Longtime baseball writer Joe Strauss, who had worked for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch since 2002, died early Sunday morning at age 54 from complications related to leukemia, the paper announced.
Until taking on a sports columnist role in 2012, Strauss had spent much of his tenure at the Post-Dispatch as a Cardinals beat writer. He previously covered the Braves for the Gwinnett (Ga.) Daily News and Atlanta Journal-Constitution, as well as the Orioles for The Baltimore Sun.
"Today we mourn the passing of our dear friend @PD_sports writer Joe Strauss," the Cardinals said in a tweet. "Our thoughts & prayers are with his family & many friends."
Some of the players Strauss covered over the years also tweeted their condolences.
"Praying for the family of Joe Strauss during this time," Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter wrote. "I admired his persistence and passion that were always on display through his work."
During his career, Strauss covered many memorable baseball moments. He wrote about Game 7 of the 1991 World Series, when the Twins' Jack Morris outdueled the Braves' John Smoltz, as well as the end of Cal Ripken's consecutive games played streak and a pair of Cardinals championship runs.
In St. Louis, Strauss spent a lot of time with then-Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, and the two engaged in their share of "verbal sparring," wrote FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, one of Strauss' colleagues in Baltimore.
"The truth is that we did develop a really solid relationship," La Russa told Rosenthal. "There were some difficult variables there. Joe was very insightful. He had a lot of experience. He could figure things out as well as anybody."
Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.