ASHEVILLE (August 29, 2018) – After a gradual 14-year ascent through the St. Louis Cardinals’ organization, Mike Shildt’s most recent promotion came in just 45 days.
On Tuesday, the St. Louis Cardinals dropped the “interim” label from Shildt’s job title and made him the full-time manager of the team. The former UNCA Bulldog took over the job one game prior to the All-Star break in July. Since then, the Cardinals’ have bypassed seven teams in the wildcard hunt, won nine consecutive series, and have more victories than any team in baseball in the month of August (20). After last night’s win over Pittsburgh, the Cardinals are 27-12 under their new skipper.
“This is not something I take lightly,” said Shildt at a Tuesday press conference. “I’m very grateful for my family. I grew up in a clubhouse around baseball. I got my ABCs of baseball at an early age…I have been given a lot of credit for what’s happened in the past six weeks. I appreciate it, but cannot accept it.” Shildt instead credited his players with the surge.
Although a North Carolina native, Shildt grew up around the Baltimore Orioles’ organization. His father proposed to his mother at an Orioles’ game, and his mother later worked as an office assistant with the team’s Double-AA affiliate at the time, the Charlotte Orioles. Shildt’s first job with the Baltimore organization was earning $5 a game chasing down foul balls.