Reports: Cardinals making Shildt permanent manager

The St. Louis Cardinals are set to announce Tuesday that Mike Shildt will have the interim tag removed and sign a three-year deal as the team's manager, according to multiple reports.

Shildt, 50, took over the team on July 15, one game before the All-Star break, when previous manager Mike Matheny was fired. The team announced at the time that it would begin a search at the end of the season for its next manager.

The Cardinals were 47-46 when Shildt took over, 7 1/2 games out of the National League Central lead and behind a jumble of teams fighting for wild-card spots. Since then, they've gone an NL-best 26-12, entering Tuesday with a half-game lead for the first wild card, while sitting 4 1/2 games back of the Chicago Cubs for the division lead. St. Louis has won nine consecutive series.

Shildt has been in the Cardinals' organization since joining the team as an area scout in 2007. He became the Cardinals' third base coach midway through the 2017 season and moved to bench coach to open 2018.

--Field Level Media

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