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12/16/11 3:30 PM EST

Cards named Organization of the Year

Club takes home prestigious award from Baseball America

The Cardinals added another honor to their memorable 2011 on Friday by being named "Organization of the Year" by Baseball America.

Not only did the Cardinals use a furious rally to make the playoffs and eventually win their 11th World Series by beating the Rangers in seven games last season, the St. Louis organization also won Minor League championships at Class A Quad Cities and rookie-league Johnson City.

The Cardinals' Minor League system ranked fourth overall with a .530 winning percentage (401-355), and Double-A Springfield first baseman Matt Adams was named Texas League Player of the Year. Adams and pitcher Shelby Miller were named the Cardinals' Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively

Baseball America, a national trade publication, has been honoring baseball's top organizations since 1982, and this is the first time the Cardinals have won the honor.

Brian McTaggart is reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.