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MLB Rumors: Yadier Molina, Albert Pujols Occupied with Managing amid Cardinals Buzz

Scott Polacek @@ScottPolacek Featured Columnist IV May 16, 2024 Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images St. Louis Cardinals fans are surely frustrated with how the 2024 season is unfolding, but they may have the opportunity to cheer for a franchise legend in a managerial role if the National League Central team decides to make some changes. Jon Heyman

MLB Rumors: Yadier Molina, Albert Pujols Occupied with Managing amid Cardinals Buzz

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekX.com LogoFeatured Columnist IVCould 16, 2024

ST LOUIS, MISSOURI - OCTOBER 1: Former St. Louis Cardinals players Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina during a pre-game retirement ceremony to honor Adam Wainwright #50 of the St. Louis Cardinals prior to a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium on October 1, 2023 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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St. Louis Cardinals followers are certainly annoyed with how the 2024 season is unfolding, however they might have the chance to cheer for a franchise legend in a managerial function if the Nationwide League Central workforce decides to make some adjustments.

Jon Heyman of the New York Publish reported Thursday that supervisor Oli Marmol “may pay the worth” of his job if the struggles proceed.

Heyman then recommended the Cardinals may flip towards both Yadier Molina or Albert Pujols for a managing job since each are excited about taking that step of their careers.

That does not imply both of the Cardinals legends are the frontrunners.

The truth is, Heyman known as Miami Marlins supervisor Skip Schumaker “the obvious candidate” for the Cardinals ought to they make a change. Miami already agreed to drop the 2025 membership possibility on his contract, so Schumaker can be free to go to St. Louis or some place else as quickly as subsequent season.

He gained the Supervisor of the Yr award final season whereas main the Marlins to an 84-78 document and playoff berth. He additionally has a Cardinals connection contemplating he performed the primary eight years of his profession in St. Louis from 2005 to 2012.

Schumaker helped lead the Cardinals to the World Sequence crown in 2011.

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So did Pujols and Molina, who’re two of the perfect gamers in franchise historical past. Molina spent his total 19-year profession with the franchise as a two-time World Sequence champion, 10-time All-Star, nine-time Gold Glover and Silver Slugger winner.

Pujols performed the primary 12 years of his profession with the Cardinals and was a two-time World Sequence champion, three-time Nationwide League MVP, NL Rookie of the Yr, six-time Silver Slugger, two-time Gold Glover and nine-time All-Star.

Whereas neither have managerial expertise within the main leagues, Molina managed the Puerto Rico workforce within the 2023 World Baseball Traditional and leads the Navegantes del Magallanes in Venezuela. Pujols is slated to handle the Leones del Escogido within the Dominican Republic.

It could be fairly the bounce to the Cardinals for both of them, however they’re beloved members within the historical past of the franchise and would certainly be welcomed by the workforce’s followers. That’s very true if the 18-25 Cardinals proceed to wrestle this yr.

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