Jon Morosi put out a tweet earlier that according to a source, St. Louis Cardinals bench coach Skip Schumaker has interviewed for the Miami Marlins managerial vacancy and is considered among the top candidates for the job.
The Marlins manager position has been held by Don Mattingly the past 7 seasons where he finished with a 437-584 record during that time. Mattingly’s only winning season with the Marlins was the Covid-shortened 2020 season where Miami went 31-29 (making the playoffs for the first time since 2003.) Mattingly won Manager of the Year that same season.
Schumaker, returned to St. Louis last season as a bench coach, after playing for the Cardinals from (2005-2012) and helping the Cards to a World Series championship in 2011. Skip was given a World Series ring from the 2006 championship team despite not appearing in the playoffs. He was a solid utility player and fan favorite over his time wearing the Birds on the Bat.
After his time in St. Louis, Skip played for the Los Angeles Dodgers (2013) & Cincinnati Reds (2014-2015).
When his playing days came to an end, Schumaker went on to become the first base coach of the San Diego Padres in 2017, and was promoted to associate manager in 2020 before being hired last November to become the bench coach for the Cardinals.
He was a great fit in St. Louis upon his return, being able to help manage former teammates Adam Wainwright, Yadier Molina & Albert Pujols, and got along great with Cardinals first year manager Oli Marmol. According to an article by Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the contract that Schumaker signed with St. Louis, would allow him to leave after one season if the fit or distance from home was not agreeable.
Skip is an Orange County native, and when asked about possible interest in managerial openings this offseason, has said that he would weigh the opportunities & proximity to home in making any of those decisions.
The Cardinals front office, manager, fellow coaching staff, players, as well as the fans, would love to have Schumaker return to St. Louis in 2023, but knowing he’s one of the more sought-after names for current/future MLB managerial openings, I’m sure we can all agree we want the best for Skip and his family and wish him luck if he does indeed take a job outside of the Cardinals organization.