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Cardinals to Hire Mike Matheny as La Russa’s Replacement

November 13, 2011

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Nov. 13 (Bloomberg) -- The St. Louis Cardinals said former catcher Mike Matheny will succeed Tony La Russa, who retired as manager after guiding the franchise to its 11th World Series championship.

Matheny, 41, will be introduced during a news conference tomorrow in St. Louis, the Cardinals said on their website. He has no previous managerial experience.

Matheny played Major League Baseball from 1994 to 2006 and was with the Cardinals from 2000-2004. He spent this past season as a special assistant to Cardinals’ General Manager John Mozeliak and has also worked as a catching instructor for the organization. Matheny was one of six candidates interviewed to replace La Russa, who retired Oct. 31 with the third-most wins as a major-league manager.

La Russa announced his departure three days after the Cardinals won the World Series with a Game 7 victory over the Texas Rangers.

Former Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona and Cardinals third base coach Jose Oquendo were the only candidates for the role with managerial or coaching experience in the major leagues, MLB.com said.

Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg, who managed in the minor leagues for the Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies, was also interviewed along with Joe McEwing and Chris Maloney. McEwing has been coaching in the minors for the Chicago White Sox organization, while Maloney spent the past five seasons managing the Cardinals’ Triple-A team.

Matheny won three of his four Gold Glove awards for defense with the Cardinals. A career .239 hitter, he retired as a player in 2006 while he was with the San Francisco Giants because of the effects of a concussion.

--Editor: Dex McLuskey.

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at matuszewski@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net


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