St. Louis Cardinals Manager Search: Mike Matheny Interviewed; Terry Francona Not Around

The St. Louis Cardinals continue to work down the list of their managerial candidates, today interviewing former four-time Gold Glove catcher and present Cardinals minor league instructor Mike Matheny. According to STLToday.com, the Cardinals brought Matheny in today for an interview; they did not, however, bring Terry Francona in today as was expected.

The Cardinals, opting for a much more traditional interview process than the Chicago Cubs have begun, are interviewing as many as nine candidates following the departure of legendary manager Tony La Russa. STLToday reports that former Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona was expected to interview today, but was not on site.

Francona, who managed the Red Sox for eight years, twice leading them to World Series titles, was released last month when the club elected to not exercise his option. Controversy surrounded Francona as his team fell out of an easy playoff spot in 2011, losing in 9.5 game lead in a single month, amidst allegations and reports of misconduct in the locker room and dugout during games.

Stay tuned to SB Nation St. Louis for more information, and for in-depth analysis on the St. Louis Cardinals be sure to visit Viva El Birdos. Visit Baseball Nation for more news and notes around the league.

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