Any way necessary. Call if people prefer. Texts are popular these days.
I have spent the past four days trying to answer that question in the coverage and with the reporting. I will spend whatever hours it takes to offer more details than we already have.
That is possible, yes. That is worth monitoring.
That is the most likely scenario, but not the only one. Before the firing, the Cardinals were discussing adding a former player to the staff, and if they make the move internally for a manager it is likely that manager will have a say in the addition of that player and who he would like as a bench coach, given the close nature in which the bench coach and manager work.
President of baseball operations.
A couple of things: I cannot possibly read his mind. I can only speak from past reporting and past statements, and he has stumped for Marmol to get a chance to manage in the past. He is genuinely a fan of Marmol -- from scouting him to the drafting of him, to coaching him and coaching with him, and their bond was strong as manager and bench coach. Shildt was thanking a trusted colleague, reiterating that trust that he had said before, and yes speaking to the Cardinals -- and to anyone who wanted to hear in baseball.
Chris Carpenter was not offered a return to the Cardinals. Ownership and leadership made that call. Carpenter, by every indication, would have returned to the Cardinals, if asked. He wasn't given the offer and had other teams interested.
Mozeliak said he did in the press conference. There's no need to parse his words on that.
Advice? I'm not sure it would be advice. They might ask for input. As I mentioned in last week's chat. That takes place quite often. The front office as its own contact with players to get feedback.
It's not really my place to hope, candidly. It would be selfish for me to hope that they get the best story or go for the player who is the best interview. The best baseball fit at the moment -- and we'll see how the market develops and the contracts desired -- is Corey Seager, because he offers what the Cardinals do need baseball-wise for the lineup: a lefthanded bat at a premium position.
He is expected to look elsewhere. He told a reporter from a Korea outlet that he would likely do that. And the Cardinals have shown no indication of pursuing him -- that is most likely because they have other priorities they would prefer to pursue first.
So that it did not leak out. Something significant was starting to get around, and then came tweet/confirmation in short order. They wanted to get ahead of the story being reported, and they got permission from Major League Baseball to make a hasty announcement. That's part of why the official release was so short. That was not a sign of their view of Shildt as much as it was a show of how little time they had to flesh out the entire press release.
Teams can make news/announcements on the off days of the World Series. You're right, MLB really tries to have teams limit their actions on the days of playoff games, and that used to be within the league. For example -- today is a travel day for the NL, and Shildt had his comments on this day. That's not a complete coincidence.
I don't know yet. It could. We'll see. It's a required spending that teams will have the budget into their baseball operations budget, which is the same wallet that the payroll comes from.
No. Ownership OK'd the firing of the manager. Ownership has the power to say no, to offer an extension, to bridge whatever gap there was if it thought it could, and it relied on the power it invested in Mozeliak to make that decision, and then allowed it to happen.
Most unexpected, yes. Given the comments of all parties just six days before.