The St. Louis Cardinals plan to announce Monday that bench coach Oliver Marmol will be promoted to replace fired manager Mike Shildt, according to a person familiar with the decision.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday night because the team had not disclosed the hiring ad.
The Cardinals fired Shildt, former National League Coach of the Year, over organizational disputes on Oct. 14, a week after St. Louis lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers on a home run in the game with joker. Athletic first reported on Sunday night that Marmol would be featured the next morning.
Marmol, 35, played in the Cardinals’ minor league system from 2007-2010, then stayed with the organization in 2011 as the batting coach for his rookie-level Gulf Coast League team. He coached and managed in the minors until 2017 when he joined the major league staff as a first base coach.
He was promoted to bench coach in 2019 and remained in the role this season, when the Cardinals broke a franchise record of 17 straight wins to reach the playoffs.
President of the Cardinals John Mozeliak said at the time that the dismissal of 53-year-old Shildt was “something that came to light recently,” but declined to expand on what he called the “differences. philosophical “between Shildt, the coaching staff and the front office.
“All I can say is where we thought the team was going, we were struggling to be on the same page,” said Mozeliak. “With he had one year left on his contract, we could have gone into 2022 with that on him and we just decided internally it would be better to go our separate ways now and take a new look as we go. let’s head into a new season. “
Shildt’s record of 255-199 gave him a higher winning percentage than such luminaries as Branch Rickey and Tony La Russa.
“I think Mo put it right: it’s based on differences between Mo and his band and the manager, and you know, it has nothing to do with this year,” DeWitt said. “I appreciate the continuity, but I appreciate the continuity if we keep moving in the right direction. It’s a decision that everyone agreed to and that’s kind of how it happened.
AP Baseball writer Jake Seiner contributed to this report.
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