There were no decorations to the Busch Stadium pitching mound Friday night for the start of a five-game home stand.
In recent weeks, the grounds crew had carved a cross and a No. 6 (in honor of the late Stan Musial) on the back side of the mound. But general manager John Mozeliak, who said he first had learned about the practice from a Post-Dispatch report and photo, said Friday night that he had asked that the practice cease.
“Once we learned of it,” said Mozeliak, “I did contact the grounds crew and just asked that they don’t.
“It’s just not club policy to be putting religious symbols on the playing field or throughout the ballpark. I didn’t ask for the reason behind it. I just asked for it to stop.”
Mozeliak said he had been in touch with Major League Baseball about the matter after the article by the Post-Dispatch’s Derrick Goold had appeared but he said the club already had made its decision to stop adding that particular artwork to the mound.
“If you want to stencil, “Stl,” or something like that, that’s fine,” said Mozeliak, “but that’s not something we’ve asked anyone to do.”