St. Louis Cardinals plan to hire bench coach Oliver Marmol, 35, as next manager, sources say

Sources confirmed that the St. Louis Cardinals will hire Oliver Marmol to be their manager.
Marmol, 35, was St. Louis' bench coach for last season. He is highly respected within the organization. Marmol was the preferred candidate from the beginning of the search and has been a part of the culture of St. Louis since 2007.

After St. Louis's loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the playoffs, Mike Shildt, the manager, was fired earlier this month. He had a 17-game winning streak, which was a record for the team.

John Mozeliak, Cardinals president of baseball operations, cited "philosophical disagreements" as the reason for Shildt being fired at that time. He refused to elaborate on the differences, stating that it was "something that popped-up recently."

Mozeliak acknowledged that Shildt was entering the last year of his contract, but said that it wasn't the only reason for the parting. After the 2019 season, Shildt had signed an extension for three years.

Mozeliak stated that all he could say was that the team felt disorganized and that they were struggling to communicate. We could have entered 2022 with him on a contract for one more year, but we decided to split up now so that we can take a fresh look at the new season.

Mozeliak refused to discuss replacements at the time of Mozeliak's dismissal but stated that there were many internal candidates. Enter Marmol. He was the Cardinals' first base coach in 2015, and then took over as the bench coach in 2019.

Mozeliak stated that 2021 was a great success, something that all of us who were part of the organisation take tremendous pride in. It's an incredible feeling to be able to go on a winning streak of 17 games and create history for your company. These decisions are not always based on the season. It's about where we want it to go.

The Cardinals made their decision on Sunday, according to The Athletic. On Monday, the team will hold a news conference at 11 AM. ET

Jesse Rogers, ESPN Staff Writer, contributed to this report.