The Search for the Next Cardinal Manager
What happens during the rest of the Cardinals 2018 season will likely impact whether Mike Schildt will get the manager’s job on a permanent basis. I think its telling the Cardinals front office named Schildt as the interim manager for the rest of the season. DeWitt, Mozeliak, and Gersh will be taking a long look at the former bench coach.
Nevertheless, the St. Louis Cardinals would be remiss if they didn’t take a look at other options. I believe they will and several names will be mentioned in the media between now and the end of the season.
During our last Redbird Rants podcast, we discussed several options the Cardinals could pursue. Among the names mentioned other than Schildt was Joe Girardi, Torii Hunter, Jim Edmonds, Stubby Clapp, and Mark McGuire.
I hope the Cardinals will take this opportunity to look outside the organization and see what is available. One name I would like for them to contact is the current Cleveland Indians Manager, Terry Francona. Francona was a ‘second place’ finisher to Mike Matheny in 2011 and was hired by the Indians after the 2012 season.
A fresh voice coming into the St. Louis Cardinals franchise, may be what this organization needs to put some life into it. I’m not endorsing Francona as the only option. I wouldn’t be opposed to Mike Schildt, if he turns this team around and they make a strong run in the post season.
I also believe by not naming Jose Oquendo as interim manager is also telling. It would appear Oquendo will not be an option as the new Cardinal manager, since he did not get the interim job. The only person I think that would have a chance inside the organization, other than Mike Schildt, for the manager’s job would be Stubby Clapp.