Springfield, MO – With the recent announcement of Mike Matheny taking over as the head man in St. Louis and naming former Springfield manager Chris “Hammer” Maloney as the first basecoach, the Cardinals will now have three new managers at their top three levels within the organization.
Mike Shildt will take over the reins as Manager of the Springfield Cardinals. He is coming off of back-to-back Appalachian League (Short Season Rookie League) championships in 2010 and 2011 with the Johnson City Cardinals. In his three year stint as the skipper with the Cardinals, he amassed a .617 winning percentage going 124-77. Shildt has also been the minor league spring training coordinator since 2008.
The 43-year-old native of Matthews, North Carolina was a 1991 graduate of UNC-Asheville where he played baseball for three seasons and earned his degree in business.
Ron “Pop” Warner has been promoted to Triple-A Memphis as their new manager and holds the franchise lead in career victories with 358 during his five year tenure at the helm in Springfield.
“We are very excited to welcome Mike into the Springfield Family,” Vice President / General Manager Matt Gifford said. “The player development staff has said great things about our new manager, and we look forward to seeing him continue to guide the future of Cardinals baseball on their way to St. Louis. I would like to congratulate ‘Pop’ on his promotion to Triple-A and thank him for the last five season in Springfield. In addition, we wish ‘Hammer’ all the best in St. Louis as the Cardinals prepare to defend their 2011 World Series Championship.”
Fans will see familiar faces in the dugout as Bryan Eversgerd will return as the Springfield pitching coach, Phillip Wellman will continue to be the hitting coach and Jason Hall will again serve as the Athletic Trainer.
Bryan Eversgerd continues as the pitching coach in Springfield where his staff finished 6th in the Texas League in strikeouts last season. A former major leaguer with the Cardinals, Rangers and Expos, Eversgerd won the only game he started in his career in 1994 against the Marlins. 2012 will be Eversgerd’s fourth in Springfield and 10th overall in the Cardinals Organization.
Springfield will also welcome back hitting coach Phillip Wellman. The Cardinals offense ranked 1st in the Texas league in team batting average (.278), homeruns (166), slugging percentage (.443) and finished second in runs scored. A former minor leaguer with the Braves, Twins and Pirates, Wellman has 24 years of coaching experience including 15 years a manager in the Reds and Braves organizations.
Rounding out the 2012 Field Staff will be Athletic Trainer, Jason Hall. Jason previously worked with the Chicago Cubs before joining the Springfield Cardinals in 2011. Hall was with the Cubs for two seasons and was also a strength and conditioning intern with the Florida Marlins.
The Springfield Cardinals will host the St. Louis Cardinals in an exhibition game April 2nd at 6:08pm at Hammons Field before beginning the regular season on April 5th at home. For information about the best ways to catch a game at Hammons Field, please call the Springfield Cardinals Front Office at (417) 863-0395 or visit www.springfieldcardinals.com.