After an impressive second season as a Major League manager, St. Louis Cardinals skipper Mike Matheny has been awarded with a contract extension that will keep him in St. Louis for the foreseeable future.
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) November 20, 2013
Financial details of Matheny’s new pact with the Cardinals haven’t been released yet, as the deal was just announced by the team at a public press conference, but it is for 3 additional years after his contract was scheduled to run out after the 2014 campaign.
In 2013, the Cardinals won 97 games (best in the National League) and appeared in the World Series before ultimately losing to the Boston Red Sox. It was the second straight season in which Matheny captained the team to a deep playoff run, and that was seemingly enough to get him the additional time on his deal.
As far as accomplishments, Matheny finished 4th in the 2013 voting for NL Manager of the Year, and while some of questioned his in-game tactics a bit, he’s generally been solid on the bench through his first two seasons. St. Louis made a risky play in tabbing Matheny as their big league manager without a single game of managerial experience at any level, but it appears that the decision is working out in a serious way for the Cardinals.