St. Louis Cardinals’ Kolten Wong removes his batting gloves after striking out with the bases loaded … [+] to end the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
While few baseball players spend their entire career with one team, Kolten Wong seemed like a good fit as a potential lifelong member of the St. Louis Cardinals.
The second baseman was the Cardinals’ first-round draft pick in 2011 from the University of Hawaii. Two years later, he was in the major leagues and part of a team that reached the World Series.
Wong eventually settled in as a regular and The Cardinals signed him to a five-year, $25-million contract prior to the 2016. He was a steady if not unspectacular performer while helping St. Louis to five postseason appearances in eight years.
Wong seemingly got a little better each season and became a slightly better than league-average offensive performer. He won his first National League Gold Glove last season and is one of three finalists for the award again this year.
Furthermore, Wong became a fan favorite. At just 5-foot-7 and 185 pounds, he was the type of player with which the everyman could identify.
Wong also developed into a leader in the clubhouse and a go-to guy for the media when they needed to ask big-picture questions.
Yet Wong is no longer a Cardinal.
The team announced Wednesday this it had declined