Cardinals name Shildt full-time manager
The St Louis Cardinals have dropped the interim label on Mike Shildt, making him the team's full-time manager.
His new contract runs through the 2020 season, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
In a little over a month since replacing the fired Mike Matheny, Shildt, 50, has led the Cardinals back into the postseason race.
The Cardinals have gone 26-12 during that time and leapfrogged seven other teams to move to the top of the National League wildcard standings.
“Mike Shildt has made many stops throughout the #STLCards organization, and today he achieves another position – Manager of the St. Louis Cardinals,” - Cardinals’ President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak. pic.twitter.com/FUM1Z3hPc7— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) August 28, 2018
"He deserves a lot of credit because he’s putting players in positions to succeed. It's worked," Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt said.
"I'm not being critical of the prior regime because they've been here a number of years. We said at the time a fresh voice can inject new life into a club and that's what has happened in my view."
The Cardinals fired manager Matheny and hitting coaches John Mabry and Bill Mueller on July 14. They were 47-46 at the time.