Spikes manager Oliver Marmol on his 2013 club

Oliver Marmol, manager of the St. Louis Cardinals short-season Class-A club in State College, speaks.

When the New Jersey Cardinals were purchased and moved to State College, Pa. prior to the 2006 season, the existing player development contract between the franchise and the St. Louis Cardinals had one year remaining.

It seemed obvious from the start that the club, which became the State College Spikes, would align with the nearby Pittsburgh Pirates as soon as possible. Before that happened, however, the Cardinals and then-manager Mark DeJohn delivered a winning record during the Spikes' initial season.

A winning season was something the new parent Pirates could not accomplish any time in the intervening six years. Ready for a change, Spikes ownership and the Cardinals rejoined in the New York-Penn League starting in 2013.

The club of new manager Oliver Marmol got out of the gates quickly this summer. They logged the fastest start in franchise history before slowing down somewhat in the last two road series at Aberdeen and State College.

Marmol (white-framed glasses on his cap) addresses his team

On Sunday, I spoke with the skipper about bringing his club together and what he sees ahead.


Upcoming interviews to include Mitch Harris, Mason Katz, Gary La Rocque and Mark DeJohn.

Interview previously posted: Spikes third baseman Carson Kelly.

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