ST. LOUIS, Mo–The St. Louis Cardinals made it official Tuesday afternoon.
Cards chairman Bill DeWitt Junior removed the interim title and handed the St. Louis reigns to Mike Shildt.
The former Springfield Cardinals skipper signed a contract to manage the team through the 2020 campaign.
He won minor league titles in Springfield and Memphis.
And as the interim boss, his St. Louis Cardinals have a 26-12 record, the best in the National League.
Shildt becomes the 50th Cardinals manager, but the first to have never play a game professionally.
But that doesn’t bother anyone.
“I mean he’s the manager. He’s not playing. But he understands the game. He grew up in the game. He managed in the minor leagues. And it shows. In our view he’s done an excellent job,” said DeWitt.
“I’ve never thought about it in a sense of play or not play. I don’t carry that. I carry a daily concern, preparation, love for the player. I have to earn their trust and respect every day,” said Shildt.