Padres name Mike Shildt as their next manager
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The San Diego Padres hired former St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt to fill their own position, the team announced on Tuesday.
Shildt spent more than three years as the Cardinals’ skipper. The two parted ways after the 2021 season following St. Louis’ 90-win year. He guided the team to two 90-win seasons as the full-time manager and was the 2019 National League Manager of the Year.
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St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt watches batting practice before the National League wild-card game against the Dodgers on Oct. 6, 2021, in Los Angeles. (Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
"Mike is a proven winner as a manager at the Major League level, and he brings over two decades of experience in professional baseball to the position," said A.J. Preller, the Padres’ president of baseball operations and general manager.
"In his time here, Mike has displayed a strong baseball intellect, a passion for teaching the game, and has established relationships with players and staff at both the minor and Major League levels. We believe that Mike is the right person to lead the Padres forward in our continued pursuit of a World Series championship."
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Mike Shildt of the Padres before the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at PETCO Park on Aug. 17, 2023, in San Diego. (Orlando Ramirez/Getty Images)
Shildt replaces Bob Melvin, who left for the San Francisco Giants earlier in the offseason. Melvin had a year left on his contract but a fractured relationship with Preller