Mike Shildt was named the 50th manager in franchise history on July 15, 2018, serving on an interim basis after replacing Mike Matheny. After guiding the team to a National League best 26-12 (.684) mark in his first 38 games at the helm, Shildt was named manager on August 28, 2018, agreeing to a contract that runs through 2020. Shildt was serving in his second season as a member of the Cardinals Major League coaching staff prior to his appointment as interim manager, and his first season as the team's bench coach. Shildt began the 2017 season as quality control coach on the Major League staff before taking over as third-base coach in June. Shildt's 41-28 record (.594 winning percentage) to finish out the 2018 season, tied with the Milwaukee Brewers and Colorado Rockies for the top mark in the National League from his appointment on July 15. He posted the best 40-game start by a Cardinals first year manager going 27-13. In August, the Cardinals were a Major League best 22-6 (.786), their first 22-win August since 1946 (22-9) and the team's best record in the month of August since 1944 (25-8). Shildt's efforts were recognized by BBWAA voters, earning him a 4th place finish in the 2018 N.L. Manager of the Year voting. Prior to joining the Major League staff, Shildt had logged eight seasons as a minor league manager in the Cardinals organization, the most recent at the triple-A level with the Memphis Redbirds (2015-16). He compiled a career managerial record of 471-432 (.522) over his eight seasons in the minors, winning league championships in each of his three career playoff appearances. Shildt served as a coach for the Pacific Coast League All-Star team in 2016 during the Triple-A All-Star Game that was held at BB&T Ballpark in his hometown of Charlotte, N.C. Sixteen of his players off the Memphis roster made their Major League debuts during the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Shildt won his first league championship at Johnson City in the Appalachian League in 2010 and followed it up with another title in 2011. In his first season at double-A Springfield (2012), Shildt led the Cardinals to a teamrecord 77 wins and their first Texas League Championship defeating Frisco 3-1 after knocking off Tulsa 3-2 in the opening round. This marked his third consecutive title in his fourth year of managing in the minor leagues. In 2011, Shildt's Johnson City team set a short-season franchise record with 45 wins, just a year after tying the previous mark of 42. While at Johnson City, Shildt compiled a 124-77 (.617) record over three seasons, averaging 41 wins per season and guided the team to their first championship since 1976. In his first year at the helm of Johnson City (2009), he led the squad to their best record in 13 years (37-30), a year removed from serving as the hitting coach for the squad in 2008. Shildt began every season from 2004-07 serving as an area scout and player development instructor before moving on to coach for a Cardinals short-season team, first as hitting coach at New Jersey in 2004-05, bench coach in State College in 2006 and position coach for Batavia in 2007. Shildt earned the George Kissell Award in 2010 to add to his 2010 Appalachian League Manager of the Year award after his success at Johnson City as well as serving as the Cardinals Minor League Field and Spring Training Coordinator, a position he held from 2008-12. Shildt managed the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League to a 19-12 record in 2013, winning their final seven games, and finishing a half-game back of first place in the East Division. Prior to joining the Cardinals, from 1999-2003, Shildt was an associate scout for the MLB Scouting Bureau and was head varsity coach at West Charlotte High School from 1994-96. Shildt has five years of collegiate coaching under his belt, working as the hitting coach and recruiting coordinator at both UNC-Charlotte and UNC-Asheville. Shildt, 50, is a 1991 graduate of UNC-Asheville with a degree in business and currently resides in Matthews, N.C. He was a three-year letter winner on the Bulldogs baseball team and grew up working for the Orioles double-A team in Charlotte with Cal Ripken, Jr., and Eddie Murray, performing clubhouse detail and working the scoreboard. He is also co-director of a Charlotte-based non-profit organization, Baseball for Life.