Friday, the Cardinals officially announced the promotion of John Mozeliak to President of Baseball Operations Friday, and named Mike Girsch the new General Manager.
Mozeliak had served as GM since 2007, overseeing the team's most recent World Series championship and the National League pennant win in 2013. During his 10 seasons as GM, the Cardinals have the second best winning percentage (.558) in baseball.
Girsch was promoted from Assistant General Manager, a position he's held since 2011 and the post Mozeliak held before his elevation to GM. He was hired in 2006 and became the key man in the organizations analytics department before rising higher through the ranks of the front office.
Though the timing of the moves may seem strange (the Cardinals are four games below .500 and 3.5 back of the division leader), the discussion has been ongoing for some time. Mozeliak has presided over one of the most successful decades for the Cardinals and Girsch helped develop the strategies that made the run possible.
The organization announced both men will be given contracts which run through the 2020 season.
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