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Adam Wainwright

Adam Parrish Wainwright, born August 30, 1981 in Brunswick, Georgia) is a right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals.


[edit] Early career

A highly valued prospect coming out of Glynn Academy, Wainwright planned to play college baseball for Georgia Tech, signing a letter of intent with the Yellow Jackets.[citation needed] But, when he was selected 29th overall in the first round of the 2000 amateur draft by his favorite team, the Atlanta Braves, Wainwright chose to forego college and go straight to the pros, signing a contact with the Braves that included a $1.25 million bonus.

In December 2003, Wainwright was sent to the Cardinals along with pitchers Jason Marquis and Ray King in a trade that sent outfielder J. D. Drew and utility man Eli Marrero to the Atlanta Braves. After two somewhat uneven seasons in the Cardinal minor-league system, Wainwright made his MLB debut for St. Louis on September 11, 2005.

[edit] 2006: Reliever, closer, champion

Wainwright made the Cardinals' Opening Day roster as a relief pitcher after having been a starter for his entire minor-league career. On May 24, 2006, in his first career at bat, Wainwright hit a home run against Noah Lowry of the San Francisco Giants[1]; he became the 23rd batter in Major League history to hit a home run off his first pitch thrown in his first at-bat, and the 11th National Leaguer.[1]

Wainwright pitched capably as a middle reliever, but when Cardinal closer Jason Isringhausen underwent season-ending hip surgery in September, Wainwright was pressed into service as the closer. He saved two crucial games on Sept. 27 and Sept. 30 as St. Louis held off a late charge by Houston and won the NL Central Division championship.

The Cardinals, who made the postseason despite an unexceptional 83-78 record, rolled through October to win the tenth world championship in franchise history. Wainwright, the new closer, took center stage:

  • On October 8, 2006, Wainwright closed out the final game of the Cardinals' National League Division Series, ending the San Diego Padres' season and propelling the Cardinals to the 2006 National League Championship Series.
  • On October 19, 2006, in the final game of the National League Championship Series, Wainwright, with the bases loaded, struck out Carlos Beltran looking on 3 pitches, ending the New York Mets' season and sending the Cardinals to the World Series.
  • On October 27, 2006, in Game 5 of the 2006 World Series, Wainwright struck out Detroit Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge with a slider to win the world championship.

[edit] 2007: Back to starting

Wainwright moved from the bullpen to the starting rotation for 2007. With Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter lost for the year due to elbow surgery, Wainwright emerged as the most reliable Cardinals starter. On August 11, he threw the first complete game of his career in a 2-1 loss to Los Angeles. (It would be the only nine-inning complete game for the Cardinals in all of 2007). By September he had established himself as the staff ace in the absence of Chris Carpenter, going 9-6 with a 2.94 ERA since mid-May. Wainwright finished his first year as a starter by leading the Cardinals in almost every pitching category--games started, innings pitched, strikeouts, and wins--and compiling a 3.70 ERA and a 14-12 record.

[edit] Personal life

Adam Wainwright is a practicing Christian. In the off-season, he resides in St. Simons, Georgia, with his wife Jenny and their daughter, Baylie Grace, born September 10, 2006.[2][3]

[edit] Stats

2005 STL 20 0 2.0 2 3 3 1 1 013.50 .250
2006 STL 61 2 1 75.064 26 26 6 22 72 3.12 .230
2007 STL 32 14 12 202.0 212 9383 13 70 136 3.70 .269
TOTALS 3 years95 16 13 279.0 278 122 112 20 93208 3.61 .259

[edit] References and external links

  • Career statistics and player information from MLB, or Baseball-Reference, or The Baseball Cube
  1. ^ Home Run in First Pitch Ever by Baseball Almanac
  2. ^ The Official Site of The St. Louis Cardinals: Team: Player Information : Biography and Career Highlights
  3. ^ Sharing the Victory Magazine - vsItemDisplay

Adam Wainwright
St. Louis Cardinals No. 50
Starting Pitcher
Born: August 30, 1981 (1981-08-30) (age 26)
Bats: Right Throws: Right 
Major League Baseball debut
September 11, 2005 for the St. Louis Cardinals
Selected MLB statistics
(through 2007)
Win-Loss     16-13
Earned Run Average     3.61
Strikeouts     208
  • St. Louis Cardinals (2005-present)

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