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Throughout the offseason, keep an eye out for my new series titled “Talking Baseball”. I’ll spend a few minutes each week talking to former baseball players about the game of baseball and much more.
Mike Shildt is a Charlotte, NC native. He grew up around the game of baseball with the Charlotte O’s. He’s worked in baseball in a number of capacities over the years. Now, he’s coming off a successful first season as a Triple-A manager in the St. Louis Cardinals organization, one of the most prolific organizations in the history of baseball. He’s doing what he loves to do.
I caught up with Mike, manager of the Memphis Redbirds, after talking baseball with him on air during an episode of the Schaefer Baseball Report, which airs on Saturdays at 11 AM on WFNZ. Jeff Schaefer and I talk baseball each week and it’s guests like Mike who make the show great.
Before getting into the professional ranks, Shildt worked at the high school and collegiate levels. He has five years of college baseball coaching experience between stops at the Charlotte 49ers and his alma mater, UNC Asheville. Before making the transition to Minor League Baseball coach and eventually Minor League Baseball manager, Shildt worked three years as an associate scout for the Major League Scouting Bureau.
Since 2004, Shildt has worked in the St. Louis Cardinals organization in a number of positions. He’s worked his way up the organizational ladder and has had tons of success along the way.
Among some of his accomplishments, he guided the Johnson City Cardinals of the Rookie-level Appalachian League to back-to-back league championships in 2010-11. He later led Double-A Springfield to their first Texas League Championship in 2012. That team was named as the Baseball America Team of the Year.
It’s always great to see someone succeed — especially someone like Mike. I’ve had the privilege and honor to get to know Mike over the last few years, thanks to my job with the Charlotte Knights. His mom Lib worked for the Charlotte O’s and handled public relations among many things for the team over the years. It’s through Lib that Mike and I got to know each other. Much like Mike, I considered Lib a great friend. She keeps up-to-date with all Charlotte Knights news and I always enjoy the notes she sends me after a Knights win — and even after a Knights loss. I always look forward to her emails. It’s nice to know she is there keeping an eye on Charlotte baseball.
Here’s episode two of “Talking Baseball” with guest, Mike Shildt
On Monday, January 13, the Charlotte Knights took another step forward in the construction of BB&T Ballpark. After introducing our commemorative brick program in May, construction crews installed nearly 500 bricks on Monday. Those bricks were purchased by fans over the past few months — all with a special story of their own.
The day turned out to be a big success as media members from all across the Charlotte area were on hand for the big event. There were many stories that came out of Monday’s event.
The Knights invited a few people out that had a special story to share about their brick.
Tim Powitz spent two seasons as an intern in the Knights merchandise department. A big baseball fan, Tim was ready to propose to his girlfriend and used that opportunity to buy a brick to propose. His story is a special one and he was happy to share that with everyone on Monday.
Tim proposed to his girlfriend with a replica brick and she said yes! The two were married in late December and he had a chance to see his brick on Monday.
Mike Shildt, who is the current manager of the Springfield Cardinals (Double-A St. Louis Cardinals), was on hand for the event. Mike had a brick donated to him and he had a chance to see it go into the ground.
Shildt grew up in the Charlotte area. Shildt’s mom Lib worked in the front office of the Charlotte O’s and he also worked for the Charlotte O’s as a kid.
I had the opportunity to talk to Mike about his days with the O’s, his brick, and his expectations of the 2014 season as he gets set to manage the Springfield Cardinals.
Knights TV talks to Mike Shildt
Brett Honeycutt, a Charlotte native, was also invited out to see his brick go into the ground. Brett dedicated his brick to his dad, who always took him to games at Crockett Park. It was nice to talk to Brett and hear some of his stories of attending games at Crockett Park. It certainly brings up many memories of Charlotte Baseball history.
Betsy Gload is the wife of former Knights standout and Major League star Ross Gload. Betsy also saw her brick on Monday. She dedicated a brick to her husband Ross.
Monday’s installation was the first of two installations before Opening Day. We are still selling bricks and fans can become a part of BB&T Ballpark just in time for Opening Day too. Any fan who orders a brick by February 9, will have that brick installed for Opening Day.
For more information about BB&T Ballpark Legacy Bricks, log on to http://www.charlotteknights.com/bricks.