Shortly after World Series champion Cardinals manager Tony La Russa announced his retirement Monday, Braves first base coach Terry Pendleton started appearing on lists as a potential replacement.
When reached Monday afternoon, Pendleton said he had not been contacted by the Cardinals. “I haven’t heard anything as of yet,” he said.
The former third baseman played his first seven major league seasons in St. Louis before signing with the Braves as a free agent in 1991.
Pendleton, who spent nine years as the Braves hitting coach before being reassigned to first base last year, has made it known he’d like to manage. He has interviewed for managing jobs with the Rays, Phillies and Nationals. He also turned down an interview opportunity with the Dodgers.
Cardinals’ general manager John Mozeliak told reporters Monday that previous major league managing experience was not a prerequisite.
Former Braves manager Bobby Cox said he was surprised Monday when he heard about La