Jake Westbrook needs to rediscover his slider in 2012.
43 years ago, another Cardinals pitcher turned in an even more remarkable rookie season, finishing second in voting to Tom Seaver of the New York Mets. The story of Dick Hughes goes far beyond a 16-6 record with a 2.67 ERA over 222 innings. Forget that he had one of the best sliders in the game, and held right handed hitters to a .197 batting average. The real story of Dick Hughes is one of determination and refusing to quit, in spite of overwhelming odds against success.