Cardinals 2023 Hall of Fame induction class update

David Freese asks team to reconsider his induction; José Oquendo & Max Lanier to be enshrined on Sunday, August 20; club to also honor newly elected National Baseball HOF Scott Rolen on Saturday, August 19

June 17th, 2023

ST. LOUIS, Mo., June 17, 2023 – The St. Louis Cardinals were recently informed by David Freese that he has chosen to withdraw his candidacy for induction into the team’s Hall of Fame on August 20. Despite his decision to decline his Hall of Fame induction, Freese plans to remain an active member of the team’s alumni activities and fan-related events.

“This is something that I have given an extreme amount of thought to, humbly, even before the voting process began. I am aware of the impact I had helping the team bring great memories to the city I grew up in, including the 11th championship, but this honor means more to me,” said Freese.

“I look at who I was during my tenure, and that weighs heavily on me. The Cardinals and the entire city have always had my back in every way. I’m forever grateful to be part of such an amazing organization and fan base then, now and in the future,” continued Freese. “I’m especially sorry to the fans that took the time to cast their votes. Cardinal Nation is basically the reason why I’ve unfortunately waited so long for this decision and made it more of a headache for so many people. I feel strongly about my decision and understand how people might feel about this. I get it. I’ll wear it. Thank you for always being there for me, and I am excited to be around the Cardinals as we move forward.”

“Although we are disappointed that David has declined to be inducted into our Hall of Fame, we respect his decision and look forward to celebrating his great Cardinals career in other ways going forward,” stated Cardinals President Bill DeWitt III. “He is always welcome at Busch Stadium.”

Chosen by the fans, Freese was the top vote-getter in the Cardinals Hall of Fame online balloting presented by Edward Jones. The team will continue with the inductions of José Oquendo and Max Lanier during Hall of Fame Weekend presented by Edward Jones.

Cardinals Hall of Fame Weekend will include an exciting schedule of events for Cardinals fans, including live interviews hosted by Tom Ackerman with José Oquendo and Max Lanier on Friday, August 18 at 6:00 PM at Together Credit Union Plaza, followed by the Maryville University Walk of Fame Paver Presentation at 6:30 PM.

Additionally, as part of a new highlight for Hall of Fame Weekend, Willie McGee will be interviewed on Saturday, August 19 at 11:00 AM at Ballpark Village. The Cardinals will also honor Cardinals Hall of Famer, and newly elected National Baseball Hall Famer, Scott Rolen, both at the Cardinals Hall of Fame & Museum and inside Busch Stadium on Saturday, August 19. More details about the full schedule will be released in the coming weeks.