ST. LOUIS (APCSN) The St. Louis Cardinals said they will announce the hiring of Mike Matheny as manager during a news conference Monday.Matheny, a former St. Louis catcher will replace the retired Tony La Russa.La Russa stepped down after leading the team to the World Series title.The 40-year-old Matheny was a minor league instructor with the Cardinals and has no managing experience. He played for St. Louis from 2000-04 and won three Gold Gloves. He won another with San Francisco.
Matheny played the 2005 and 2006 seasons with the Giants before concussion-related issues forced him to retire.
Matheny's playing career blossomed after he signed a one-year free-agent deal to be the backup catcher in St. Louis. A career .239 hitter, Matheny did enough defensively to earn a starting job. In 181 career games as a Giant, Matheny hit .239 with 16 home runs and 77 RBIs.
Matheny was one of six men the Cardinals interviewed to replace La Russa.They also talked to Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg, longtime Cardinals third-base coach Jose Oquendo, former Boston manager Terry Francona, Triple-A manager Chris Maloney, and Chicago White Sox coach Joe McEwing.