November 8, 2001
With the excitement of a five-game playoff series and the other buzz around baseball, it may have been easy to miss the goings-on in the Cardinals front office. But as the rest of the baseball world heads toward turmoil, the situation in St. Louis seems to be settled.
Bruce Manno, a former assistant general manager with both the Brewers and Orioles, was named the new farm director at the beginning of November. He replaces Mike Jorgensen, who took a position as a special assistant to GM Walt Jocketty in September.
“We’re pleased to have someone with Bruce’s experience and insight join the organization,” said Jocketty. “I’ve known Bruce for a long time. He has a great background in developing players, and he’s also had extensive experience working alongside Sal Bando and Frank Wren.”
Manno, 47, last worked as an assistant GM with the Orioles in 1999, and was the Brewers’ assistant GM from 1987-94. He was also the farm director in Milwaukee when the Brewers were named Baseball America’s Organization of the Year three years in a row from 1985-87. This season, he served as a consultant for the Cardinals, helping out the front office with arbitration cases and evaluating the system’s minor league talent.
“Ultimately we wanted to go with someone who had a lot of experience with this job,” Cardinals director of baseball operations John Mozeliak said. “And it came down to Bruce fitting that role and the success he’s had in filling that role.”
Jorgensen’s reassignment was amicable, as evidenced by a letter he sent to the Cardinals staff announcing his position switch.
“I am looking forward to new challenges as a special assistant to Walt Jocketty,” he wrote. “I am eager to get a look at the game from a different perspective and try to find ways to help our major league club continue to improve. I am enthused about having the opportunity to continue the respected tradition of the St. Louis Cardinals and to help our organization continue to be recognized as one of the very best in the game of baseball.”