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April 1, 2014

Where is he now? Former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Anthony Reyes

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Ever wonder what happened to former St. Louis Cardinals World Series hero Anthony Reyes?

According to a post from former Redbirds reliever Randy Flores, Reyes went back to the University of Southern California to get his bachelor's degree which he recently completed.

Reyes, 32, is currently a free agent after a series of arm injuries derailed his career. He hasn't pitched since 2009 when he was a member of the Cleveland Indians after the Cardinals dealt him away.

Only 13-26 with a 5.12 ERA over the course of his career, Reyes saved his best for when it mattered most.

Former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa was forced to use the then rookie pitcher in the opening game of the 2006 World Series when the Redbirds limped into the playoffs on the last day of the season and then had to go the full seven games in the National League Championship Series against the New York Mets. He ended up out-dueling a fellow rookie by the name of Justin Verlander.

Reyes held a powerful Detroit Tigers line-up to two runs and four hits over eight innings in the World Series opener to steal a game on the road and bring the Cardinals home for a chance to win the Fall Classic at Busch Stadium.

And that's exactly what the team did, taking its first World Series trophy since 1982.

Reyes never got into another game in the post season and in 2007 the magic wouldn't continue. He went 2-14 with a 6.04 ERA. In the middle of the 2008 campaign he was traded to Cleveland for Luis Pedermo, a guy the Cardinals thought so little of that they didn't keep him on the roster at the end of the season. He was claimed by the San Francisco Giants in the Rule 5 draft.

It wasn't exactly the career the St. Louis front office had in mind when he emerged as the club's top prospect in 2005. (Chris Lambert was ranked second, Cody Haerther third, Brad Thompson fourth and Adam Wainwright fifth, according to reports at the time.) But I would take a World Series ring and 291 MLB regular season innings of work over 2,000 IP and no jewelry if given the choice.

The money comes and goes. But a being a World Series champion is forever.

Congratulations, Anthony

 

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Scott Wuerz has reported for the Belleville News-Democrat since 1998​. He writes about the St. Louis Cardinals from a fan's perspective in his Cheap Seats blog.

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