Mike Shildt officially became the Cardinals Manager on August 28th, 2018 in a news release that was sent out at 3:30 pm central time. It’s a job he interviewed for, with an interim tag, since the Cardinals fired Mike Matheny back in July at the All Star Break.
Here’s some numbers to back up the hiring of Mike Shildt as the teams’ 50th Manager:
–Shildt has been at the helm since July 15th. The Cardinals have been 26-12 since that time.
–9 Consecutive Series wins.
–Best record in Major League Baseball since Shildt’s debut.
–The Cardinals have scored an average of 5 runs a game.
The Cardinals have given Shildt a 2-year contract. When he took over, the Cardinals were a .500 team. As of today, the Cardinals lead the Wild Card Race by a half game. Many fans have been calling for Shildt to lose the interim tag. At the same time, some fans will question the timing of the hiring.
What if the Cardinals don’t make the playoffs? Let the second-guessing begin. When the team announced that Shildt was going to be the interim manager, the front office also mentioned that Shildt would have a chance to prove his worth and become their manager full time. That time has come and now Shildt has full reign of the dugout.
In a news release from the Cardinals, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bill DeWitt, Jr. stated, “We are pleased to name Mike Shildt as the St. Louis Cardinals manager. Mike is a veteran member of the Cardinals organization who has demonstrated strong leadership and coaching traits, formed by his many years of experience in the game, including his 15 years in the Cardinals system. The team’s focused, high-level style of play under Mike is a standard that his teams consistently displayed during his prior years in the minors, and it has continued here at the Major League level.”
That high level of play will be tested the rest of the season. The Cardinals take on the Pittsburgh Pirates starting Tuesday night. They take on the Cincinnati Reds, Washington Nationals and Detroit Tigers after the Labor Day holiday. Before the season ends, the Redbirds end the season with the Braves, Giants, Brewers and on the road against the Chicago Cubs.
John Mozeliak mentioned that his new field manager has been with organization for long enough to earn his way to a full time managerial position. “Mike Shildt has made many stops throughout the Cardinals organization, and today he achieves another position – Manager of the St. Louis Cardinals. Over the past 15 years, Mike has been mentored by many great baseball men including George Kissell, Tony La Russa and Mark DeJohn. Now he has an opportunity to share his insights throughout the entire organization.”
More about Shildt’s background:
*He’s 50 years old.
*Member of the Cardinals organization since 2004.
*Major League coaching staff member since 2017.
*Managed 8 seasons in Cardinals farm system.
*Shildt’s Minor League Clubs won 2010, 2011 and 2012 Championships.
*Shildt Managed 2016 Memphis Redbirds of the Pacific Coast League.