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SAD NEWS: Oliver Marmol is gone…..

As Oliver Marmol began his coaching career with the St. Louis Cardinals, it became evident that he had the potential to become a major league manager someday.

That day has arrived, slightly earlier than intended.

Marmol, 35, was promoted from bench coach to the majors’ youngest manager on Monday, taking over the Cardinals nearly two weeks after Mike Shildt was sacked in an unexpected move by one of baseball’s most stable clubs.

“I had a strong belief that Oli would one day manage in the major leagues. John Mozeliak, the Cardinals’ president of baseball operations, stated, “I didn’t anticipate it would be 2022.

Marmol is the team’s youngest manager since Marty Marion, who was 34 in 1951. Marmol, a native of New Jersey with Dominican ancestry, joins the franchise as its second minority manager. Mike González, who was born in Cuba, managed the team for parts of the 1938 and 1940 seasons.

“Some of the neighborhoods we lived in early on … these opportunities don’t come across the table to the majority of the people that grew up like that,” Marmol added. “They must be able to recognize and see someone.

Being a person of color in a position of leadership, particularly for a winning organization like the St. Louis Cardinals, is incredibly meaningful.”

Marmol was selected by St. Louis in the sixth round of the 2007 amateur draft out of the College of Charleston, but his playing career ended at Class A Palm Beach. After teaching and managing in the minors, he joined the Cardinals’ major level staff as first base coach in 2017.

He has spent the last three years as Shildt’s bench coach, guiding St. Louis to three straight postseason trips. The Cardinals used a 17-game winning streak in September to get into playoff contention, but they were defeated 3-1 by the Dodgers in the NL wild-card game.

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