Former Cardinals Manager Lands New Role

His firing came as a shock to the baseball world. The St. Louis Cardinals had just gone on an epic September run to get themselves into the post-season, but shortly thereafter, manager Mike Schildt was let go. 

Now, he's landed a part-time gig as a player development consultant with the San Diego Padres. Schildt originally interviewed for the manager's job in San Diego, but that went to former Oakland A's manager Bob Melvin. 

Schildt is also now on the payroll for MLB in their on-field operations department. 

He was nothing if not successful in St. Louis, leading the Cardinals to three straight playoff appearances, and compiled a 252-199 record as their manager. But "philosophical differences" (i.e. disagreements over the use of analytics) led to his firing after the 2021 season, about which he said he was "blindsided". The Cards went on a club-record 18-game winning streak in September to make the playoffs, before losing in the Wild Card game to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

He's set up for success in his new role in player development in San Diego, as Cardinals' beat writer Katie Woo says in The Athletic, he "was lauded by the Cardinals organization for his extensive work in the player development department."

Schildt is 53. 

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