Baseball is a game with many faces. Pitchers, catchers, big bats, managers...There are so many intricate parts to a great team, and the St. Louis Cardinals are historically one of the greatest teams.
Making one's mark as a player is not easy, and unfortunately some slip through the cracks, never truly getting the attention they deserve.
In no particular order, I've picked out 5 players from Cardinals history who I would consider underrated.
Each of these individuals has given 10 or more years to the Cardinals organization. None of them ever received any high honors, the exception being All-Star bids. And none of them are currently on the team. (Sorry, Allen Craig! We don't know where your superstar status will be been you eventually retire.) Lastly, almost all of them were overshadowed by other players.
The definition of the word "underrated" implies a player who's name doesn't often come up in conversation, so there are so many more I have missed. Comment below with your favorites!
*All stats are current on baseball-reference.com as of April 26, 2013*