Former Cardinals Census

Where are they now? Here is the answer for over 50 ex-Cardinals.

Have you wondered where some of your favorite Cardinals from recent seasons are playing today? I looked back at the Opening Day rosters from the last five seasons and added some other prominent former Redbirds to this census. (Years on the Opening Day roster in parentheses.)

Current Major Leaguers:

Atlanta Braves
Edgar Renteria (2002-2004) – Red Sox paid the Braves to take him off their hands.

Boston Red Sox
Julian Tavarez (2002) – Coming off a ten-game suspension.
Mike Timlin (2002) – Has set up and closed for the Sox.

Chicago Cubs
John Mabry (2005) – Pinch-hitter took a better offer for 2006.

Chicago White Sox
Dustin Hermanson (2003) - Ongoing back problems put him on the disabled list.

Cincinnati Reds
Tony Womack (2004) – Not only made the team, but is the pseudo-starter at second base.

Cleveland Indians
Eduardo Perez (2002-2003) – Platoon starter at first base.

Colorado Rockies
Ray King (2004-2005) – Joined the Rockies' pen.
Eli Marrero (2002) – Getting time in left field and has one appearance behind the plate.

Detroit Tigers
Placido Polanco (2002) – Starter at second base for Jim Leyland.

Houston Astros
Orlando Palmeiro (2003) – Third year as Astros outfield reserve.
Russ Springer (2003) – Lefty pen guy.

Kansas City Royals
Mark Grudzielanek (2005) – Starting second baseman.
Reggie Sanders (2004-2005) – Starting left fielder, clean-up hitter.

Los Angeles Dodgers
J.D. Drew (2002) – Oft-injured outfielder isn't (yet).
Brett Tomko (2003) – Moved from San Francisco into the rotation.

New York Yankees
Miguel Cairo (2002-2003) – Middle infield reserve back with the Yankees.

Oakland A's
Kiko Calero (2003) – Valuable set-up man.
Dan Haren - Was never on a Cards Opening Day roster, but included here by popular demand.

Philadelphia Phillies
Abraham Nunez (2005) – Struggling in the early going. Currently in a reserve role.

San Diego Padres
Woody Williams (2002-2004) – Started the season in the pen, but injuries put him back in the rotation.

San Francisco Giants
Jeff Fassero (2003) – Ageless lefty hanging on in the pen.
Mike Matheny (2002-2004) – Starting catcher.
Steve Kline (2002-2004) – Traded for LaTroy Hawkins in the off-season.
Matt Morris (2002-2005) – Slipped right into the rotation.

Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Al Reyes (2005) - Disabled list. May not pitch this season following surgery.

Washington Nationals
Marlon Anderson (2004) – Reserve has yet to appear in the outfield this season.

Free agents:
Mike Difelice (2002) - Unable to make the Washington Nationals in spring training. Was assigned to minor league camp, but is not on the Triple-A roster.
Luther Hackman (2002) - Released after participating in Cardinals minor league spring training camp.
Mike Lincoln (2004) - After three surgeries, would still like to come back again.
T.J. Mathews (2002) - Played for the Astros in Triple-A and Bridgeport of the Atlantic League last season.
Jason Simontacchi (2003-2004) - Released by the Cubs in spring training due to injury.
Gene Stechschulte (2002) - Played for Somerset of the Independent League in 2005.
Fernando Vina (2002-2003) - Released after not making the Seattle Mariners in spring training.

Former major leaguers now in Triple-A:
Alan Benes - Memphis Redbirds (St. Louis) – Among final cuts of the spring.
Einar Diaz (2005) - Buffalo Bisons (Cleveland) – Didn't capture the major league back-up catcher role this spring.
Raul Gonzalez - Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburgh) – Left as a minor league free agent.
Bo Hart - Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Colorado) – Was removed from the Cards' 40-man over the winter.
Mike Mahoney - Syracuse Sky Chiefs (Toronto) – Ditto.
Scott Seabol - Albuquerque Isotopes (Florida) – Ditto.
Joe McEwing - Round Rock Express (Houston) – Joined the Astros via a trade for the ubiquitous player to be named later at the end of March.
Kerry Robinson (2002-2003) - Omaha Royals (Kansas City) – Couldn't make the big club this spring.

Andy Benes (2002) – Last seen hanging out with Fredbird.
Roger Cedeno (2004-2005) - Did not sign anywhere after being released during the 2005 season.
Cal Eldred (2003-2005) – Helped Cardinals out in spring training.
Ray Lankford (2004) – Second comeback isn't going to happen.
Tino Martinez (2002-2003) - Joined ESPN following retirement after 2005 season.
Cody McKay (2004) – Selling real estate in Arizona.
Lance Painter (2003) – Never pitched in the majors again.
Garrett Stephenson (2003) – Ditto, but did make Bissinger's/La Russa's book.
Dave Veres (2002)
Larry Walker (2005) - Serving as a fill-in coach for the Cardinals.

Unknown, but probably playing somewhere:
Bill Pulsipher (2005) - Finished 2005 season with independent Long Island Ducks; played winter ball for Cibao in the Dominican Republic.

Darryl Kile (2002) – Hard not to think of him, especially when the Cards are playing in Chicago. Rest in peace.

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