Talk about a fall from grace.
For the first time since 2007 (the year after their ’06 World Series victory), the St. Louis Cardinals will officially finish a full season with a losing record.
It’s also the first losing season under former general manager and current President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak.
There is one bright side, however: with the Cardinals now at 65 wins, they cannot lose 100 games this season, The Kansas City Royals and the Oakland A’s both have over 100 losses this season, while the Chicago White Sox and Colorado Rockies are all on a close pace for that feat as well.
Despite the injuries, on-and-off field drama, and criticism regarding management, Mozeliak says that Oli Marmol will return for his third season next year. Marmol, currently at 158-150 in nearly two full seasons, has received heavy criticism for his poor managerial decisions, relationship with certain players, and extreme lack of managerial experience heading into his new position with the Cardinals.
“I do support him,” Mozeliak said of Marmol, according to Katie Woo, via Talkin’ Baseball. “I know he’ll be back next year. I think the job he does is good.”
Mozeliak has been with the Cardinals for nearly three decades, and he’s been in charge of the front office for 16 years now. He’s led the Cardinals to two National League pennants and one World Series title in 2011. He was of course also with the team when St. Louis won it all in 2006.