St. Louis Cardinals: Top 20 Starts in Team History by New Acquisitions

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St. Louis Cardinals: Top 20 Starts in Team History by New Acquisitions
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Carlos Beltran (right) is off to one of the best starts by a newly acquired Cardinal in team history. Matt Holliday (left) knows what that feels like.

The St. Louis Cardinals have a knack for turning journeymen into superstars.

"Welcome to Baseball Heaven," read signs posted all over the third edition of Busch Stadium. While the signs are meant as a marketing message to fans, players must feel included by the slogan as well.

Baseball heaven is often where new life begins for aging stars. The saints just keep marching in. Careers are resurrected—born again, so to speak—on a seemingly annual basis. Just ask Will "The Thrill" Clark, Mark McGwire, Larry Walker, Dennis Eckersley, Lance Berkman and now Carlos Beltran.

St. Louis is just as often the birthplace of fresh legacies. A change in scenery was all it took to spark breakout performances by Ozzie Smith, Lee Smith and Lou Brock.

Is it something in the water? Perhaps playing in front of the renowned fanbase "Cardinal Nation" does the trick. Coaching seems like a probable answer, but staffs change all the time.

Whatever it is, St. Louis boasts a long history of hot starts by new acquisitions. Here is a look back through time, in chronological order, of the best.

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