Wainwright Hints At Plans For 2023

Adam Wainwright, now 41, has been a St. Louis Cardinal for 17 years. He says he's made his decision on whether he'll return for another season, or join his legendary teammates Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina in riding off into the sunset. But he's keeping it to himself, at least for now. 

One thing he will say, is that he didn't like sitting in the bullpen and not pitching in the Cardinals' just-concluded Wild Card Series loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. Waino has pitched in 9 postseasons, and said he wasn't a fan of...being a fan.

We should know pretty soon if something happens. If not, then it’s been a good run. Thanks, St. Louis. I don’t like not pitching in a playoff series. So, you can take that one of two ways. You could take that as it’s been a good run. Or, you could take that as a motivation to never let that happen again.

Wainwright had a rough time of it through the month of September, posting a 6.37 ERA and 1.78 WHIP over his final seven starts, thus his omission from the Wild Card rotation. Overall, he finished the season with a more-than-respectable 3.71 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. Certainly showed that he could still pitch in a major league rotation. 

He's made it this far, into his 40s, by keeping batters guessing. Now, it appears he's going to be keeping the rest of us guessing as to what his future has in store.