Mike Matheny (1994-1998)
Mike Matheny is another current Major League manager that began his career as a player wearing blue and yellow. He was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the eighth round of the 1991 MLB Draft.
He won four Gold Glove awards as a player, none which were with the Crew. Matheny is now the manager of conference foe, the St. Louis Cardinals.
His Playing Career
Matheny spent three years, starting in 1991, in the Crew’s farm system before debuting in the Majors in 1994. The catcher was then the starter for the Milwaukee Brewers until 1998 when the Crew granted him free agency.
His next stop was with the Toronto Blue Jays for a year before he played for the St. Louis Cardinals for five seasons. He ended his playing career with the San Francisco Giants in 2006. His retirement was prompted by recurring concussion symptoms.
He ended his career with a .239 batting average, hitting 67 homeruns and knocking in 443 runs.
In 2011, Mike Matheny was announced the Cardinals new manager in light of Tony La Russa’s retirement. Beginning at the start of the 2012 season, Matheny has been the leader of the Cardinals.
With no prior managerial experience, it was a bold choice by the Cardinals organization. It proved to be successful, though. In his first season as a manager, the Cards finished above .500 and they made it to the NLCS.
In his second season, he led his team to the best record in the National League. They eventually lost in the World Series to the Red Sox. It’s ironic, because ten years earlier when Matheny was playing for the Cardinals, they also lost to the Red Sox in the World Series.
As Brewer fans, it’s hard to want to see Mike Matheny do well in his managerial career because he is at the helm of a tough NL Central competitor year in and year out. Nonetheless, he still shares a tie to the city of Milwaukee and the Brewers organization.
This season, the St. Louis Cardinals are in the middle of the pack, behind the Brewers and the Cubs.