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Adam Wainwright, Cardinals Sign Extension

Adam Wainwright pitching
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Adam Wainwright and the St. Louis Cardinals have reached an agreement over a one-year contract extension for the 2022 season. The details of the deal have not yet been released.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch first broke this news Friday afternoon. The tweet on @Cardinals, the St. Louis Cardinals Twitter page, is very simple:

Wainwright himself had this to say about his impending return:

“I don’t want to be anywhere else,” Wainwright said in the Friday press conference. “Who am I kidding? My catcher, Yadi, coming back here was a big factor in me coming back also. He’s more than a catcher to me. He’s one of my closest friends. We’ve grown up together. We were kids together in the big leagues, and now we’re the old geezers in the big leagues together.”

Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals Pitcher

As I reported on August 24, longtime Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina signed a one-year extension for 2022. Molina said that his biggest priority was to then advocate for a favorable extension to be offered for Wainwright. For the current season’s extensions, Wainwright was the first to come to an agreement. He had lobbied on Molina’s behalf until the process was completed for him, also. It appears that Yadi was successful in returning the favor to Waino. The celebrated battery has a goal in mind: Wainwright and Molina have started 304 games together, which ranks fourth in MLB history for battery mates — just 20 behind all-time leaders Mickey Lolich and Bill Freehan, according to ESPN.com.

Adam Wainwright, Banner Year

Cardinals manager Mike Shildt made an announcement after the Cardinals clinched the Wild Card berth; Shildt named Adam Wainwright the starting pitcher for next Wednesday’s National League Wild Card Game. The 40-year-old ace has been the shining spot in the Cardinals rotation. Wainwright boasts a 17-7 record in 32 starts while racking up a total of 206 innings, his highest production since 2014.

Last week, Wainwright also became only the second Cardinals pitcher to attain the accomplishment of 2,000 career strikeouts. Hall of Famer Bob Gibson is the only other Cardinal to have achieved this goal.

Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. had some high praise for Wainwright:

“He’s been a very effective pitcher throughout his career, one of the greatest Cardinals ever, and has really led the staff for a number of years. He’s just been a wonderful player, and a really wonderful person and leader. We’re thrilled that Adam will be with us next year and, who knows, maybe beyond. We look at him as a lifetime Cardinal and one whose legacy will remain among the top players forever.”

Bill DeWitt, Jr., Cardinals Chairman

Final Thoughts

I have been a St. Louis Cardinals fan since birth. I love the Birds on the Bat. I’m a proud member of Cardinal Nation and a true believer in the Cardinal Way. This Cardinals fan is thrilled that we have another season to witness the amazing pitching of Adam Wainwright. I was lucky enough to attend a game this summer and see him pitch. I thought that would be my last chance to see him pitch, and to see the amazing battery of Wainwright and Molina. I’m glad that I have another opportunity in 2022.

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