St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt.

(Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports)

Cardinals Reward Mike Shildt With Manager Contract Through 2020 Season

The Cardinals are expected to make the formal announcement before Tuesday's game at Busch Stadium.

August 28, 2018 - 2:42 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX/Cardinals) - The St. Louis Cardinals are dropping the "interim" tag from Mike Shildt's title with the Cardinals. He has signed a contract to keep him as field manager of the Cardinals through the end of the 2020 season.

The Cardinals held a press conference to make the announcement, Tuesday afternoon. 

Shildt won his first game as interim manager on July 15, and helped St. Louis to a 26-12 record – the most wins amongst all Major League teams during that time period - since the firing of former manager Mike Matheny.

Related story: Mike Shildt Tells the Story of His First Encounter With Tony La Russa

“We are pleased to name Mike Shildt as the St. Louis Cardinals manager,” stated Cardinals’ Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Bill DeWitt, Jr. “Mike is a veteran member of the Cardinals organization who has demonstrated strong leadership and coaching traits, formed by his many years of experience in the game, including his 15 years in the Cardinals system.  The team’s focused, high-level style of play under Mike is a standard that his teams consistently displayed during his prior years in the minors, and it has continued here at the Major League level.”

“Mike Shildt has made many stops throughout the Cardinals organization, and today he achieves another position – Manager of the St. Louis Cardinals,” stated Cardinals’ President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak.  “Over the past 15 years, Mike has been mentored by many great baseball men including George Kissell, Tony La Russa and Mark DeJohn.  Now he has an opportunity to share his insights throughout the entire organization.”

Since Shildt took over the helm, St. Louis has surged into the playoff picture, from third place in the NL Central and 7.5 games behind the Chicago Cubs, to the top NL Wild Card spot and as close at 2.5 games behind Chicago.

Shildt, 50, has been a member of the Cardinals organization since 2004 and had served on the team’s Major League coaching staff the past two (2017-18) seasons.  The North Carolina native managed for eight seasons in the Cardinals farm system where his clubs won league championships in 2010 and 2011 with Johnson City of the rookie Appalachian League and in 2012 with Springfield of the Texas League (AA).  Prior to taking the Cardinals reins in July, Shildt had most recently managed in 2016 with Memphis of the Pacific Coast League (AAA).

Shildt became the 50th manager in franchise history when he was named to the interim position last month.