Cardinals: Adam Wainwright may have found post-playing career

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Adam Wainwright #50 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches in the first inning of game one of a doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park on June 20, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
Adam Wainwright #50 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches in the first inning of game one of a doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park on June 20, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) /
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St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright may have found post-playing career — and it would keep him in baseball.

The St. Louis Cardinals have been eliminated from postseason contention, but that doesn’t mean that Adam Wainwright is done performing in the playoffs.

Wait, what?

Wainwright, 40, is working alongside A.J. Pierzynski in the FOX broadcast booth this postseason … and is drawing rave reviews early on. He sounds smooth on the broadcast, has good rhythm with Pierzynski and seems natural on the headset. Wainwright has already indicated that 2022 will likely be his last season and if that is indeed the case, he may already have his new gig lined up if he is in fact looking for another gig in retirement.

If he does, FOX would surely take him on. He could be baseball’s version of Tony Romo without the ability to predict plays. Or maybe he predicts pitches?

Either way, Wainwright will have to finish his playing career with the Cardinals before he can consider hopping in the broadcast booth. Considering that he’s coming off one of his best seasons in recent years, posting a 3.05 ERA in 206.1 innings and earning a $17.5 million salary for the 2022 season, he’ll be asked to be a significant part of their rotation — most likely the No. 2 behind Jack Flaherty.

It should set the Cardinals up for yet another postseason berth and if he’s anything like the 2021 version of Wainwright, they should be in position to make a much deeper run in the postseason. Once it’s done, however, look for FOX to move quickly to hire him as part of their broadcast team and potentially have him announcing big games before too long.

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I mean, how could you not want to hire him? Just look how happy he is.

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