Cardinals name Oliver Marmol, 35, as manager

The St. Louis Cardinals named Oliver Marmol as their new manager on Monday.

Marmol, 35, is the youngest active manager in Major League Baseball and, per ESPN, is younger than eight Cardinals players who appeared in a game this past season. He is the team’s youngest skipper in franchise history since a then-34-year-old Marty Marion guided the team in 1951.

Marmol had a brief minor league playing career with the Cardinals before becoming a coach with the organization in 2011. He became the big-league club’s first base coach in 2017 and was moved to bench coach before the 2019 season.

“We are extremely pleased to name Oliver ‘Oli’ Marmol as our new manager,” Cardinals chairman and CEO Bill DeWitt Jr. said. “Oli is a career member of the Cardinals organization, and someone who has built excellent working relationships with our players, coaches and staff members at all levels. We believe that he possesses strong managerial skills that will allow for the continued success of our team.”

Marmol replaces Mike Shildt, who was fired this month after three-plus seasons in the job.

St. Louis made the postseason in each of Shildt’s three full seasons as manager. In 2021, the club went 90-72 thanks to a 17-game winning streak late in the season and lost in the wild-card game. Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak cited “philosophical differences” as the reason for Shildt’s firing.

“The entire organization felt that it was important to try and maintain the success, progress and momentum that was built over the course of the 2021 season,” Mozeliak said. “We are excited to have Oli helping us to further grow that effort as we move forward. Oli has always been someone that I knew would one day become a manager, and today I am pleased to join in introducing him as the manager of the St. Louis Cardinals.”

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