With Don Mattingly not returning to manage the Miami Marlins in 2023, the Marlins have been searching for a new manager over the past few weeks. On Tuesday, it was announced that they'd made a final decision after interviewing several candidates.
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Miami is going with Skip Schumaker, who was not initially reported as one of the leading candidates for the job. Despite facing stiff competition for the job and having no managerial experience yet, he apparently impressed the Marlins' brass.
Baseball fans may remember Schumaker from his time with the St. Louis Cardinals, where he spent the bulk of his playing career and won a World Series in 2011. The former outfielder and second baseman enjoyed a solid MLB career that spanned 11 seasons from 2005-2015, batting .278/.337/.364 over 1,149 games.
After retiring before the 2016 season, Schumaker moved into coaching. He served as the first base coach and associate manager for the San Diego Padres from 2018-2021 before returning to the Cardinals as a bench coach in 2022.
Perhaps Miami is hoping Schumaker will bring "The Cardinal Way" to his new team. Schumaker was drafted, developed and played for St. Louis, which has a winning culture and a knack for getting the most out of its players. The Cardinals are consistently one of the best teams in baseball, whereas the Marlins haven't finished over .500 since 2009.
Schumaker is also young at 42, so he understands the modern game and can relate to players. That's a big change from Mattingly, who starred in the 1980s and is nearly 20 years older than Schumaker.
No one can transform an organization all by himself, but Schumaker seems like a good start.