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The St. Louis Cardinals made the news official this Monday that the young Dominican Oliver Mármol will be his new manager for the 2022 MLB season, this after surprisingly firing Mike Shildt after the end of the 2021 campaign.
The 35-year-old Marmol had served as a bench coach with the Cardinals for the past three seasons, precisely as Shildt’s right-hand man.
“I always had the idea that Oli would become a major league manager. in a moment. What I didn’t think was it would be in 2022, “said John Mozeliak, the president of baseball operations for the St. Louis team.
The Caribbean will be the youngest leader of Las Mayores for next year, in turn, He will be the youngest of the Cardinals since Marty Marion, who was 34 when he coached in 1951.
Mármol was born in Florida, however his parents are Dominican and he lived for several years in the Dominican Republic, this will make him the second Latin American pilot in the history of San Luis, remembering that the Cuban Mike González directed the red birds between 1938 and 1940.
“In the neighborhoods we grew up, these are not opportunities that are presented to the majority,” said the now young leader. “That they could identify someone (Latino) in a leadership position, especially for a successful franchise, one with the history that the St. Louis Cardinals have, is extremely significant.”
Marmol was selected by St. Louis in the sixth round of the 2007 Draft from the College of Charleston. But his playing career bogged down at the Class A branch in Palm Beach.
After serving as an instructor and manager in the minor leagues, Mármol joined the Major League Baseball coaching staff in 2017 as a first base coach.
After serving two seasons in that position, for 2019 he was promoted to bench coach and held the position this season, in which the Cardinals broke a franchise record of 17 straight wins that allowed them to reach the postseason with the second wild card. of the National League.
“He’s the right person for this job,” Mozeliak said.
The Cardinals made the playoffs after hitting a 17-game winning streak in September, but they lost 3-1 to the Los Angeles Dodgers with a home run in the final at-bat of the wild-card game at Dodger Stadium.
Upon returning from Los Angeles, Mozeliak had not contemplated a pilot change.
But Schildt, 53, was fired on October 14 for what Mozeliak described as “philosophical differences.” between Shildt, the coaches and the team executives.
Marble indicated that has maintained communication with team leaders such as Puerto Rican receiver Yadier Molina, starting pitcher Adam Wainwright and infielders Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt.
“It is no secret that our ultimate goal will be none other than reaching the championship for the franchise,” added Mármol.
Marmol’s arrival as Cardinals driver occupies the position of Latin American managers in the Major Leagues that his compatriot Luis Rojas left vacant, fired at the end of the season by the New York Mets.
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MLB: Young Dominican will be the new manager of the San Luis Cardinals