St. Louis (BNN) – Weeks of rampant speculation came to an end today as the St. Louis Cardinals introduced their new GM, Martin Osterman. Osterman, 28 years old, is one of the youngest (if not the youngest) people to ever become general manager of a baseball club but comes from a strong management background with a Fortune-500 company. Osterman assumes the reins today as the club has reassigned the former GM as head scout.
“I know that running a ballclub is not the same as running a company,” Osterman remarked a press conference at Busch Stadium. “But there are a lot of similarities that go into it. You have to be able to work with people, you have to be able to meet expectations, and you have to be able to have fun doing it.” He went on to add that he had not yet set his goals for the ballclub following it’s remarkable 2011 World Series victory and the loss of Albert Pujols.
“I think that you have to take a look at what you’re coming into before you start to decide what you want to do. Obviously his (Pujols) departure is going to have a big impact on the future of the club but I think we’ve got some great potential ahead of us. I think it’s an exciting time to be a Cardinals fan and the club will only get better with time.”
Former General Manager John Mozeliak will move to the Head Scout position formerly occupied by Dan Kantrovitz. Kantrovitz will serve as a Special Assistant to the General Manager, club sources indicated. When asked if there would be any further moves before the season begins, Osterman was noncommittal.
“I won’t comment on that just yet. Obviously there’s a lot to get acclimated to. I’ll be conducting a top-down review of the organization and decisions will be made based on what the review determines. We don’t want to make any drastic changes, especially to the coaching staffs with Opening Day right around the corner, but it will all depend on what the review determines.”