“I have invested my heart, soul and most of my career in being part of an organization that I care about more than I care about my career”
Street. LOUIS – With a few deep breaths, a pause and smiles, former St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Schilt broke his silence to mostly say “thank you” for his time with the organization.
Shildt held a Zoom meeting with members of the media Monday morning to share a message as he was leaving the Cardinals organization after 18 years. He described it as a “very blessed” career with the club.
“I have done my best at every turn to be a good custodian of the Cardinals’ legacy,” he said. “I have invested my heart, soul, and most of my career in helping to maintain and be part of an organization that I care about more than I care about my career.”
The chief of baseball operations, John Mozilac, announced last week, at a last-minute press conference, that Scheldt had been abandoned. He said they were “struggling to get on the same page” and that they had a “philosophical difference” in the direction the club should go.
“While there were obviously differences that led to this parting of the ways, out of respect for the institution and the people who run it, I can only express my gratitude and all those philosophies that have been shared over the years—and most of them together—and any disagreements would remain uncontested,” said Scheldt. understandable.”
Instead, he encouraged baseball fans to move on and “take an interest in preserving the integrity of the organization’s future.”
Watch Shieldt’s full message in the YouTube video below:
Schilt spent most of his 10-minute statement listing the many people who helped him along the way, including the players he’s worked with over the years.
“My primary goal in my 13 years in player development and five years in the major leagues has been to help players realize and make the most of their God-given talents,” said Scheldt. “And beyond baseball, I hope they know how much I care about them. I love you all and respect you so much.”
He added that he felt at peace with the way he left players and staff at the end of the 2021 season for the Cardinal, and said he was excited about what would happen in 2022.
Schilt also thanked a list full of baseball greats, including fellow coaches like Tony La Russa, staff members and a slew of former Cardinals like Albert Pujols, Ozzie Smith, Lou Brock and Bob Gibson. He said conversations with these mentors were filled with “wisdom, encouragement, hard truths and tough love.” He added that these conversations have always been rooted in doing what’s best for the Cards organization – on and off the field.
During his list of thank-you messages, Schilt had moments when he needed to stop and take a deep breath. But it was the thought of his wife and family that brought tears to his eyes.
“I am also very grateful,” he said, and paused for several seconds. “No crying at baseball,” he said sarcastically with a smile. “…to my beautiful and supportive wife, Michelle, and my lovely stepdaughters. They have been an amazing support for me over the past three years and beyond rocks for me during this difficult transition.”
As for what’s next, Scheldt said he’s looking forward to connecting more with his family, but he also bemoaned that his baseball career might not be over yet.
“I’m definitely looking forward to the next opportunity in baseball, which I’m sure will be plenty, and will help develop the players and our great game that we all love so deeply,” said Scheldt.