The San Diego Padres have announced that Mike Shildt will be the 23rd manager in franchise history. Shildt, previously spent time managing the St. Louis Cardinals in 2018-2021 before becoming an assistant with the Padres.
The Padres had hired the 55-year-old coach, Mike Shildt in a player development role prior to the 2022 season. He then became the interim third-base coach when Matt Williams had hip surgery.
The Cardinals letting Shildt was a surprising move to everyone. It’s not like there was a bad record with the Cardinals. He won three consecutive league championships in the minors from 2010 to 2012. He also led the Cardinals to the playoffs three years in a row from 2019 to 2021 but never finished worse than third in the NL Central.
“Mike is a proven winner as a manager at the Major League level, and he brings over two decades of experience in professional baseball to the position,” president of baseball operations and general manager A.J. Preller said in a statement. “In his time here, Mike has displayed a strong baseball intellect, a passion for teaching the game, and has established relationships with players and staff at both the minor and Major League levels. We believe that Mike is the right person to lead the Padres forward in our continued pursuit of a World Series championship.”
The Padres had World Series aspirations, that wound up in a season-long tailspin. There were some bright spots, but despite a record payroll approaching $250 million and a team laden with stars, the Padres faltered. Shildt will inherit a roster that may be in transition, Ace Blake Snell, closer Josh Hader and right-handers Seth Lugo, Michael Wacha and Nick Martinez all are free agents. The team is also looking to cut payroll which could include trading Juan Soto. The roster would still feature enough star-caliber talent to make a playoff run.
The reasoning for Mike Shildt being fired in St. Louis was due to “philosophical differences.”
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