From BR Bullpen
Jose Rosario Domec Cardenal
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10", Weight 150 lb.
 Biographical Information
Jose Cardenal was a flaky outfielder who spent much of his career in the 1960s and 1970s with the California Angels and the Chicago Cubs. He was often known to chew on the vines that cover the outfield wall at Wrigley Field. Fairly or not, he was sometimes known as a hypochondriac but the length of his career argues against this. His only World Series appearance came in his final season, 1980, when he was with the Kansas City Royals. Cardenal hit .290 or above for five consecutive seasons with the Cubs from 1972 to 1976.
After his playing days, Cardenal was a long-time big league coach. He was on the Cincinnati Reds staff in 1993 and with the St. Louis Cardinals the next two seasons, 1994 and 1995. From 1996 to 1999, he was a New York Yankees coach and spent the next two years with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays (2000 and 2001). In 2002 and 2003, he was once again a member of the Reds coaching staff.
While in the Texas League in 1963, he became one of the league's few players to both hit 30 homers and steal 30 bases in a single season.