ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The St. Louis Cardinals have promoted assistant general manager Michael Girsh to general manager, and GM John Mozeliak to President of Baseball Operations.

The Cardinals called a press conference Friday where president Bill DeWitt Jr., Mozeliak and Girsch announced the changes.

Mozeliak says the change is to keep up with the changes in the baseball industry. As other teams are adding manager roles in the baseball operations, he says this move will help the Cardinals stay competitive.

“Under Bill’s (DeWitt Jr.) leadership we have always been able to be on more of the cutting edge of this process,” Mozeliak says. “And I would like to think now that with this team in place we can continue to hit the fast-forward button and keep that foot on the gas for a while.”

He says in the near future his role in roster moves will stay similar, but over the remainder of the season Grisch’s “fingerprints” will be more prominent.

“I still think this is a team that can win,” Girsch says. “I think we are reaching a critical part in the season where that has to start soon, but my expectations of what the team can do going forward haven’t changed all that much.”

The trade deadline is on Tuesday, July 31, and the Cardinals are 3.5 games out of first place in the Central.

Girsch has been the assistant GM since 2011, and has been with the Cardinals organization since 2006. He was previously Coordinator of Amateur Scouting and Director of the newly created Baseball Development department.

Before working in baseball he was a consultant for companies who wanted to “successful integrate Latin American operations” in the Chicago area. He quit his job to “chase his dream” to be a GM of a baseball team.

Mozeliak was named the 12th GM in Cardinals history in October of 2007. In Mo’s 21 years with St. Louis he has worked as the assistant in scouting operations, scouting director, assistant GM and director of baseball operations.

Under Mozeliak, the Cardinals won the franchise’ 11th World Championship in 2011. Between 2011 and 2015 the Cardinals won more games than any other Major League team, with 465 win. Baseball America named the Cardinals the 2011 Organization of the Year, the first time the franchise had received the honor. Mo was the 2011 recipient of the Greatness in Baseball Yearly Executive of the Year award.

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