David Freese announces he is turning down election to Cardinals Hall of Fame

The Cardinals announced in a press release on Saturday that David Freese has informed the team that he has chosen to withdraw his candidacy for election to the team’s Hall of Fame.

Freese won the fan balloting for this year’s election and was scheduled to be inducted in a ceremony on Aug. 20

The press release included this statement from Freese:

“This is something that I have given an extreme amount of thought to, humbly, even before the voting process began.  I am aware of the impact I had helping the team bring great memories to the city I grew up in, including the 11th championship, but this honor means more to me,” said Freese.

“I look at who I was during my tenure, and that weighs heavily on me.  The Cardinals and the entire city have always had my back in every way.  I’m forever grateful to be part of such an amazing organization and fan base then, now and in the future.I’m especially sorry to the fans that took the time to cast their votes.  Cardinal Nation is basically the reason why I’ve unfortunately waited so long for this decision and made it more of a headache for so many people. I feel strongly about my decision and understand how people might feel about this. I get it. I’ll wear it.  Thank you for always being there for me, and I am excited to be around the Cardinals as we move forward.

Cardinals President Bill Dewitt III, said, “Although we are disappointed that David has declined to be inducted into our Hall of Fame, we respect his decision and look forward to celebrating his great Cardinals career in other ways going forward. He is always welcome at Busch Stadium.”

Chosen by the fans, Freese was the top votegetter in the Cardinals Hall of Fame online balloting presented by Edward Jones.  The team will continue with the inductions of José Oquendo and Max Lanier during Hall of Fame Weekend.

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