Mike Matheny was named the 49th manager in St. Louis Cardinals franchise history on November 14, 2011. Matheny, 47, is in his seventh season as a manager at the professional level. He served as a Special Assistant in Player Development for the Cardinals prior to his being named manager. Matheny agreed to a three-year contract extension on November 3, 2016, which keeps the Redbirds manager under contract through the 2020 season. In just six seasons as manager of the Cardinals, Matheny has compiled a 544- 428 career record, tops in the National League since his debut season in 2012. Matheny in 2017 became the first Cardinals manager to post six consecutive winning seasons to begin his career and just the 2nd ever to do so for the Redbirds, joining Tony La Russa (2000-06). Matheny ranks 5th all-time in wins (544) among Cardinals managers and on July 1, 2017, he became the 2nd fastest to 500 career wins as a Cardinals manager, doing so in his 890th career decision. Hall of Fame Cardinals Manager Billy Southworth reached his 500th Cardinals' win in his 766th decision. Matheny's teams reached the postseason in each of his first four seasons at the helm, securing a Wild Card spot in 2012, Central Division titles in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and a National League Championship in 2013. He has already managed 43 postseason games, as the team fell one win short of making it to the World Series in 2012 and faced Boston in the 2013 World Series, finishing just two wins shy of the Championship. In 2014, Matheny was the manager for the National League All-Star team in Minneapolis, Minn. Matheny is the only manager to lead his team to the postseason in each of his first four seasons and his 43 postseason games are tops in the majors over his first six seasons (2012-17). In 2015, Matheny piloted an injury-riddled Cardinals team to a Major League-best 100 wins; the ninth 100-win season in franchise history, including a Busch Stadium III record 55 home wins. Since 2012, Matheny has won 21 postseason games, ranking second in N.L. to Bruce Bochy (25) of the Giants. In his first year at the helm in 2012, Matheny guided the Cardinals to the National League Championship round of the playoffs, having captured a Wild Card berth on the next-to-last day of the regular season. Mike became the first rookie manager to lead the Cardinals to the postseason since Eddie Dyer led the Redbirds to a World Championship win over Boston in 1946. When he was named to the post at age 41, Matheny became the youngest active manager in the majors and the youngest Cardinals manager since Jack Krol, who was also 41 when he managed the team in 1978. Matheny joined notables such as Red Schoendienst, Joe Torre, Ken Boyer, Frank Frisch and Rogers Hornsby amongst Cardinals players who later served as the team's manager. A veteran of 13 seasons in the majors, Matheny was drafted out of the University of Michigan by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 8th round of the 1991 draft. He made his Major League debut with the Brewers in 1994 and spent five seasons (1994-98) with Milwaukee before signing a free-agent contract with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1999. Following his release by the Blue Jays, Matheny signed a free-agent contract with the Cardinals on December 16, 1999 and went on to spend five seasons with the Cardinals from 2000-04, earning trips to the postseason in four of those five seasons, including a National League Championship in 2004. As a Cardinal, Matheny appeared in 611 games at catcher, logging 4,938.1 innings while committing just 14 errors. The four-time (2000, 2003-05) Rawlings Gold Glove recipient holds the Major League catching record for consecutive errorless games (252) and at one time held the mark for consecutive errorless chances (1,565) before it was broken by Mike Redmond. He posted a lifetime batting mark of .239 with 67 home runs and 443 RBI in 1,305 games played in a career that was cut short due to complications from repeated concussions. Matheny signed with San Francisco as a free-agent prior to the 2005 season and he spent two seasons with the Giants before playing his final game on May 31, 2006. In his first season with the Giants, Matheny set the team record for fielding pct. (.9988) by a catcher, came within two of the team mark (36) for doubles by a catcher and was voted by his teammates as the recipient of the "Willie Mac Award" for being the most inspirational player on the team. In 2002, Matheny served as an inspirational leader for the Cardinals, helping the team to cope with the shocking death of pitcher Darryl Kile while still reaching the National League Championship Series. Matheny was voted by his teammates as the first recipient of the "Darryl Kile Award" in 2003 - an award that goes annually to the Cardinals player who best demonstrates the qualities that Darryl brought to the clubhouse every day. Matheny has been a tireless worker in the community, organizing and creating the "Catch-22" charity and in 2005, his group saw the opening of the "Catch 22 Miracle Field" at Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex, designed and constructed to allow children of all abilities to experience the thrill of playing baseball. In February of 2015, Matheny published a book titled "The Matheny Manifesto", which is about coaching youth baseball with the philosophy about respect, ownership, self-motivation and no-nonsense sportsmanship. Matheny (pronounced muh-THEE-nee) was born on September 22, 1970 in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, and graduated from Reynoldsburg High School in 1988, where he was a team captain for both the baseball and football teams. He was a member of the Connie Mack National Championship team in 1989 and attended the University of Michigan, where he was co-captain of the Wolverines' baseball team. Mike's wife, Kristin, was also a varsity athlete at Michigan, playing field hockey. The couple reside in St. Louis and have five children: daughter Katie (23) and four sons, Tate (24), Luke (21), Jacob (20) and Blaise (17) and one grandson (Ryker James). His son, Tate, played baseball at Missouri State University, and was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 2015. His daughter, Katie, played women's ice hockey at The Ohio State University and sons, Luke (Oklahoma State) and Jacob (Missouri) have also played collegiate baseball.