With the Chicago Cubs already ruling out a fan-favorite, Ryne Sandberg, for their managerial opening, the St. Louis Cardinals are going in the other direction, bringing in beloved ex-Cardinal Mike Matheny for a job interview. From MLB.com:
A third name, but not a fourth, was added to the Cardinals' list of interviewees for their vacant manager's job on Friday. Former Redbirds catcher Mike Matheny, who currently serves as a special assistant to general manager John Mozeliak, interviewed on Friday, a Cardinals source said.
Matheny isn't exactly a Hall-of-Famer like Sandberg, but he's still popular in St. Louis, where the four-time Gold Glove winner played for five seasons. He retired suddenly at the age of 35 because of concussions he suffered on foul tips to his catcher's mask, and he currently works in the Cardinals' front office.
His coaching and managerial experience? None, other than working as a roving catching instructor in the St. Louis organization. A lack of experience is what cost Sandberg a shot at the Cubs' job, but apparently the Cardinals are willing to be a little more open-minded. They even interviewed Joe McEwing on Thursday, though because of a miscommunication, McEwing actually thought he was interview for the Tony La Russa Memorial Pet Utility Infielder position, which is no longer available.