Many have argued for the St. Louis Cardinals to make changes. The common target has been the manager but perhaps front office changes are needed even more.
The St. Louis Cardinals may not need to look outside of names already resting in their own system. This name has risen through the ranks from managing minor league teams, to even stepping in at the majors level as a special assistant coach when Matheny’s crew was struggling.
This man is Pop Warner (Ron Warner). Warner has served as a minor league manager having taken the Memphis Redbirds to a championship and now serves as the Assistant Field Coordinator in the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system.
His baseball pedigree would suit him just fine in the role of GM and his connection with the younger guys would also help him in swaying prospects to the St. Louis Cardinals. His rise as a player in the Cardinals system, management experience from rookie-to-AAA would allow him the knowledge necessary to find the right names for the right spots.
One final thing about Pop, he was awarded the George Kissell Award in the Cardinals system. This is one of the most prestigious awards and is well-recognized around baseball. In other words, Pop has the chops to do the job and the time has come to award him in some particular, but impressive way.