Matheny Selected as New Cardinals Manager

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Posted Nov 13, 2011

Despite no coaching or managerial experience, former catcher Mike Matheny has been named to replace Tony La Russa as St. Louis Cardinals manager.

Late Sunday afternoon, the St. Louis Cardinals announced the scheduling of a press conference at 11 a.m. CT Monday at Busch Stadium to introduce Mike Matheny as the team’s new manager.

The 41-year-old had been a special assistant to general manager John Mozeliak and a catching instructor. A 13-year major league veteran and four-time Gold Glove Award winner, Matheny was a popular player with St. Louis from 2000-04.

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Matheny will be receiving a two-year deal with a club option for 2014, reports the Post-Dispatch. The identities of those who will make up his 2012 coaching staff have not yet been disclosed, but are expected to be named by the end of the week.

Pitching coach Dave Duncan is the only incumbent member under contract and is expected to return. Others include bench coach Joe Pettini, first base coach Dave McKay, third base coach Jose Oquendo, hitting coach Mark McGwire and bullpen coach Derek Lilliquist.

The six finalists for the managerial job were Matheny, Oquendo, Triple-A Memphis manager Chris Maloney, Phillies Triple-A manager Ryne Sandberg, White Sox third base coach Joe McEwing and former Boston and Philadelphia manager Terry Francona. Of the six, only Francona has managed in the majors previously.

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Matheny's predecessor, Tony La Russa, announced his retirement on October 31, the day after the 2011 World Champions parade was held in downtown St. Louis.

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