The bench was the lowest-priority area group on this roster, and thus it’s comprised mostly of players who were only with the Cardinals for a short period. With that said, a few players on the bench have some of the most interesting stories of anyone on the roster.
C: Einar Díaz- Panama
Díaz, a native of Chiriqui, Panama, was Yadier Molina’s first backup, appearing in 58 games after Molina ascended to the starting role in 2005.
C: Eddie Ainsmith- Russia
Ainsmith, who was born in Russia but lived in New London, New Hampshire by the time he began playing professionally at the age of 17, caught for the Cardinals from 1921-23 in the midst of a 15-year major-league career. He was their primary starting catcher during the ’22 and ’23 seasons.
OF: Gerald Young- Honduras
Young was born in Tela, Honduras but played high school baseball in Santa Ana, California. He ended a seven-year MLB career in St. Louis during the 1994 season, hitting for a career-best .851 OPS in 44 plate appearances.
1B/OF: David Green- Nicaragua
Green, a native of Managua, Nicaragua, spent five of his six major-league seasons in St. Louis, winning a World Series with the Cardinals in 1982.
SS: Al Cabrera- Spain
Cabrera, one of just four MLB players ever to hail from Spain, was somewhat of a Moonlight Graham-type character, playing in just one major-league game on May 16, 1913. Cabrera, who was 32 years old at the time, went 0-for-2 in the only at-bats of his MLB career.