St. Louis Cardinals: Mike Matheny becomes a grandfather

Feb 17, 2017; Jupiter, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny (22) laughs during spring training drills at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 17, 2017; Jupiter, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny (22) laughs during spring training drills at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports /
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St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny welcomed his first grandson, Ryker James into the world on Tuesday, June 13.

It was a happy occasion for St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny on the morning of a long day of baseball, with the double-header against the Milwaukee Brewers later in the day as he welcomes his first grandson into the world.

Cardinal Nation has something we can all feel happy for and with the skipper, regardless of how we may or may not feel about his managerial talent.

I think we can all agree that it is good that Ryker was not born during the recent seven game skid suffered by the St. Louis Cardinals.

The grandson is born to one of Matheny’s four sons, Tate Matheny and his wife Margaret.  Mike Matheny also has one daughter to go along with his four boys.

Some may recognize Tate Matheny from the 2015 MLB Draft.  Tate was taken by the Boston Red Sox in the fourth round that year out of Missouri State University.  He did sign and is currently playing right field for the advanced-A-affiliate Salem Red Sox.

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Considering Ryker was just born it may be a little early to speculate, but there is certainly a bloodline to play professional baseball.  Of course, Mike was a catcher who had a career .239 batting average over a 12-year career (1994-2006).  Then, in 2012, he took over his current role leading the St. Louis Cardinals.

With all the speculation of Mike Matheny being on the hot seat, this is some happy news for him and his family.  It is a nice getaway from the struggles his team is experiencing this season.  Though the team is right in the hunt for the lead of the National League Central, they carry a sub-.500 record.

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So, from all (or at least most) of us here at Redbird Rants, congratulations to Mike Matheny and his family for adding one a new member!