Rick Hummel is a Cardinals beat writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Cardinals skipper is the first to win such an award without having played baseball professionally.
He is first to win managing award after not having played professionally. Milwaukee's Counsell finishes close second. Washington's Martinez and Houston's Hinch, who opposed each other in World Series, both finish fifth in respective leagues.
'Lib' Shildt had worked in front office of Baltimore's Class AA franchise in Charlotte, N.C., when her young son was a clubhouse assistant. Mike Shildt is candidate for National League Manager of the Year to be announced Tuesday night.
No surprise here: Hall of Fame baseball writer Rick Hummel sets the Cardinals' chances of signing any of the Big Three (Cole, Rendon, Strasburg) at 0 to 3 percent. But what about lefty starters Bumgarner and Keuchel, or righty Odorizzi? Power-hitting 3B Moustakas? In-house candidate Ozuna?
Infielder who will be 34 soon batted .226 and spent as much time on the bench as he did in the lineup late in the season. But the Cardinals' president of baseball operations says, 'We're going to look at that as an outlier. Our expectations are for him to be a contributing member of that (batting) order.'
Between injuries, notably a broken wrist suffered in late August that knocked him out for the rest of the season, rookie outfielder Lane Thoma…
Longtime St. Louis catcher is one of 10 listed on Modern Baseball Era ballot for December election.
Free-agent outfielder Marcell Ozuna has 10 days in which to accept or reject the $17.8 million offer. In 2019, Ozuna missed 28 games to a hand injury, drove in 89 runs and hit 29 homers but batted only .243, going 12 for 100 at one stretch late in the season. Shildt is finalist for NL Manager of the Year.
After winning his first Gold Glove, Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong said: 'Probably being sent to the outfield was the lowest thing. I know I wasn’t hitting. But to literally kick me out of a position ... From that point on, it was when I realized I could be really good defensively at second base.'
Five other Cardinals were contenders — 1B Paul Goldschmidt, catcher Yadier Molina, CF Harrison Bader, starting pitcher Jack Flaherty and SS Paul DeJong. Molina was denied a 10th Gold Glove. Kolten Wong had been a runner-up himself last year.