Mike Matheny / St. Louis Cardinals
11:58 am
Mon November 14, 2011

It's official: Cardinals choose Matheny as La Russa's successor

As expected, the St. Louis Cardinals have introduced Mike Matheny as their new manager.

Matheny will replace Tony La Russa, who retired after the Cardinals won the World Series last month. Even though Matheny has no managing experience, general manager John Mozeliak said the four-time Gold Glove catcher stood out from a group of candidates that began with about 35 names.

Matheny donned a No. 22 Cardinals jersey at his inaugural news conference. The 41-year-old Matheny called it the greatest honor of his life.

The Cardinals expect to finalize the coaching staff by the end of the week. Mozeliak said pitching coach Dave Duncan should be back.