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.
On Monday morning, some important details emerged.
The Giants discussed Joe Panik and top prospects Tyler Beede and Chris Shaw with the Marlins in a potential trade for Giancarlo Stanton, according to sports radio host Craig Mish.
Last week, San Francisco reportedly made an actual offer for Stanton.
The Giants selected Beede, 24, in the first round (14th overall) of the 2014 draft.
The right-handed pitcher went 6-7 with a 4.79 ERA over 19 starts in Triple-A last season.
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The Orange and Black took Shaw, 24, in the first round (31st overall) of the 2015 draft.
In 37 games for Double-A Richmond in 2017, he hit .301 with six home runs and 29 RBI.
He was promoted to Triple-A and hit .289 with 18 home runs and 50 RBI in 88 games.
Shaw recently played in the Arizona Fall League, but only saw action in five games because of a sore shoulder.
We have some sad news to report.
Skeeter, the lovable four-legged member of Matt Duffy's family, passed away in Long Beach on Saturday night. He was 15 years old.
Duffy made the news public with an Instagram post on Sunday evening.
"Even when it's expected, losing a member of the family is never easy. Sometimes you'd forget this little guy was even a cat. After 15 awesome years, last night we had to say goodbye to Skeeter boy. Thank you for all the love and support that Skeets has gotten over the past couple of years. Our furry little light has gone dark," Duffy wrote.
Skeeter, slightly overweight for his size, stole the hearts of Giants fans after Duffy made his debut with the Giants in August of 2014.
When Duffy was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays at the 2016 trade deadline, Skeeter remained in California with Duffy's parents.