The St. Louis Cardinals have witnessed quite a bit of change since the conclusion of the disappointing 2007 campaign. Long time general manager Walt Jocketty was dismissed. Next, John Mozeliak was named as the Cardinals new GM. Stalwarts such as Scott Rolen, Jim Edmonds, and David Eckstein are no longer wearing the Birds on the Bat.
Now, as the new season is about to begin, the Cards' long time team president, Mark Lamping, is stepping down. Named to his current post on September 1, 1994, the St. Louis native took over during a dark time for baseball and the Cardinals. A disagreement between the players and owners led to the cancellation of the World Series. In St. Louis, the storied franchise was struggling on the field and Busch Stadium II was beginning to show its age.
On Lamping's watch, the organization changed ownership as long-time owner Anheuser-Busch sold to the current group headed up by Cardinals' chairman Bill DeWitt, Jr. The organization next brought in Walt Jocketty, and Tony La Russa soon followed. Busch II received many updates to become a baseball park, not the multi-sports stadium it was built to be.
A National League Central title came in 1996 and an appearance in the National League Championship Series as well. In all, under Lamping's watch, the Cardinals won six National League Central titles, one wild card birth, two National League Pennants, and one World Championship. Also, Lamping helped spearhead the building of Busch Stadium III.
Lamping's next job title will be CEO of the New Meadowlands Stadium Company, overseeing the development of a new $1.4 billion stadium to be shared by the New York Jets and New York Giants. Bill DeWitt III, son of the Cardinals' chairman, has reportedly been chosen to succeed Lamping as the Cardinals' team president.
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