What was inevitable has finally become official for the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Cardinals season came to an abrupt end when they were knocked out in the NL Wild Card round by the eventual National League champion Philadelphia Phillies.
It was an unceremonious way to end two legendary careers.
On MLB.com, under the Cardinals transactions page, two roster moves are shown from yesterday.
They’re quite simple, but quite sad for Cardinals fans, as it reads that both Pujols and Molina have officially retired and will begin the next phases of their lives.
Official transactions logged by #stlcards.
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— Derrick Goold (@dgoold) November 1, 2022
Pujols, Yadi Make Retirements Official
While their careers are over, the two left a lasting impact on the City of St. Louis.
Pujols and Molina won two World Series rings together in 2006 and 2011.
Each had their fair share of memorable moments in Cardinals uniforms.
Pujols hit several towering home runs that enthralled the entire fanbase, with one of the most notable being his home run off of Brad Lidge in the 2005 NLCS.
Pujols also reached the 700-home run mark in September, cementing his place in baseball history.
For Molina, there is no shortage of memorable moments.
He came through time and again for the Cardinals when he was needed the most.
Perhaps the moment that defines his career is his home run in Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS that helped lift the Cardinals to the World Series.
This year, Molina and Adam Wainwright set the all-time starts record for a battery.
Both players were legends in their own right, and fans in St. Louis will miss them.