Thanks to their worst start since 1995, the St. Louis Cardinals find themselves in last place in the NL Central and near the bottom of the entire National League.
Despite a 1-0 win over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night at Globe Life Field, the team is still 26-37, 11 games below the .500 mark.
Due to their struggles, some have speculated that changes may be coming for the organization, particularly at the managerial position.
Oli Marmol led the Cards to a division title last season, but has not had the same success this year.
President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak recently affirmed Marmol’s position as the manager and offered a vote of confidence.
On 101 ESPN, a local St. Louis sports radio station, Cardinals insider Brandon Kiley discussed what Mozeliak’s comments mean for the team going forward.
John Mozeliak offered a vote of confidence today for #STLCards manager Oli Marmol. What did his comments suggest for the team's short & long-term plans?
— 101 ESPN St. Louis (@101espn) June 7, 2023
Kiley discussed how Marmol was Mozeliak’s handpicked successor after Mike Shildt was fired in 2021.
He also talked about how if Marmol doesn’t pan out as the team’s manager, it’s ultimately a poor reflection on Mozeliak, who burned through two managers before Marmol.
Mike Matheny was fired in 2018 and Shildt took over shortly thereafter.
But after three straight years in the postseason, Shildt was let go.
Kiley mentioned that a good chunk of the Cardinals fanbase views the firing of Shildt as the turning point for the organization.
Finally, Kiley closed his statement by saying that if Mozeliak gave Marmol that kind of support in his recent comments, it’s very likely that the latter will remain at the helm for the remainder of the season.NEXT: Jack Flaherty Stepped Up In Key Spot For The Cardinals