Adam Wainwright is set to enter his final season in Major League Baseball.
The veteran right-hander has had an undeniably storied career and has stuck with one team through thick and thin.
The St. Louis Cardinals recently brought him back on a one-year, $17.5 million deal after another successful season.
Wainwright won 11 games and had a 3.71 ERA in 32 starts during the 2022 regular season.
While not as dominant as he once was, Wainwright is still durable and a steady hand in the Cardinals rotation.
In fact, the 41-year-old owns an elite mark heading into the 2023 season.
Among active pitchers, Wainwright ranks fifth in career strikeouts.
Adam Wainwright is currently 5th in career strikeouts among active pitchers. #STLCards
— Cards Convo ™ (@CardinalsConvo) December 26, 2022
There has been no shortage of great moments during Wainwright’s legendary career.
Cardinals fans fell in love with him after he stepped into the closer’s role in Jason Isringhausen’s absence during the 2006 postseason.
All Wainwright did was close out all three postseason series, including a strikeout of Carlos Beltran, to guide St. Louis to its first World Series title in almost a quarter century.
The right-hander then became a starter and hasn’t looked back ever since.
He has earned three All-Star selections and finished in the top three in Cy Young voting twice.
He also has 195 career wins to his name and will more than likely reach the 200-win plateau this season.
Wainwright is the last remaining holdover from the Cardinals World Series teams in 2006, 2011, and 2013.
He’s developed a reputation for rising to the occasion and winning some key games for the Cardinals.
Cardinals fans will always appreciate what he was able to accomplish during his storied career.