Mike Scheldt says he’s ready to take over management again | St. Louis Cardinals

The San Diego Padres took the lead in the National League Western Conference with an occasional familiar face in the dugout.

Mike Scheldt, who served as the Cardinals’ manager after last season, has returned in uniform with the Padres several times this season, including this week when he joined the coaching staff after manager Bob Melvin was on the COVID-19 roster and Padres had to do some adjusting.

Scheldt, after the Cardinals left him in October, signed Padres to “kick the tires”, after their unofficial request to meet him for the job was rejected by Melvin, who came from Oakland.

But with third base coach Matt Williams sidelined by hip surgery in spring training, Scheldt, who had been a player development consultant, suddenly finds himself taking over third base coaching for Padres.

When not pressed to serve as a uniformed coach, Schilt assesses talent in the Padres system and is likely responsible for the minor league’s rehabilitation of injury Fernando Tates Jr. He told Post-Dispatch that he’s been enjoying his time with the Padres and his part-time job with Major League Baseball but is ready for something else.

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He still agonized over the Cardinals’ dismissal, but said, “I am recovering now. I am over it and I am ready to return to battle with the right opportunity.”

“I won my whole life,” he said. “I’m more convinced now that I’m ready to train again. And win.”

Before coming to Chicago’s Wrigley Field this week, Scheldt was in an MLB hat in Kingsport, Tennessee, where he oversaw the start of the Appalachian Collegiate Summer League for July.

Going back and forth between the MLB and the Padres, he joked, “I confused everyone in my life. Definitely my wife. But, in a good way mostly.”

He said he’s followed Padres’ last three game streak that the Cardinals swept here three weeks ago. “I didn’t get a chance to see much of it,” he said.

Scheldt admitted that he didn’t really want to watch due to the sting of breaking up with the organization after nearly 18 years.

“I don’t want to repeat much in public,” he said. “A bunch of things happened.

“Another time. I don’t think this is it.”

He said he’s heard from a few players over the past few months. “Supportive things you expect but don’t take for granted,” Scheldt said.

In the immediate aftermath of his dismissal, Scheldt said, “I probably went into the world for two weeks in a row.”

In that time frame, the Padres, who were looking for a manager, called and said they would send a plane to North Carolina, where Scheldt lives, to pick him up and take him back to San Diego for an interview.

I said: Let me sleep on it. I called the next day and told them: My heart is not in it. I can’t give you what you want from me. My heart is broken and I can’t regroup now.

“But Bob was exactly the right guy,” Scheldt said.

Scheldt has no proxy. “I didn’t think I needed one,” Cracked said.

But he’s ready to get back in the game – more than just an extra.

“I’m not sure what the market will look like,” he said. “I feel like I deserve more than one chance to do this. But I don’t know what people are looking for. I’ve never looked for a management job.”

With the Cardinals, Schilt, who replaced Mike Matheny in 2018, was the National League Manager of the Year in 2019 for leading his team to the division title and into the championship series. He has also played playoff roles in each of the past two years.

“But I can also bring the youth with me,” Scheldt said. “I’ve won everywhere I’ve been, including the minor leagues.”

He won three consecutive championships at Johnson City and Springfield from 2010-12.

Those cardinals days are now gone. “The past is the past,” said the 53-year-old Scheldt. “It is time for a change. It is time for a change. It is time to move.”