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Cardinals mourn passing of sportswriter Strauss

Longtime baseball writer Joe Strauss, who had worked for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch since 2002, died early Sunday morning at age 54 from complications related to leukemia, the paper announced.

Until taking on a sports columnist role in 2012, Strauss had spent much of his tenure at the Post-Dispatch as a Cardinals beat writer. He previously covered the Braves for the Gwinnett (Ga.) Daily News and Atlanta Journal-Constitution, as well as the Orioles for The Baltimore Sun.

"Today we mourn the passing of our dear friend @PD_sports writer Joe Strauss," the Cardinals said in a tweet. "Our thoughts & prayers are with his family & many friends."

Tweet from @Cardinals: Today we mourn the passing of our dear friend @PD_sports writer Joe Strauss. Our thoughts & prayers are with his family & many friends

Some of the players Strauss covered over the years also tweeted their condolences.

Tweet from @PujolsFive: Our thoughts & prayers go out to the Strauss family today. Rest in peace Joe, I was blessed to play under your watch pic.twitter.com/njK5GqBXd7

"Praying for the family of Joe Strauss during this time," Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter wrote. "I admired his persistence and passion that were always on display through his work."

Tweet from @MattCarp13: Praying for the family of Joe Strauss during this time. I admired his persistence and passion that were always on display through his work.

During his career, Strauss covered many memorable baseball moments. He wrote about Game 7 of the 1991 World Series, when the Twins' Jack Morris outdueled the Braves' John Smoltz, as well as the end of Cal Ripken's consecutive games played streak and a pair of Cardinals championship runs.

Tweet from @KyleMcClellan46: Very sad to hear about the passing of Joe Strauss. I always had much respect for him & the quality reporting he provided. You will be missed

In St. Louis, Strauss spent a lot of time with then-Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, and the two engaged in their share of "verbal sparring," wrote FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, one of Strauss' colleagues in Baltimore.

Tweet from @RandyFlores34: He was fearless in the locker room. He was true to his job. He was true to himself. He was good to me. I will miss Joe Strauss at Busch

"The truth is that we did develop a really solid relationship," La Russa told Rosenthal. "There were some difficult variables there. Joe was very insightful. He had a lot of experience. He could figure things out as well as anybody."

Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB.
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