Cardinals Name Mike Matheny Manager

8:09pm: Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch tweets that Matheny received a two-year deal with a club option for 2014.

5:11pm: The Cardinals have named former big league catcher Mike Matheny as their new manager, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports (Twitter link). The Cardinals will hold a press conference tomorrow morning to officially announce the move.

Matheny, 41, doesn't have managerial experience but is no stranger to the game. His Major League career spanned 13 seasons, including five with the Cardinals from 2000-2004. Several candidates interviewed for the job, with former Red Sox manager Terry Francona presenting Matheny's most notable competition. Others included Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg and Cardinals third base coach Jose Oquendo.

The move figures to be a popular one for many in the organization, as SI.com's Jon Heyman tweets that the Cardinals players and pitching coach Dave Duncan "love Matheny" and that they view him as the "ultimate leader." That likely includes pending free agent Albert Pujols, who has "a ton of respect" for Matheny, according to this tweet from Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. It will be interesting to see what kind of impact, if any, this decision has on Pujols' decision. Earlier in the month, former teammate David Eckstein told Morosi he thought Pujols would stay in St. Louis if Oquendo got the managerial nod.


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144 Comments on "Cardinals Name Mike Matheny Manager"


Andy_B
3 years 9 months ago

I wonder why the team passed on Ocquendo, going into this process it just seemed like a lock.

3 years 9 months ago

Rumor was they felt he was too much of a friend with some of the players.  They hired Matheny because they felt he would lead everyone and not let personal relationships get in the way.

3 years 9 months ago

Rumor was they felt he was too much of a friend with some of the players.  They hired Matheny because they felt he would lead everyone and not let personal relationships get in the way.

Manny Hernandez
3 years 9 months ago

interesting…. I thought they would chose Francona

Andy_B
3 years 9 months ago

Cardinals top consideration  is leadership, giving the stories coming out of Boston about the September collapse, I think the cardinals had legitimate concerns about his personal issues.

John W
3 years 9 months ago

If you have been following Francona news he has said he really wants the Cubs job !

WrigleyTerror37
3 years 9 months ago

PASS!!!! 

Andy_B
3 years 9 months ago

a few days before that news came out, the reports were that he really wanted the cards job.  When the story about him and the cubs came out, it confirmed what seemed apparent from Francona’s quotes after his interview with the cardinals, that the interview didn’t go well.

The_BiRDS
3 years 9 months ago

Thats because Francona was drinking beer during the interview. 

sam_lammert
3 years 9 months ago

i love it!

Joey E
3 years 9 months ago

um, ok?

55saveslives
3 years 9 months ago

He was a great Giant for what little time we had him!

TartanElk
3 years 9 months ago

It would seem to me that Matheny =/= Oquendo.

When should we expect the “Marlins Sign Pujols” article?

sam_lammert
3 years 9 months ago

right after we see the “hell freezes over” article

catch21_2
3 years 9 months ago

post of the month

sam_lammert
3 years 9 months ago

thank you

Guest
3 years 8 months ago

At the time, this comment could have just as easily been addressed to someone saying that about the Angels… but no one was even suggesting that idea at the time anyway.

Andy_B
3 years 9 months ago

Ocquendo was quoted as saying that he wanted to stay on regardless as to whether he was promoted or not.

And if the reports on rotoworld are correct Reyes is a Marllin.

philliesfan136
3 years 9 months ago

They are wrong.

Andy_B
3 years 9 months ago

yah you’re right I see that the story has been retracted

TartanElk
3 years 9 months ago

(NULL)

See, I can do it too.

The_BiRDS
3 years 9 months ago

(iphone error)

But the (null) joke is over.

Gunner65
3 years 9 months ago

Just curious … has he ever managed before?

TartanElk
3 years 9 months ago

YAYYYYYYYYYYYY! YOU’RE PROBABLY GONNA GET IN TROUBLE FOR THAT!

The_BiRDS
3 years 9 months ago

Yep.. haha

Pete
3 years 9 months ago

The_BiRDS 1 day ago
“Just like the Marlins questionable uniforms leaked, the new manager for St. Louis has leaked as well.. Looks like Jose Oquendo got offered the position and Mike Matheny was offered the assistant manager role. Press conference scheduled for Monday. Looks like Albert might have got his boy in STL. Just hope Ecksteins comments were right.”

You were saying? Hope you learned your lesson…

amccoy12
3 years 9 months ago

I knew I read that somewhere and couldn’t remember where.  Thank you for doing the dirty work.  There goes another poster on here with an inside “source”.

The_BiRDS
3 years 9 months ago

PETE LIKES THIS!

The_BiRDS
3 years 9 months ago

And that exactly why I didnt feel the need to explain myself to you guys… Comments removed everywhere. 

The_BiRDS
3 years 9 months ago

And that exactly why I didnt feel the need to explain myself to you guys… Comments removed everywhere. 

tacko
3 years 9 months ago

Pujols just became that much more expensive if the Cardinals want to resign him.

junior1
3 years 9 months ago

Pujols is going to cost the same no matter who the manager is.

Stl_Great
3 years 9 months ago

Care to explain?

commenter3346
3 years 9 months ago

It was rumored that he wanted Oquendo to get the job. 

junior1
3 years 9 months ago

Key word there is rumored.

Lunchbox45
3 years 9 months ago

are you calling eckstein a liar?

junior1
3 years 9 months ago

Eckstein knows as much you and I know.  He’s not a guy who is around the Cardinals everyday.

sam_lammert
3 years 9 months ago

i feel like it was supposed to be a joke..

The_BiRDS
3 years 9 months ago

It was rumored that he wanted money.. Cardinals have the largest offer at the moment.. it was rumored he wanted to win.. Cardinals was the World Series in a fashion that will never happen again. 

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 9 months ago

How do you know what the Marlins offered him…? Unless you moonlight in a club in Miami.

It’s the largest offer because nobody else is bidding on him at the moment. How much farther can they actually increase their offer if it comes down to that?

The_BiRDS
3 years 9 months ago

Because earlier it said that the Marlins offer was a joke

3 years 9 months ago

 Quote your source saying ” a joke “.

The_BiRDS
3 years 9 months ago

Because earlier it said that the Marlins offer was a joke

vtadave
3 years 9 months ago

No, he would prefer to throw out dumb comments without explaining.

tacko
3 years 9 months ago

There was speculation that Pujols would lean towards resigning if Oquendo came back. David Eckstein also speculated the same thing after the WS.

junior1
3 years 9 months ago

Like you said speculation.  Just like it’s speculation that Pujols would cost more because Oquendo wasn’t named manager.  We can throw speculation out all day long.  It doesn’t mean it’s true.

tacko
3 years 9 months ago

mlbtradeFACTS?

This is a speculation-based website. If the site’s comment were to only have cold hard facts and no room for opinion and speculation, there wouldn’t be much going on.

Pujols might not be a Cardinal next season. Get over it.

junior1
3 years 9 months ago

I’m just saying that hiring MM will not make it less likely that Pujols returns.  If he wants to return he will.  If he doesn’t then we won’t.  It has nothing to do with Oquendo or MM. 

Andy_B
3 years 9 months ago

Pujols has a lot of respect for Matheny.  

The_BiRDS
3 years 9 months ago

Pujols likes Matheny.. Im sure the club took that into consideration. Apparently they go to church together .. if anything this should help the Pujols Decision 2011.

3 years 9 months ago

Pujols’s ministry is in Miami…maybe Loria is a member..therefore they go to “church” together too… ???

3 years 9 months ago

Pujols’s ministry is in Miami…maybe Loria is a member..therefore they go to “church” together too… ???

Guest
3 years 9 months ago

He played with Matheny… maybe he prefers him.

3 years 9 months ago

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

Gravitas .  Great baseball man

Rabbitov
3 years 9 months ago

Catchers just love being managers. 

Lunchbox45
3 years 9 months ago

and tv guys. 

Blue387
3 years 9 months ago

I admire catchers. They have to analyze batters, set up a defense and survive against collisions and foul tips, among other things. They have to work with pitchers in calling games, calming them down in a jam and framing pitches. Many catchers have gone on to manage, like Yogi Berra, Joe Torre, Mike Scioscia, Joe Maddon and others.

3 years 9 months ago

joe girardi as well, o but hes a yankee so who gives a sh** haha #cardinalnation #worldchamps

Andy_B
3 years 9 months ago

Francona would have costed more money, but they could have picked Ocquendo, Sandberg, or Maloney for about the same price.  The reports are that they just liked his leadership ability the best.

3 years 9 months ago

Cardinals hire a guy who’s never managed and retired because he had suffered too much head trauma, and I bet he still knows not to run a guy in front of Pujols. 

3 years 9 months ago

Bet he don’t win like the guy who had guys running in front of Albert.

3 years 9 months ago

Well, yes, you take the guy near the top of the all-time win leaderboard over the field. Not a bold prediction. But Matheny also won’t be handed McGwire and Canseco or a 20-year old Albert Pujols.

3 years 9 months ago

He has inherited the World Series Champions…. Does not get any better than that.

3 years 9 months ago

World Series champions with a best player in his 30s who might leave, an aging best pitcher whose arm could fall off at any time, and a second best pitcher who just missed a whole year due to an injury. Plus the expectations of a decade of winning. I’d rather be handed a 20-year old Pujols than be handed an aging team that just won.

3 years 9 months ago

you have already made excuses for a failure …

3 years 9 months ago

Reasons, not excuses. Pujols leaving. Holliday and Carpenter declining. Wainwright not returning to form. These are all very realistic things that could happen in the next couple of years that would torpedo that team and in no way be the manager’s fault. Of course, I don’t think it helps the team’s cause to hire someone who’s never managed at any level.

3 years 9 months ago

Cardinals will be good for years to come…. Nice balance of young talent & seasoned veterans. I don’t understand hiring Matheny. Does not mean I am right.

3 years 9 months ago

I guess I’m not as optimistic as you are. That team leans very heavily on elite talent that’s on the wrong side of 30. Their relief arms are nice, and their top three or four prospects are exciting, but if Pujols leaves, it could get ugly. 

3 years 9 months ago

You just put more weight on Albert than I do. They will win the division even if Albert leaves. Probably not much after that.

3 years 9 months ago

I guess I’m not as optimistic as you are. That team leans very heavily on elite talent that’s on the wrong side of 30. Their relief arms are nice, and their top three or four prospects are exciting, but if Pujols leaves, it could get ugly. 

3 years 9 months ago

Cardinals will be good for years to come…. Nice balance of young talent & seasoned veterans. I don’t understand hiring Matheny. Does not mean I am right.

3 years 9 months ago

Reasons, not excuses. Pujols leaving. Holliday and Carpenter declining. Wainwright not returning to form. These are all very realistic things that could happen in the next couple of years that would torpedo that team and in no way be the manager’s fault. Of course, I don’t think it helps the team’s cause to hire someone who’s never managed at any level.

3 years 9 months ago

aging? yadi 29, craig-27, freese-28, salas-26, sanchez-22, waino-29, motte-28, scrabble-26, lynn-24, jamie-25 miller-21. pujols cant put up pujols numbers in his 30’s so hes not worth 30 mill +

3 years 9 months ago

How many of those guys are contender-caliber core players? Craig and Freese are nice role players. Nice bullpen arms are only that. Garcia and Wainwright are exceptions, but one just missed a full season with an injury. I love Miller, but let’s see him actually establish himself in the majors before we anoint him. And there’s a ton of money tied up in Holliday and, if he signs, Pujols. And very few hitters play as well in their 30s as they do in their mid to late 20s. 

3 years 9 months ago

they are gonna suck because this is brewers house not some squaky birds 

3 years 9 months ago

The Brewers only won the central when they had Fielder and St. Louis didn’t have Wainwright. I don’t root for either team. I’m just saying.

junior1
3 years 9 months ago

Wasn’t 2011 supposed to be the Brewers year?  The World Champion Cardinals kind of ruined that for you, didn’t they?

brstreet9
3 years 9 months ago

Nyjer, is that you?

The_BiRDS
3 years 9 months ago

Nyger Tweet

“Hope the crying birds enjoy watching us in the playoffs”

ohhhhh.. that never gets old.

3 years 9 months ago

(remembers the Gaby Sanchez clothesline on Morgan and smiles) =)

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
3 years 9 months ago

Who’s Nyjer. I’m pretty sure that’s Tony.

Stl_Great
3 years 9 months ago

Pretty sure you have no room to talk after last season, IN FACT, why are you saying this knowing the Cardinals are the World Champions…

Andy_B
3 years 9 months ago

double post

Andy_B
3 years 9 months ago

double post

walrusgod
3 years 9 months ago

Although I’m a little surprised by the move, none of us were sitting in on the interviews, so although we can nitpick the move, we don’t know what happened.  The Cards had repeatedly said they wanted a “good leader,” and that managerial experience was not a requirement.  I personally think that the Red Sox organization’s character assassination attempt on Francona has been overblown, but it’s definitely possible that it played into our decision not to hire Francona.  

It’s also interesting that people think that Pujols would only stay if Oquendo was promoted. Although there have been quotes saying he would “definitely” stay if Oquendo was the manager, none of them said he wouldn’t return if he wasn’t hired.  We’ll just have to see how the rest of things play out, although it’s very good that Duncan likes the hiring.  Dave Duncan has been an important part of recent Cardinals success, and we’ll want to keep him around for as long as he’s willing to stay around.

The_BiRDS
3 years 9 months ago

Ya Eckstein should have never said anything.. I would think his comment would have gone against Oquendos chances

3 years 9 months ago

So much for your ‘source’.

3 years 9 months ago

now you know why they said that the guy didn’t need managerial experience… because Mo wanted Matheny before the interviews ever occurred.  It was pretty much set in stone who he wanted, and the only way he doesn’t hire Matheny is if ownership blocks him.  

Kevin Hamilton
3 years 9 months ago

The reason they like him is that he is solid as a rock as a man/leader, he knows our minor league system, and he will follow the company line (as far as building a team with home-grown guys and complimenting with vets).  The entire front office wanted this guy, it would seem, and looks like Duncan was very much on board as well.    ……………….also, saying Pujols staying or going has anything to do with Oquendo is absolutely ridiculous.  He will stay here as long as we are “right there” with the other offers.  No question.

3 years 9 months ago

This is the 1st time the new owners had to hire a manager…. Different philosophy. They want total control. 

The_BiRDS
3 years 9 months ago

I like it. If he does well.. great! He will be cheap, if he is a flop they can go after Maddon next year.