Evaluating the 4 strongest St. Louis Cardinals managerial candidates

Mike Shildt (8) out of the game during the ninth inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Mike Shildt (8) out of the game during the ninth inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports /
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Oliver Marmol #37 of the St. Louis Cardinals poses for a portrait at Roger Dean Stadium on February 20, 2018 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Oliver Marmol #37 of the St. Louis Cardinals poses for a portrait at Roger Dean Stadium on February 20, 2018 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) /

Oliver Marmol

If anyone on the current Cardinals coaching staff looks like they have been groomed to be a skipper, it’s Marmol.

Since being drafted by the Cardinals in 2007, Oliver Marmol has spent his career with the organization. First as player, then a minor league hitting coach, next as the manager of the Johnson City Cardinals, and later the Palm Beach Cardinals.

He was promoted to the major-league club to become the first base coach in 2017 and by 2019, was the bench coach. The 35-year old Marmol has coached and managed young prospects such as Jack Flaherty, Dakota Hudson and Alex Reyes during their early years.

If Marmol was picked to be the next manager, it might make the transition from the poplar Mike Shildt easier for the players. Marmol is thought to be highly respected in the Cardinals clubhouse.

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