Padres Hire Former Cardinals Manager Mike Shildt For Player Development Position
Earlier this off-season, former St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt was offered and accepted a position in the MLB’s Commissioner’s office under Vice President of On-Field Operations Mike Hill.
Hill is in charge of MLB and minor league umpires as well as the head disciplinarian overseeing suspensions & fines for players & coaches.
Prior to taking that position, Shildt was rumored to be considered for the San Diego Padres managerial position, but ultimately that job was given to former Oakland A’s manager Bob Melvin.
Now it is being reported by the San Diego Padres that Shildt will join their organization in a part-time role in player development. His primary focus and responsibility will still be his role with the Commissioner’s office, and the league did give Mike permission to consult with the Padres.
Between his managerial experience in the St. Louis Cardinals organization in both minor league and major league coaching/managing roles, and now being hired for two roles within Major League Baseball, the 53-year old Mike Shildt will be gaining even more experience to add to his resume.
Shildt went 252-200 (.558) in his 4 seasons as Cardinals manager, 4-9 in the playoffs and was named NL Manager of the Year in 2019 and was also a finalist for the award last season. He was relieved of his duties due to “philosophical differences” by the front office after the season’s end.
Congrats to our former skipper on the new gig and the opportunities that may present themselves to him in the future.