Gall bound for Korea
Twice the organization's minor league player of the year, outfielder John Gall was released by the Cardinals on Monday so that he could sign with a professional team in Korea. Gall, 28, was in his fourth season with Class AAA Memphis, batting .287 with 34 RBIs in 82 games. His best shot at staying in the majors came last fall, when he hit his way onto the postseason roster.
Otherwise, he'd spent most of his recent time in Class AAA, idling as a successful hitter but learning new positions to be more attractive to the majors.
"John worked his tail off, playing left field, right field and first base," Memphis manager Danny Sheaffer said Tuesday. "He might have been in a better situation with a different organization that wasn't so set (at third and first bases). ... If St. Louis was not going to have interest in him and he had a chance to make some money for himself (in Korea), it was a good opportunity."
Gall, a righthanded hitter, was flirting with .400 in Memphis when he was promoted in April of this season. He got three hits in 12 at-bats before being returned to Memphis.
The organization honored Gall in 2002 and 2003, as he hit better than .290 with at least 19 homers in each season.
Should Gall clear major-league waivers, he will be a free agent and removed from the 40-man roster. He is expected to join the Lotte Giants in Korea's professional league for the rest of their season.
I never thought the Cards gave him a real shot. The guy can hit. Best of luck in Korea.