Dominican Marmol, new Cardinals driver

Everything is ready for the St. Louis Cardinals to make the official presentation of the Dominican Oliver Marmol, a homegrown professional, as their new manager this Monday.

After several journalistic sources made known the intentions of the St. Louis team, officially they did not want to confirm the news, but they did inform that an “important announcement” would be made this Monday.

This announcement, according to several sources close to the team that plays in the National League, is none other than the official presentation of Mármol, their current reserves coach, who will take over as head coach of the entire squad.

Marmol, 35, was selected by the Cardinals in the 2007 collegiate sweepstakes and four seasons ago turned coach.

He has been on the Major League staff since 2017 and for the past three seasons was the bench coach for manager Mike Shildt, whom the team fired a few weeks ago.

Marmol, the son of Dominicans, was born in Orlando, Florida, and spent several years of his childhood in the Dominican Republic.

Despite a team-record 17-game winning streak that vaulted the Cardinals into a major league wild card spot, Shildt was fired as manager earlier this month.

Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak cited “philosophical differences” to explain the firing of Shildt, whom he himself had promoted. He declined to expand on those differences and said the move was “something that came up recently.”

Mozeliak noted that Shildt was heading into the final year of his contract, but said that was not the only reason for parting ways. Shildt had signed a three-year extension after the 2019 season.

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