McGwire fails to get fans' nod

By wire services
Published October 2, 2005

ST. LOUIS - A 70-homer season wasn't enough to land Mark McGwire on the All-Time Busch Stadium Team.

The Cardinals announced the team Saturday, before the next-to-last regular-season game at the 39-year-old ballpark. The Cardinals move into the new Busch Stadium next season.

Fans selected players at each position, including a starting pitcher and reliever, plus a utility player and a manager.

Perhaps the toughest choice was at first base, where current star Albert Pujols topped McGwire; Keith Hernandez , the 1979 co-MVP; Jack Clark , the lone power hitter on Whitey Herzog 's speedy teams of the 1980s; and Orlando Cepeda , who led the Cardinals to two pennants and the 1967 title.

As if to prove fans right, Pujols hit his 41st homer of the season, a two-run shot, in the first inning.

Herzog, who led the Cardinals to the 1982 World Series title and NL pennants in 1985 and 1987, beat out Tony La Russa , Red Schoendienst and Joe Torre as manager.

WORKING IT OUT: Although they don't know their division-round opponent, the Padres are scheduled to fly to St. Louis after this afternoon's game and have a workout there on Monday. If Houston wins the wild card, the Padres would open against St. Louis. If Philadelphia forces a playoff with Houston for the wild card and wins it, the Padres would fly to Atlanta.

EXTRA INNINGS: The Reds will play 163 games this season, the extra game the result of a seven-inning, 2-2 tie with Houston on June 30.

ANGELS: Outfielder Vladimir Guerrero was not in the starting lineup Saturday. Manager Mike Scioscia said he planned to give the 2004 MVP one of the final two games off before the playoffs start Tuesday.

BLUE JAYS: All coaches' contracts were extended through the 2007 season. They are: pitching coach Brad Arnsberg , hitting coach Mickey Brantley , third-base coach Brian Butterfield , bench coach Ernie Whitt and bullpen coach Bruce Walton . Manager John Gibbons had his contract extended on April 27.

BRAVES: RHP Blaine Boyer , who had a cortisone shot in his right shoulder Wednesday, was scheduled to throw on the side today to help determine if he will be on the team's roster for the division series.

CUBS: Derrek Lee goes into the final game of the season with 199 hits, 99 for extra bases. The last Cub with 200 hits was Ryne Sandberg in 1984. ... Closer Ryan Dempster agreed to a $15.5-million, three-year contract extension through the 2008 season.

GIANTS: Barry Bonds has shut it down for the year to rest his surgically repaired right knee. "His knee's decision," manager Felipe Alou said.

MARLINS: An announcement on manager Jack McKeon 's future with the team is expected either today or Monday.

TWINS: Manager Ron Gardenhire downplayed a confrontation between Torii Hunter and Justin Morneau that occurred after Friday night's win. Morneau and Hunter, who is injured, got in a shoving match in the clubhouse after the game. "That's a whole lot about nothing," Gardenhire said. "Everybody laughed about it afterwards."