Dominican Oliver Mármol is the new manager of Cardinals

Dominican Oliver Mármol is the new manager of Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals announced Oliver Mármol as their new manager on Monday. Owner Bill DeWitt and President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak introduced Marmol during a lecture via zoom.

Marmol, 35, is the youngest manager in the major leagues today. He is the first man of color, but the second Latin American, among the 51 leaders that the Cardinals have had in their 140-year history. Cuban Mike González led the club for 16 games in 1938 and then for six games in 1940.

“For me it is very important to be Latino and to lead an organization with such an important history. It is incredible, I am very proud for myself and the family,” Mármol told ESPN Digital.

“I hope they give more opportunities to other Latinos, seeing what is happening here, that they give us confidence that it is possible. When we dedicate ourselves to what we have to do, this is possible,” he added.

“Olie brings a unique voice to this position. We feel comfortable with him in charge,” Mozeliak said.

Marmol, 35, was drafted by the Cardinals in the 2007 college draft and became a coach four years later. Since 2017 he has been part of the Major League Baseball staff and for the last three seasons he was the bench coach of manager Mike Shildt.
St. Louis and Shildt severed their relationship over “philosophical differences” after the Cardinals were eliminated by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League wild card game.

The new foreman of the legendary Red Birds is the seventh Dominican designated to lead a Major League Baseball franchise. The others are Felipe Rojas Alou, Tony Peña, Luis Pujols, Manny Acta, Juan Samuel and Luis Rojas, Felipe’s son who led the New York Mets in the previous two seasons.

Marmol, who is the son of Dominicans, was born in Orlando, Florida, and lived several years of his childhood in the Dominican Republic, where he is little known.

“It’s something that I really hadn’t thought about much. For me it’s not creating a name for myself or my family, but doing a tremendous job for the organization. If at the end of all this we win championships and no one knows my name, it’s OK baby, “said Marble.

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