Mike Shildt is the Cardinals manager, fired during a Thursday morning meeting with John Mozeliak, the club’s president of baseball operations.
It came as a surprise to Shildt, as Mozeliak characterizes it, who cited “philosophical differences” between the manager and the main office, though he repeatedly refused to elaborate on the nature of those differences during a Zoom news conference Thursday afternoon.
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So who will be the next Cardinals coach?
Mozeliak confirmed that there are already at least a few names in mind. “There are some internal candidates that we have confidence in,” he said in response to a question from Sporting News. “Could you move quickly? Yeah, but we want to take a few days to step back, catch our breath, and then take a look at what it looks like. “
When trying to evaluate potential replacements, it is important to look at candidates with the understanding that the front office had philosophical differences with someone who had been with the organization since 2004, when Mozeliak hired Shildt as a scout, so maybe a guy A “strong” seasoned manager with a “my way or the road” personality might not be the best fit for what they are looking for.
With that in mind, here is a list of possible candidates.
1. Stubby Clapp, Cardinals first base coach
How is this for a tie with the Cardinals organization? His No. 10 jersey is retired by Triple-A Memphis Redbirds. yes After his playing career, which peaked at 23 games for the Cardinals in 2001, he coached in the minors for the Astros and Blue Jays before rejoining the Cardinals organization. He has been on the Major League Baseball coaching staff since 2019.
2. Oliver Marmol, Cardinals bench coach
He has been with the Cardinals since he was drafted in 2007, as a player and coach. Marmol, just 35, has been with the Major League Baseball club since 2017, and has spent the last few years as a bench coach.
3. Skip Schumaker, Padres coach
Again, the history of the Cardinals here. He went through the organization and played eight years with the Major League team, and his RBI double in Game 5 of the 2011 NLDS against Roy Halladay gave the Cardinals their only career in a 1-0 win, which was stuff of legend. . He has been the Padres coach since 2018 and was the “associate manager” for the past two years.
4. José Oquendo, Cardinals minor league squad coordinator
He is basically the royalty of the Cardinals, having been with the organization since 1985, in a variety of roles. Once upon a time, Oquendo was seen as the next great manager, whether for the Cardinals or for some other team, but he wasn’t hired for any of the jobs he interviewed for, including the Cardinals when they went with Mike Matheny. Oquendo is only 58 years old and no one knows the philosophy of the organization better than he does.