October 18, 2021
The search for a new General Manager in St. Louis is now over.
Owner Brady Rogers issued the following statement this evening:
After exploring options both from within and outside of the organization, I have decided to name Ayden Dugmore to be the next General Manager of this great franchise.St. Louis Cardinals Owner Brady Rogers
Dugmore spent the previous ten seasons in charge of the Cleveland Indians where he compiled a 853-767 record. Dugmore made headlines late in the season when increasing animosity to poor late-season performances led to outbursts towards his own players in Cleveland. Ayden has a track record of success having been in charge of a team that has won 85 or more games five different times.
The late-season struggles of 2021 might have come with some controversy attached. One league source suggests that the Cardinals had been in contact with Dugmore for several weeks, with the former General Manager playing a key role in ownership making a play at bringing Ayden over.
When asked about the new opportunity in St. Louis, Ayden responded with, “finally, a team that might not fall apart in September. I look forward to the new challenges that come with taking over this storied franchise. St. Louis has amazing fans and I hope they join me in circling the calendar for 2024 when we take on the AL Central in interleague play, Rocky, I’m still coming for you.”