St. Louis Cardinals third base coach Jose Oquendo

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Who Will Be The Cardinals Next Manager? Here Are 9 Options

After Mike Matheny has been relieved as St. Louis' manager, we look at the possible replacments.

July 15, 2018 - 12:17 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The St. Louis Cardinals are seven games out of first place in the NL Central and four out of an NL Wild Card, which is by no means unreachable with a half-season of baseball remaining. After St. Louis dismissed manager Mike Matheny and hitting coaches John Mabry and Bill Mueller, we look at the possible long-term options for the Cardinals (in no particular order): 

Related story: Bill DeWitt Jr. Explains The Cardinals Decision to Fire Mike Matheny

Mike Shildt

St. Louis Cardinals bench coach Mike Shildt
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The 49-year-old has been a member of the Cardinals organization since 2004 and has served on the team’s Major League coaching staff the past two (2017-18) seasons. He has been named the interim manager for the time being, but could become the best option if St. Louis can't attract a big-name coach by the start of next season. 

Jose Oquendo

Can the Secret Weapon also play manager? The 55-year-old former infielder may be the players' choice, as he has often received the praises of practically all of St. Louis' infield position players, including Yadier Molina, Kolten Wong, Paul DeJong and Jose Martinez.

Carlos Beltran

Houston Astros former player Carlos Beltran
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The former slugger for the Cardinals, New York Yankees, New York Mets and Houston Astros was among the finalists for the Yankees' manager spot, this season. He took the 2018 season off, but the nine-time All-Star could be back on a managerial short list soon.  

Joe Girardi 

New York Yankees manager Joe Giradi
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The Peoria, Illinois native will be among the most-likely of outside hires. He was a catcher for St. Louis in his final season as a player in 2003, before beginning a managerial career in 2006 with the Florida Marlins. After one season there, he managed the Yankees for 10 seasons, winning the 2009 World Series championship.

Mark McGwire

Aug 24, 2017; St. Louis, MO, USA; San Diego Padres bench coach Mark McGwire (25) walks back to the dugout prior to a game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.
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We've seen Big Mac back in St. Louis a lot lately, as he's the current bench coach of the San Diego Padres and each time he seems to receive a bigger ovation from the fans. McGwire was the Cardinals hitting coach between 2009-2012, then moved the Dodgers in 2013 and San Diego after. 

Stubby Clapp

Memphis Redbirds manager Stubby Clapp throws batting practice.
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Last year, he was named the Minor League Baseball Manager of the Year, after leading the Memphis Redbirds to a league championship in his first season at the helm. And with the best record in the Pacific Coast League again this year, they could be repeat champions. 

Terry Pendleton

Atlanta Braves bench coach Terry Pendleton
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The former St. Louis and Atlanta Braves third baseman was let go as bench coach of the Braves after th 2017 season. He has been on the shortlist of recent MLB managerial jobs inlcuding Atlanta in 2011, Washington Nationals in 2006 and St. Louis in 2012, after Tony La Russa ended his managing career with the Cardinals.  

Willie McGee

St. Louis Cardinals coach Willie McGee with center fielder Tommy Pham
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Similar to Oquendo, he's a guy who almost every current Cardinals player would get behind – not to mention he's an all-time fan favorite. McGee returned to the MLB dugout full-time this season, after working as a minor-league instructor for the Cardinals in recent years. 

Joe McEwing

Chicago White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier (right) celebrates his two run home run with third base coach Joe McEwing
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Famouly known by St. Louis fans for his "Little Mac Land," McEwing is the current bench coach for the Chicago White Sox. He played just two seasons in St. Louis in the late 1990s, but did set a new record for the longest errorless games by a MLB outfielder (230 games) during that time.