St. Louis Cardinals Choose Mike Matheny to Succeed La Russa

Mike Matheny, a former catcher with the Cardinals who had been a minor league instructor, will be introduced as Tony La Russa’s successor as manager at a news conference Monday.

Matheny played for the Brewers from 1994 to 1998, the Toronto Blue Jays in 1999, and the St. Louis Cardinals from 2000 to 2004. While playing for the Cardinals, Matheny won three Gold Glove Awards (2000, 2003, 2004) and went to the postseason in four of his five years with the team.

During his three-year contract with the San Francisco Giants, Matheny went on the disabled list on May 31, 2006. The DL status followed a series of foul ball incidents that bounced off Matheny’s catcher’s mask, resulting in a serious concussion and post-concussion syndrome. In July, the San Francisco Giants announced that he would not return for the remainder of the season and that his career status was in doubt.

Press conference for the new manager of the St. Louis Cardinals is scheduled for November 14, 2011.