There was an unusual sight during last night’s Cards/Reds game in Cincinnati: St. Looie manager Oliver Marmol wore a jersey.
Here’s the story: Marmol, who is in his second season skippering the Cardinals (and who, at 36, is by far the youngest manager in the bigs), rarely wears the full uniform. He did wear a jersey for the opening series of this season and for last year’s National League Wild Card Game, but otherwise he almost always wears a hoodie or pullover. In fact, just yesterday we had a Ticker item about how he’d begun wearing the Cards’ new uni ad on the sleeve of his hoodie.
That sartorial proclivity did not sit well with longtime St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball columnist Rick “The Commish” Hummel, who died on Saturday. According to this obituary:
Current Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol and Hummel had multiple running jokes in recent seasons, such as Hummel’s preference that the manager not hide his jersey under a hoodie when making a pitching change. (“They gave you a number for a reason,” he explained.)
Similarly, per this article:
In Marmol’s office, Hummel found one of his favorite things to do — talk baseball — and a manager eager to parry and riposte with the best of questions from the best of ballwriters.
Even about the jersey.
Hummel felt the manager needed to wear and show his jersey, not hide it under a hoodie — or hide the fact he wasn’t wearing it at all.
So last night, Marmol paid tribute to Hummel the best way he knew how — by wearing his jersey:
Hall of Fame sports writer Rick Hummel always believed managers should wear their full uniform & he let #STLCards skipper Oli Marmol know it several times.
Tonight, Marmol (37) is wearing his jersey — and not a hoodie — to honor The Commish, who passed away this weekend. pic.twitter.com/FLNHDg9Mhk
— John Denton (@JohnDenton555) May 22, 2023
Yes, Oliver Marmol is wearing his No. 37 jersey tonight.
No, he is not wearing a hoodie over it.
— Derrick Goold (@dgoold) May 22, 2023
After the game, Marmol said:
“Once I got the phone call [informing me of Hummel’s passing], it was pretty clear to me to make sure that I wore [the jersey] tonight. He always asked me to wear it, at least on Opening Day.”