David Freese has declined to be inducted into the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame.
The Athletic and other local 메이저놀이터 media outlets reported on Monday (Aug. 18) that Freeze has declined to be inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame.
Freeze was voted into the Cardinals’ Hall of Fame in 2023 by fans. He declined the honor.
Freeze was traded to St. Louis from the San Diego Padres in December 2007 as a minor leaguer and made his big league debut in 2009. In five years and 466 games, he batted .286 with a .356 on-base percentage and .427 slugging percentage and was a one-time All-Star.
He shined brightest in the 2011 postseason. He won back-to-back MVP honors in the Championship Series and World Series, helping his team win the World Series.
In Game 6 of the World Series against the Texas Rangers, he tied the game with two outs in the ninth inning with runners on first and second, and then turned the tide of the series with a solo home run in the bottom of the 11th inning.
While he left a lasting impression on fans’ memories and was voted into the organization’s Hall of Fame, he believes he doesn’t deserve to be in.
In a statement, he called the Hall of Fame induction “something I’ve been thinking about since before the voting began,” adding that while he is well aware of his contributions to the team, “this honor means more to me than that.”
He thanked the Cardinals organization and the city of St. Louis for always supporting him, and expressed his sympathy for the fans who voted for him. “I understand how others may feel about my decision. I will accept it and live with it,” he added.
Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt III, while expressing his 메이저사이트추천 disappointment in the choice, said, “I respect his decision and hope he can celebrate his career in other ways. He will always be welcome at Busch Stadium.”
With Freeze declining to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, the 2023 class will include two retired players, Jose Oquendo, selected by the club, and Max Lanier, selected by the Red Ribbon Committee.