The St. Louis Cardinals have extended the contract of John Mozeliak through the end of the 2018 season. Mozeliak is only the 12th general manager in club history, much thanks to the 1919-42 reign of Hall of Fame executive Branch Rickey.
Mozeliak, 45, has been the Cardinals general manager since 2008 when he took over from Walt Jocketty. While the 2014 season is Mozeliak’s 7th season as GM, he has worked in the front office for 19 years now having served as both the assistant scouting director and scouting director. While serving as GM, the Cardinals have advanced to the postseason four times, won the World Series in 2011, and the National League Championship in 2013.
In this same time, Baseball America has named the Cardinals as the Organization of the Year in both 2011 and 2013 for their successes in both scouting and player development.
“Over the last six seasons Mo has done an outstanding job leading our baseball operations,” Cardinals Chairman Bill DeWitt, Jr. said in a statement. “By extending Mo’s contract with the club, we look forward to continuing our approach which emphasizes excellence at the Major League level, supported by a strong player procurement and player development program.”
Named by MLB.com in 2011 as the Executive of the Year, Mozeliak has been crucial to the team in signing core players such as Matt Holliday, Yadier Molina, Adam Wainwright, Allen Craig, and Matt Carpenter to long-term agreements with the Cardinals.
“I am fortunate to work with one of the true leaders in our game today,” Mozeliak said in a statement. “Bill DeWitt is a visionary leader who has overseen one of the most successful periods in our storied history. I look forward to continuing my relationship with this great franchise as we try to bring another championship to our fans and city.”