Parents find new leader after surprising farewell to the previous one

SAN DIEGO.- Mike Shildt He was hired as the new manager of the San Diego Padres and will once again lead a team of the Big leagues after his sudden dismissal by the St. Louis Cardinals after leading them to a third consecutive postseason.

The Parents announced Tuesday that Shildt received a two-year contract.

Shildt replaces Bob Melvinwho left on October 25 to lead the San Francisco Giants when he still had one year left on his contract with the Parents. This ended a tense two-year relationship with the general manager AJ Preller.

Shildt won the award for Manager of the Year of the National League in 2019 with the Cardinals. Take the reins of a team that spends heavily and that disappointed in 2023, the year after reaching the Championship Series of the National. His payroll was $258 million at the start of the season, the third highest in the majors.

Experience with Parents:

He had been serving as an advisor in the player training department with the Parents from 2022. His ties to the franchise’s best prospects should help him lead a roster of Big leagues that has the stars Fernando Tatis Jr., Juan Soto, Manny Machado and Xander Bogaerts.

Shildt served as third base coach at the start of the 2023 season after Matt Williams underwent surgery for colon cancer. He also served as third base, first base and bench coach in the 2022 season due to several medical emergencies.

He will be San Diego’s third manager in four seasons and the fifth permanent manager under Preller since midseason in 2015. Preller’s teams have never won a division title and Melvin has been the only manager who was able to string together seasons with a positive record under the general manager.

Preller and Melvin said they could get along well next year. But when the Giants asked permission to interview Melvin, the Parents they accepted. Melvin was quick to accept the offer from his hometown team.

Long haul:

Shildt started as a scout for the Cardinals In 2003, he continued in training roles and began to rise through the minor league system. He was hired as interim manager in August 2018 and confirmed as permanent for the following season. The Cardinals They won 91 games that season, with Shildt being proclaimed Manager of the Year. They advanced to the championship series of the National Leaguebeing swept away by the Nationals.

In 2021, the Cardinals set a franchise record by winning 17 games in a row, but were eliminated by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the wild card game when they were left lying on the field for a home run. A week later, he was fired so the president of the red birds, John Mozeliak, He described them as “philosophical differences” between Schildt, the coaches and the managers.