ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Owning the best record in baseball since the All-Star break (35-17) and a 2.5 game lead in the NL Central, the St. Louis Cardinals are former player and manager Joe Girardi's pick to win the division. One reason is because of his former New York Yankees closer who's now with the Cards: Andrew Miller.
Girardi, who also played in St. Louis in the final year of his career, had some glowing compliments of Miller during his conversation with our Chris Hrabe on KMOX's Sports Open Line Thursday.
He listed Miller among the Cardinals' strongest relievers this year and told a story from when he coached Miller during the 2015 season, which ended in a loss to the Houston Astros in the AL Wild Card Game. Although Miller owned the closer role for that team in the first half of the season, when Aroldis Chapman came over in a trade from the Cincinnati Reds, Girardi says Miller had no qualms with moving into another role.
"I tell people (Miller) was one of my all-time favorite guys to manage because he was willing to do anything at any time to help the team win," Girardi says. "You could argue that he was the best closer of the League that year, but he gave it up because of Aroldis and said, 'I'll do whatever you need. I just want to win.'"
You can listen to the full conversation with the former Cardinals catcher, here: