The Miami Marlins are entering the 2023 season with a new manager at the helm.
43-year-old Skip Schumaker took over the reins in late October after the departure of MLB legend Don Mattingly, who helped guide the team to the postseason in 2020 and earned National League Manager of the Year honors.
Schumaker recently served as the bench coach for the St. Louis Cardinals under manager Oliver Marmol.
Prior to his coaching experience in St. Louis, he served as the bench coach of the San Diego Padres.
"I know what he can do for this team. He brings a lot of energy to the clubhouse."@sandyalcantar22 speaks on new manager Skip Schumaker's presence early on at #SpringTraining.@RoFlo | @CliffFloyd30 | @Marlins | #MakeItMiami pic.twitter.com/m8G4gJhEpN
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) February 23, 2023
Schumaker also played 11 seasons in Major League Baseball.
He spent the first eight years of his career with the Cardinals before making brief stops with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds.
Schumaker won two World Series rings as a member of the Cardinals in 2006 and 2011.
Needless to say, Schumaker knows how to win.
Last year, the Cardinals won the NL Central thanks to a 93-win season with Schumaker serving as the team’s bench coach.
But the winning experience as a player should give Schumaker somewhat of an advantage as he prepares for the next chapter in his life as the manager of the Marlins.
He and Alcantara both share a connection to St. Louis as well.
Alcantara began his career with the Cardinals in 2017.
The right-hander discussed Schumaker’s positive energy and how he thinks it will help the clubhouse.NEXT: Sandy Alcantara Discusses His Mentality While Pitching