplayer and playing for the St. Louis Cardinals himself, some day.

In an interview with Jim Terry, here at, Aaron Herr described his childhood, "Well the first eight years of my life I lived the whole summer there, when my Dad was playing for them (Cardinals). We lived in Chesterfield. It was like my home away from home. I'd go there for the summers, and back to Pennsylvania when school started with my Mom. So I say I'm from Pennsylvania, but there's a part of me that says I grew up in St. Louis, too. So I love Missouri, I love St. Louis, so there's still a lot of friends and connections back in St. Louis."

When asked about the chances of him playing in St. Louis at the major league level, Herr replied, "It would be a dream come true."

Aaron signed with the Cardinals in April last season after asking for and receiving his release from the Seattle Mariners. A first round pick of the Braves in 2000, Herr was taken by the Mariners in the minor league portion of the Rule 5 draft last December.

For the diehard Cardinal fans having another Herr in the St. Louis Cardinals' organization, gave new hope for a return to the glory years and perhaps another World Championship.

Those dreams of the second generation taking up the torch were extinguished today when the AA, second baseman, Aaron Herr, signed a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds that includes an invitation to Major League spring training.

For now, his dreams of following in his dad's footsteps and playing at second for the St. Louis Cardinals will have to be put on hold. Herr will suit up next spring training, in the Cardinals' Central Division rivals, Cincinnati Reds uniform.

"The Reds came in pretty strong with some really good offers," Herr told the Lancaster New Era. "I told them what I wanted and they came back and matched that. I'm really excited. This is a real good opportunity for me."

Herr became a minor league free agent this offseason after setting career highs in batting average, doubles, home runs and RBIs for Double-A Springfield this season. He hit .298 with 21 homers and 81 RBIs in 112 games.

Prior to signing with the Cardinals, He hit .272 with 7 home runs and 32 RBI in 2004, for Double-A Greenville and overall, in 5 minor league seasons he had hit just .254 with 31 homers in 402 games.

Minor League Editor, Jason Scott contributed to this report



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