Our bullpen is another strong unit, with three pitchers who served as closers at times during their respective Cardinals careers. Interestingly, the ‘pen features a couple of pitchers in Oh and Reyes who have previously represented their countries in the World Baseball Classic.
Seung-Hwan Oh- South Korea
Oh, who begins 2017 as the Cardinals’ closer, became the all-time saves leader in the Korean Baseball Organization before coming to the U.S. and starring out of the Cards’ pen last season.
Edward Mujica- Venezuela
Mujica, a native of Valencia, Venezuela, earned a spot on the All-Star team while serving as the Cardinals’ closer for the majority of the 2013 season.
Dennys Reyes- Mexico
The popular lefty specialist made 134 appearances out of the Cardinals’ bullpen in 2009 and 2010.
Moe Drabowsky- Poland
Drabowsky was born in Poland but fled to Connecticut when Hitler began carrying out genocide in Eastern Europe. He went on to enjoy a 17-year MLB career and spent the 1971 and 1972 seasons with the Cardinals, collecting 10 saves in 81 appearances.
Kurt Krieger- Australia
There’s not much background info available on Krieger, who pitched in just three games for the Cardinals between 1949-51 and died at the age of 43 in 1970. Krieger pitched collegiately at Washington University in St. Louis, and considering the conditions that would have been present in Austria for someone born in 1926, it’s likely that his path to the U.S. was similar to Drabowsky’s. Krieger is the only Austrian-born player in the history of Major League Baseball.
Mike O’Neill- Ireland (Pitcher/Outfielder)
O’Neill, a native of Maam, Ireland who played high school baseball in Darby, Pennsylvania, spent his entire MLB career with the Cardinals from 1901-04. He was a very early model for the type of player that the Cardinals hope Jordan Schafer can become this year, pitching in 85 games (starting 77) and playing in another 28 as an outfielder.