Springfield Cardinals Manager Mike Shildt contacted me Saturday afternoon and we met for a very somber talk at Arvest Ballpark about his actions during an ejection Friday night where a helmet he tossed hit an umpire. Shildt was extremely contrite and apologetic about his actions the night before. “I take full responsibility for my actions,” Shildt told me before Saturday’s game. “It was completely unintentional. I made a poor decision.” The first year manager for the AA Springfield Cardinals went on to explain that it wasn’t until he heard the audible gasp from the crowd, that he realized he had hit First Base umpire Matt Benham. “The fact was that he was hit by it and I immediately apologized for it.”  In talking to a team official, Benham’s ejection report also indicated that it was clear that there was no intent to deliberately strike him with the helmet. Shildt began serving a three-game suspension Saturday night as his club went on to beat the Northwest Arkansas Naturals 3-2.

Mike Shildt is among a rare breed of minor league managers without major league playing experience, playing only college baseball for UNC-Asheville. He has served in various positions in the Cardinals minor league system for the past nine years. “This organization has been very good to me. I believe in the Cardinal organization completely.”

Shildt feared that posting this display to YouTube could result in serving to define his legacy with the organization and requested the video be taken down.  I, however, will be leaving the video up because of the exact opposite.  As indicated in the video, everybody in the ballpark could see that there was no intent to violently hit anyone with his helmet and the incident was more funny than anything else.  Plus, that’s not how Social Media works.  Within 24 hours of being posted online, the video had been viewed over 400 times.  The cat was out of the bag.

I do have a great deal of respect for Mike Shildt following our conversation and certainly don’t want any harm to befall him for making a mistake that ended up on the internet.  I think once you watch the entire video, you’ll agree that the event was unintentional.

We will have exclusive audio of Mike Shildt on Sunday’s Royalman Report at 7pm – RoyalmanReport.com.

What do you think? Sound off below.

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5 Responses to A Contrite Mike Shildt Gives His Side of the Story

  1. JASouthard says:

    Comedy certainly was present in that video. I just wish he would have pulled out the army routine complete with using the rosin bag as a grenade.

  2. H J says:

    I’ve known Mike for many years. He’s always possessed a hatred towards umpires. He hasn’t changed. I don’t care whether it was an accident or not, the fact is he did what he did. It was inexcusable. IMHO, he got off easy with only a three game suspension. Whether or not he’s paid to manage and win is irrelevant, what message will this send to kids who saw this? Sorry or not, doesn’t matter. I’ve know him over 20 plus years. I can understand coming out to argue to protect his players or lighting a match under his team, but he always has and still needs anger management.

  3. GetForReal says:

    I too have known Mike for years. He is a man of principle and integrity and has a passion and tremendous dedication to developing players and watching them grow and succeed. He is a credit to America’s favorite pastime and would never sell out by capitalizing on someone else’s MISTAKES such as posting it for the world to see on social media. I’m guessing the above poster is just another umpire that has made one too many bad calls. Posting this video on Youtube is more of a bad influence on kids than what Mike did in this video. Mike acted on emotion without throwing punches and then ACCIDENTALLY hit the umpire with his hat. God forbid he’s human.

  4. Easz88 says:

    I haven’t known Mike at all. I wouldn’t think that anyone would agree that what he did was smart, appropriate, necessary, controversial. He’s a manager, he got into a situation that got heated and he lost his cool just a tinsy too much at the end.

    Was he wrong? Maybe. Is it wrong to post that video to You Tube? No. Is it wrong to watch the video and then make assumptions about what happened. You bet.

    Opinions are great things to have and share, but often times, there’s always someone else to say, “You’re wrong!” and to that I say, “Who cares?!?”

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