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Padres hire Mike Shildt as manager

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The San Diego Padres hired former St. Louis Cardinals skipper Mike Shildt as their new manager, the team announced Tuesday.

He received a two-year contract.

Shildt replaces Bob Melvin, who left for the San Francisco Giants in October.

"I love our group," Shildt said Tuesday, according to's AJ Cassavell. "It's a fantastic group of young men with clear talent. Ultimately, what we're here to do is win, and we're going to do it together as an organization."

The 55-year-old Shildt spent the past two seasons with the Padres in various roles, most recently serving as senior adviser to player development and major leagues.

Shildt beat out candidates Ryan Flaherty, Phil Nevin, and Benji Gil for the managerial role, according to The Athletic's Britt Ghiroli.

He served as Cardinals manager from 2018-22, winning 252 games and posting a .559 winning percentage. The 2019 NL Manager of the Year won a division title that season and reached the playoffs three times while in St. Louis.

Shildt is the Padres' seventh manager since 2015, the conclusion of Bud Black's eight-year run with the organization.

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