ST. LOUIS — The Cardinals held a press conference at Busch Stadium Friday afternoon. They announced that John Mozeliak will be promoted to President of Baseball Operations. Mike Girsch, will be promoted to General Manager. Both Mozeliak, 48, and Girsch, 41, have agreed to contracts that will run through the 2020 season.
Managing partner and chairman of the St. Louis Cardinals, Bill DeWitt II, made the announcement. He says that continuity is important in the organization.
Mozeliak is a 22-year veteran of the Cardinals front office who has served as the team’s General Manager for ten seasons. During his tenure as General Manager, the Cardinals have advanced to the postseason six times, winning a World Championship in 2011, and the National League Championship in 2013.
Mozeliak says that he will work closely with Girsch as they transition into these new roles. He says the struggles of this season has been difficult. The team is working hard to get back to where they want to be.
Girsch joined the team 11 years ago after graduating from business school and working for a consulting firm in Chicago. He credits Mozeliak's mentoring with helping him succeed within the organization. He was hired 11 years ago as coordinator of amateur scouting.
"This is a big challenge. I'm excited about getting started," said Mike Girsch.
In 2008, he was named Director of Baseball Development, and focused on assisting Baseball Operations via internet applications, analytical models and decision support tools. He led the department for three years before his promotion to Assistant General Manager in January 2011.
Mozeliak mentioned a letter during the press conference he received from Girsch before hiring him in 2006. Girsch wrote a research paper on the amateur draft and sent it to the team. He put a dollar amount on draft picks based on recent history and got lucky when Mozeliak opened the letter. That interesting idea led to several conversations with Mozeliak.
Girsch has a background in finance and economics. He has a math degree from Notre Dame and an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. He took a pay cut to join the Cardinals. But, his dream is to be the general manager of a baseball team.