MIKE MATHENY NEWS

Cardinals Lead MLB in Youthful Manager-Bench Coach Combo

When hired to replace Hall of Famer Tony La Russa in late 2011, St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny was among the first in a new wave of Major League Baseball managerial hires – young, former players (often catchers) with minimal, if any, prior coaching experience in either the majors or minors. That once-new wave has now become the new normal. I was surprised to learn...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
4 days ago  |  Discuss

POLL: Playoffs or bust for Yankees' Joe Girardi in 2016?

Girardi is signed through 2017 Among all active managers, Yankees' skipper Joe Girardi currently owns the second-highest regular season winning percentage, a .558 mark, behind only the Cardinals' Mike Matheny (.579) in St. Louis. In eight seasons as the Yankees' manager Girardi has one World Series title (2009) followed by three consecutive...
Via NJ.com
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals land Korean relief pitcher Oh

On Monday, the St. Louis Cardinals announced their agreement with closer Seung Hwan Oh. The team and Oh came to terms on a one-year deal for the 2016 season with a club option for 2017 after the righthander successfully completed a physical in St. Louis. Rumor has it that the deal and possible team option could be worth around $5 million. The addition of Oh gives the Cardinals...
Via STLSportsMinute
January 11, 2016  |  Discuss

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #1: 100 Wins

The St. Louis Cardinals reported to 2015 spring training camp amid high expectations – both placed on them by others and by themselves. With the vast majority of the same players that won the National League Central Division the prior two seasons, the club was viewed by many as one of the favorites, along with the Nationals, Red Sox and Dodgers, to win it all. Unlike the first...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
January 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Pardon Me; Here’s Another Bout of Optimism

As much grief as I tend to give Mike Matheny during the course of the year during the middle of games when tensions are high…I would like to take a moment to praise this man. Mike Matheny had never been a head coach at any level above youth baseball before the 2012 season. Entering that year, the Cardinals lost arguably the best hitter on the planet (at the time) to free agency...
Via STLSportsMinute
December 31, 2015  |  Discuss

The Top Cards Diaspora Articles of 2015

2015 is wrapping up. I don’t look at our site analytics all that often. I know that’s a terrible ‘best practice’. I know that looking at the data could inform better editorial direction and increase traffic. But this is a hobby. People will read stuff if they want to. Or they won’t. At the end of the day, this site is something fun that I enjoy doing. So the posts that...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
December 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Cards skipper Matheny not happy with new Cub Jason Heyward

Mike Matheny knows Jason Heyward was just trying to be honest, but that doesn't mean he has to like it. The St. Louis Cardinals manager wasn't happy with his former player's comments regarding the Cards roster, which Heyward intimated was up in years. "You have Yadier (Molina) who is going to be done in two years maybe," Heyward said at his introductory new conference. "You have...
Via Fox Sports
December 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Mike Matheny Speaks Out On Jason Heyward Signing

Rick Hummel of STLToday.com got Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny to talk on record about Jason Heyward. None of the pull quotes below you’re going to find all that incendiary. In fact, what we’re seeing is the metamorphosis of a Cardinals team from  juggernaut into underdogs. But judge for yourself… Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, upon hearing Heyward’s sentiments, said...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
December 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Mike Matheny is ticked off about Jason Heyward’s reason for leaving

Jason Heyward spurned the St. Louis Cardinals for the Chicago Cubs, and naturally, Mike Matheny is not thrilled about it. The St. Louis manager took particular issue with Heyward’s reasons for leaving, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The outfielder, who signed an eight-year $184 million deal with Chicago, said last week he preferred the Cubs’ young core to the Cardinals’...
Via The Comeback
December 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Mike Matheny does not seem happy with Jason Heyward

Jason Heyward’s reasoning for picking the Cubs over the Cardinals is not going down well within the St. Louis organization. During his introductory press conference in Chicago, Heyward cited the Cubs’ young core as a major reason for going there, while at the same time noting that the Cardinals’ top players are getting older and older. “You have Yadier [Molina] who is going...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Mike Matheny Does Not Win Manager Of The Year Award

Joe Maddon of the Chicago Cubs has been named NL Manager of the Year for 2015. +++++ Here are the final standings for the NL Central division of Major League Baseball: Here is a chart where you can see that amount of WAR that that Cardinals lost in 2015 due to player injury was 15.88 points over 772 man-games lost. According to MGL, losing 15.88 man games is an “astounding”...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
November 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Cardinals' Matheny finishes second in NL manager voting

NEW YORK -- After leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 100-win season -- tops in the majors -- Mike Matheny finished second in balloting for National League Manager of the Year. Beating him out was Joe Maddon, whose Chicago Cubs knocked the Cardinals out of the playoffs. It was the third Manager of the Year award for Maddon and his first in the NL after guiding the Cubs to their...
Via AP on Fox
November 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Cardinals' Matheny finishes second in NL manager voting

NEW YORK -- After leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 100-win season -- tops in the majors -- Mike Matheny finished second in balloting for National League Manager of the Year. Beating him out was Joe Maddon, whose Chicago Cubs knocked the Cardinals out of the playoffs. It was the third Manager of the Year award for Maddon and his first in the NL after guiding the Cubs to their...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
November 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Kris Bryant, Carlos Correa are 2015 Rookies of the Year

Kris Bryant and Carlos Correa were named the 2015 Rookies of the Year in the National and American Leagues on Monday night. Bryant won the NL award unanimously, collecting all 30 first place votes. Correa collected 17 of 30 first place votes to win the AL award. Bryant hit .275/.369/.488 with 26 homers and 13 stolen bases on the season. His 26 homers were tied with Joc Pederson...
Via The Outside Corner
November 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Matheny is a finalist for NL Manager of the Year

NEW YORK -- After managing the St. Louis Cardinals to a 100-win season amid myriad injuries, Mike Matheny is one of three finalists for National League Manager of the Year, the Baseball Writers' Association of America announced Tuesday.The other candidates are 66-year-old Terry Collins of the Mets and Joe Maddon of the Cubs.First-time managers Jeff Banister of Texas and Paul Molitor...
Via AP on Fox
November 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Matheny is a finalist for NL Manager of the Year

NEW YORK -- After managing the St. Louis Cardinals to a 100-win season amid myriad injuries, Mike Matheny is one of three finalists for National League Manager of the Year, the Baseball Writers' Association of America announced Tuesday. The other candidates are 66-year-old Terry Collins of the Mets and Joe Maddon of the Cubs. First-time managers Jeff Banister of Texas and Paul Molitor...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
November 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Less Experienced Managers Getting A Shot In MLB

There are just four managers left in baseball who have at least 15 years of experience. Seven managers made their professional debuts in 2015, which was up from three just two years ago. Since 2010, 36 managers have begun their managerial careers, an average of six per season. Add two more to that list with the Seattle Mariners recent hiring of Scott Servais and the San Diego Padres...
Via The Sports Quotient
November 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Meeting the Media

Last week, after the abrupt and unseemly end of a strong season, John Mozeliak and Mike Matheny conducted a bit of a post-mortem/look-forward with the St. Louis media.  It’s a pretty regular tradition and I expect most teams do something like this, though I don’t know for sure.  Derrick Goold had a solid run down of the topics discussed and I want to go through [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
October 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Cardinals: Mike Matheny got outmanaged again

October, 2014. Mike Matheny got outmanaged by Bruce Bochy in the NLCS, especially in the bullpen usage department. Whether it was a decision to intentionally walk Brandon Belt in the first inning or allowing Randy Choate to pitch to more than one batter in Game 4. He got outdueled and in the playoffs, where games are tight, the managing can be the difference. It happened again in...
Via STLSportsMinute
October 15, 2015  |  Discuss

How Far Can Mike Matheny Take The 2016 Cardinals?

Are you a trend person? In 2013, the Cardinals lost 3 straight games and were eliminated in the World Series by the Boston Red Sox. In 2014, the Cardinals lost 3 straight games and were eliminated in the National League Championship Series by the the San Francisco Giants. In 2015, the Cardinals lost 3 straight games and were eliminated in the National League Division Series by the...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
October 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Pitching woes among reasons for Cardinals' early playoff exit

ST. LOUIS -- Pitching was the St. Louis Cardinals' strength all season. The arms failed them in the postseason. The only starter manager Mike Matheny could really trust in the NL Division Series was John Lackey, and even that didn't pan out in the elimination Game 4. "I can't get away from all the things we overcame to even get here," said ace Adam Wainwright, reduced to bullpen...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
October 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Pitching woes among reasons for Cardinals' early playoff exit

ST. LOUIS -- Pitching was the St. Louis Cardinals' strength all season. The arms failed them in the postseason. The only starter manager Mike Matheny could really trust in the NL Division Series was John Lackey, and even that didn't pan out in the elimination Game 4. "I can't get away from all the things we overcame to even get here," said ace Adam Wainwright, reduced to bullpen...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
October 14, 2015  |  Discuss

The Cat one-on-one with Mike Matheny

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Via Fox Sports Midwest
October 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Mike Matheny has no regrets

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Via Fox Sports Midwest
October 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Daily Pitcher Duels: Oct. 13

The biggest part of the postseason intrigue is possible elimination games; we have the possibility for two of them today, with two more guaranteed for Wednesday. RHP John Lackey (STL) vs. RHP Jason Hammel (CHC) 4:37 p.m. ET – TBS  Cardinals manager Mike Matheny decided Lackey had a better chance to prolong the series back to Busch Stadium over Lance Lynn, and maybe he’s right...
Via The Sports Post
October 13, 2015  |  Discuss
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