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Cards to hire Marmol as manager, per reports

The St. Louis Cardinals are hiring bench coach Oliver Marmol as their new manager, per multiple reports

2021 St. Louis Cardinals Photo Day Photo by Mary DeCicco/MLB Photos via Getty Images

MLB Rumors: Oliver Marmol is the new manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, per multiple reports. Marmol, the bench coach for the now-fired Mike Shildt since 2019, will reportedly be introduced as the new manager at a press conference on Monday.

St. Louis fired Shildt on October 14, a move that shocked those around baseball. Shildt had replaced Mike Matheny during the 2018 season, and made the playoffs each of the last three seasons, accumulating a 252-199 record at the Cardinals helm. General manager John Mozeliak said at the time that the firing was due to “philosophical differences.”

Marmol will, at age 35, be the youngest manager in the majors. He was seen as a potential future managerial candidate, and it may be that part of the motivation behind the sudden decision to let Shildt go was to avoid having another team possibly grab Marmol as their manager this offseason.