OLIVER J. MARMOL
Nickname:   N/A Position:   MANAGER
Home: N/A Team:   CARDINALS
Height: N/A Bats:   N/A
Weight: N/A Throws:   N/A
DOB: 7/2/1986 Agent: N/A
Uniform #: N/A  
Birth City: Orlando, FL
Draft: Cardinals #6 - 2007 - Out of College of Charleston (SC)
YR LEA TEAM SAL(K) G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO OBP SLG AVG
2007 - 2010: Cards Org                                
Personal
  • Marmol CLASS="highlight"> attended CLASS="highlight"> Dr. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> Phillips CLASS="highlight"> High CLASS="highlight"> School CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Orlando, CLASS="highlight"> Florida. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> drafted CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Pirates CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 31st CLASS="highlight"> round CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 2004 CLASS="highlight"> MLB CLASS="highlight"> draft.

    Oliver CLASS="highlight"> did CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> sign CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Pirates CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> attended CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> College CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Charleston, CLASS="highlight"> where CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> played CLASS="highlight"> college CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> College CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Charleston CLASS="highlight"> Cougars. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> batted CLASS="highlight"> . CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">327 CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> three CLASS="highlight"> seasons CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Cougars, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> drafted CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Cardinals CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> sixth CLASS="highlight"> round CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 2007 CLASS="highlight"> MLB CLASS="highlight"> draft, CLASS="highlight"> upon CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> urging CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> then-scout CLASS="highlight"> Mike CLASS="highlight"> Shildt.

  • Marmol CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> born CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> raised CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Florida, CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> time CLASS="highlight"> also CLASS="highlight"> spent CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Dominican CLASS="highlight"> Republic CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> speaks CLASS="highlight"> fluent CLASS="highlight"> Spanish.
  • Oliver CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> married CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> Amber CLASS="highlight"> Marmol. CLASS="highlight"> They CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> daughter CLASS="highlight"> together.
  • Marmol CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> two CLASS="highlight"> brothers CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> pastors. CLASS="highlight"> Marmol CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> wife CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> taken CLASS="highlight"> short-term CLASS="highlight"> missions CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> orphanages CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Guatemala CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Nicaragua.

    Oliver CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> Christian.

  • Marmol's journey CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Cardinals CLASS="highlight"> started CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> way CLASS="highlight"> back CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2007, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> decision CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> put CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> faith CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> trust CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> God CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> led CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> there.

    A CLASS="highlight"> star CLASS="highlight"> infielder CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> College CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Charleston, CLASS="highlight"> Marmol CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> getting CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> lot CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> buzz CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> prospect CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 2007 CLASS="highlight"> MLB CLASS="highlight"> Draft, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> agent CLASS="highlight"> strongly CLASS="highlight"> encouraged CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> play CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Cape CLASS="highlight"> Cod CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> improve CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> draft CLASS="highlight"> stock. CLASS="highlight"> Meanwhile, CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> guy CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> discipling CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> asked CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> pray CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> attending CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Summer CLASS="highlight"> Beach CLASS="highlight"> Project, CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> eight-week CLASS="highlight"> outreach CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> discipleship CLASS="highlight"> retreat CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> college-aged CLASS="highlight"> students, CLASS="highlight"> instead CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> playing CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Cape CLASS="highlight"> Cod CLASS="highlight"> League.

    At CLASS="highlight"> first, CLASS="highlight"> Marmol CLASS="highlight"> scoffed CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> it, CLASS="highlight"> telling CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> mentor CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> he’d CLASS="highlight"> pray CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> it, CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> while CLASS="highlight"> knowing CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> definitely CLASS="highlight"> playing CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Cape CLASS="highlight"> Cod CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> summer. CLASS="highlight"> A CLASS="highlight"> week CLASS="highlight"> later CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> mentor CLASS="highlight"> came CLASS="highlight"> back CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> him, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> told CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> never CLASS="highlight"> did CLASS="highlight"> pray CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> because CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> sure CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> doing CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> playing CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Cape CLASS="highlight"> Cod CLASS="highlight"> League. CLASS="highlight"> So CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> challenged once CLASS="highlight"> more: CLASS="highlight"> Take CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> night CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> pray CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> it, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> if CLASS="highlight"> it’s CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> no, CLASS="highlight"> it’s CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> no. CLASS="highlight"> But CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> least CLASS="highlight"> genuinely CLASS="highlight"> pray CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> it. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">

    “I CLASS="highlight"> remember CLASS="highlight"> walking CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> campus CLASS="highlight"> . CLASS="highlight"> . CLASS="highlight"> . CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> started CLASS="highlight"> praying CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> it, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> started CLASS="highlight"> tearing CLASS="highlight"> up,” CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> while CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> “Table CLASS="highlight"> Forty CLASS="highlight"> Podcast.” 

    He CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> heard CLASS="highlight"> God CLASS="highlight"> asking CLASS="highlight"> if CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> trust CLASS="highlight"> Him CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> take CLASS="highlight"> things CLASS="highlight"> into CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> own CLASS="highlight"> hands.

    “I CLASS="highlight"> called CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> agent CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> like, CLASS="highlight"> ‘Hey, CLASS="highlight"> I’m CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Cape, CLASS="highlight"> I’m going CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> Christian CLASS="highlight"> retreat,’ CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> let CLASS="highlight"> me CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> it,” CLASS="highlight"> Marmol CLASS="highlight"> said.

    Marmol CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> told CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> could CLASS="highlight"> pretty CLASS="highlight"> much CLASS="highlight"> kiss CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> chances CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> being CLASS="highlight"> drafted CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> 10 CLASS="highlight"> rounds CLASS="highlight"> goodbye.

    Yet, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Cardinals CLASS="highlight"> drafted CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> sixth CLASS="highlight"> round CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 2007 CLASS="highlight"> draft. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> since CLASS="highlight"> spent CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> entire CLASS="highlight"> professional CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> career, CLASS="highlight"> both CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> player CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> coach, CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Cardinals CLASS="highlight"> organization.

    “This CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> those CLASS="highlight"> opportunities CLASS="highlight"> where CLASS="highlight"> I’m CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> trust CLASS="highlight"> God,” CLASS="highlight"> Marmol CLASS="highlight"> recalled. CLASS="highlight"> “I’m CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> go CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> Christian CLASS="highlight"> retreat, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> then CLASS="highlight"> I’ll CLASS="highlight"> see CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> happens. CLASS="highlight"> It CLASS="highlight"> worked CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> where CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> went CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> 10 CLASS="highlight"> rounds CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> never CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> play CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Cape. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> went CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> good CLASS="highlight"> organization. CLASS="highlight"> It CLASS="highlight"> worked CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> really CLASS="highlight"> well, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> times CLASS="highlight"> where CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> really CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> like, CLASS="highlight"> ‘I’m CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> take CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> into CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> own CLASS="highlight"> hands CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> I’m CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> trust CLASS="highlight"> God CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> this.’”

    As CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> Marmol’s CLASS="highlight"> relationship CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> God, CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> brother CLASS="highlight"> Ronnie’s CLASS="highlight"> decision CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> attend CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> Christian CLASS="highlight"> conference CLASS="highlight"> years CLASS="highlight"> ago CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> eventually CLASS="highlight"> led CLASS="highlight"> Marmol CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> accepting CLASS="highlight"> Christ. CLASS="highlight"> They CLASS="highlight"> were CLASS="highlight"> both CLASS="highlight"> living CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> home CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Orlando, CLASS="highlight"> where CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> conference CLASS="highlight"> happened CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Ronnie CLASS="highlight"> would CLASS="highlight"> come CLASS="highlight"> home CLASS="highlight"> after CLASS="highlight"> each CLASS="highlight"> night CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> conference CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> share CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> Oliver CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> learned CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> day. CLASS="highlight"> Oli CLASS="highlight"> couldn’t CLASS="highlight"> help CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> notice CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> change CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> brother, CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> years CLASS="highlight"> struggled CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> drugs CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> other CLASS="highlight"> things.

    “I CLASS="highlight"> remember CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> sitting CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> night CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> listening CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> talk CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> me,” CLASS="highlight"> Marmol CLASS="highlight"> said, CLASS="highlight"> “and CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> started CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> make CLASS="highlight"> sense CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> far CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> like, CLASS="highlight"> ‘Man, CLASS="highlight"> there’s CLASS="highlight"> something CLASS="highlight"> I’ve CLASS="highlight"> been CLASS="highlight"> searching CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> never CLASS="highlight"> really CLASS="highlight"> knew CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> was.’”

    Later CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> night, CLASS="highlight"> Oliver’s CLASS="highlight"> oldest CLASS="highlight"> brother, CLASS="highlight"> Will, CLASS="highlight"> came home CLASS="highlight"> late, CLASS="highlight"> drunk.

    “It CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> clear CLASS="highlight"> distinction CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> moment CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> like, CLASS="highlight"> ‘Here’s CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> brother CLASS="highlight"> talking CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> discipleship CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Christ CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> joy CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> find CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> this, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> then CLASS="highlight"> here’s CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> other CLASS="highlight"> brother CLASS="highlight"> who’s CLASS="highlight"> laid CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> crazy CLASS="highlight"> night CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> knows CLASS="highlight"> what,'” CLASS="highlight"> Marmol CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> “It CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> very, CLASS="highlight"> like, CLASS="highlight"> I’m CLASS="highlight"> choosing CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> I’m CLASS="highlight"> choosing CLASS="highlight"> Christ CLASS="highlight"> over CLASS="highlight"> this.”

    Both CLASS="highlight"> brothers CLASS="highlight"> later CLASS="highlight"> became CLASS="highlight"> pastors.

    “That, CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> me, CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> prayed CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> receive CLASS="highlight"> Christ CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> started CLASS="highlight"> attending CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> Bible CLASS="highlight"> study CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> high CLASS="highlight"> school.

    Marmol CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> faith CLASS="highlight"> remains CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> center CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> does, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> now CLASS="highlight"> more CLASS="highlight"> than CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> decade CLASS="highlight"> later, CLASS="highlight"> he’s CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> content CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> decision CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> play CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> instead CLASS="highlight"> get CLASS="highlight"> into CLASS="highlight"> coaching.

    “I CLASS="highlight"> always CLASS="highlight"> knew CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> wanted CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> influence CLASS="highlight"> over CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> group CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> guys, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> best CLASS="highlight"> opportunity CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> would CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> being CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> staff CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> being CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> coach,” CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> podcast. CLASS="highlight"> “I’ve CLASS="highlight"> always CLASS="highlight"> been CLASS="highlight"> passionate CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> coaching. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> enjoyed CLASS="highlight"> playing, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> I’m CLASS="highlight"> probably CLASS="highlight"> more CLASS="highlight"> passionate CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> coaching CLASS="highlight"> than CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> playing.” CLASS="highlight"> (Cole CLASS="highlight"> Claybourn CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> SportsPectrum CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> 10/25/2021)

    CHASING CLASS="highlight"> THE CLASS="highlight"> AMERICAN CLASS="highlight"> DREAM

  • June CLASS="highlight"> 6, CLASS="highlight"> 2022: CLASS="highlight"> Orlando, CLASS="highlight"> Fla., CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> known CLASS="highlight"> more CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> its CLASS="highlight"> theme CLASS="highlight"> parks CLASS="highlight"> than CLASS="highlight"> its CLASS="highlight"> MLB CLASS="highlight"> ties, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> served CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> perfect CLASS="highlight"> place CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> U.S. CLASS="highlight"> reboot CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> Cardinals CLASS="highlight"> manager CLASS="highlight"> Oliver CLASS="highlight"> Marmol CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> tight-knit CLASS="highlight"> family.

    After CLASS="highlight"> Hurricane CLASS="highlight"> Andrew CLASS="highlight"> destroyed CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> family CLASS="highlight"> home CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 1992, CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> returned CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> their CLASS="highlight"> native CLASS="highlight"> Dominican CLASS="highlight"> Republic. CLASS="highlight"> Two CLASS="highlight"> years CLASS="highlight"> later, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Marmols CLASS="highlight"> picked CLASS="highlight"> Orlando CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> spot CLASS="highlight"> where CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> would CLASS="highlight"> chase CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> American CLASS="highlight"> dream CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> second CLASS="highlight"> time. CLASS="highlight"> Father, CLASS="highlight"> William, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> mother, CLASS="highlight"> Kuky, CLASS="highlight"> wanted CLASS="highlight"> their CLASS="highlight"> four CLASS="highlight"> sons—Will, CLASS="highlight"> Ronny, CLASS="highlight"> Erick CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Oliver—to CLASS="highlight"> get CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> education CLASS="highlight"> while CLASS="highlight"> playing CLASS="highlight"> baseball, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> America.

    Little CLASS="highlight"> did CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> know CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> time, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> baby CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> family, CLASS="highlight"> "Oli," CLASS="highlight"> would CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> most CLASS="highlight"> composed, CLASS="highlight"> serious CLASS="highlight"> minded CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> laser-focused CLASS="highlight"> member CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> family CLASS="highlight"> despite CLASS="highlight"> being CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> youngest CLASS="highlight"> son. CLASS="highlight"> Success CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> big-time CLASS="highlight"> level CLASS="highlight"> wasn't CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> possibility CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> him; CLASS="highlight"> instead, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> family CLASS="highlight"> always CLASS="highlight"> knew CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> Oli's CLASS="highlight"> purposeful CLASS="highlight"> drive CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> intentional CLASS="highlight"> actions CLASS="highlight"> put CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> collision CLASS="highlight"> course CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> greatness.

    "This CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> standard CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> set CLASS="highlight"> since CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> kid. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> operated CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> maturity CLASS="highlight"> level CLASS="highlight"> we CLASS="highlight"> didn't CLASS="highlight"> always CLASS="highlight"> understand, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> we CLASS="highlight"> were CLASS="highlight"> fans CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> it," CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> Will, CLASS="highlight"> Oliver's CLASS="highlight"> older CLASS="highlight"> brother CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> nine CLASS="highlight"> years CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> now CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> pastor CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> Genesis CLASS="highlight"> Church CLASS="highlight"> Orlando. CLASS="highlight"> "We CLASS="highlight"> were CLASS="highlight"> always CLASS="highlight"> like, CLASS="highlight"> 'We're CLASS="highlight"> older CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> we're CLASS="highlight"> supposed CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> take CLASS="highlight"> care CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> you!' CLASS="highlight"> But CLASS="highlight"> Oli CLASS="highlight"> never CLASS="highlight"> needed CLASS="highlight"> that. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> laid CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> groundwork CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> how CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be. CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> three CLASS="highlight"> older CLASS="highlight"> brothers, CLASS="highlight"> we CLASS="highlight"> were CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> cheerleaders CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> we CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> front CLASS="highlight"> row CLASS="highlight"> seats CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> popcorn CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> movie, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> we CLASS="highlight"> wanted CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> see CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> would CLASS="highlight"> do. CLASS="highlight"> He's CLASS="highlight"> never CLASS="highlight"> gone CLASS="highlight"> away CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> demeanor."

  • Fast-forward CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> today, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> even CLASS="highlight"> though CLASS="highlight"> Marmol CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> MLB's CLASS="highlight"> youngest CLASS="highlight"> manager CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> 35, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> comfortable CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> own CLASS="highlight"> skin CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> competent CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> leading CLASS="highlight"> men CLASS="highlight"> older CLASS="highlight"> than CLASS="highlight"> him—namely CLASS="highlight"> superstars CLASS="highlight"> Albert CLASS="highlight"> Pujols CLASS="highlight"> (42), CLASS="highlight"> Adam CLASS="highlight"> Wainwright CLASS="highlight"> (40) CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Yadier CLASS="highlight"> Molina CLASS="highlight"> (39). CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">

    Marmol CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Cardinals CLASS="highlight"> sitting CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> season-best CLASS="highlight"> nine CLASS="highlight"> games CLASS="highlight"> over CLASS="highlight"> .500, CLASS="highlight"> tied CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> loss CLASS="highlight"> column CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Brewers CLASS="highlight"> atop CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> NL CLASS="highlight"> Central CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> winners CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> 12 CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> 17 CLASS="highlight"> games. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> Many CLASS="highlight"> Cardinals CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> been CLASS="highlight"> quick CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> credit CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> club's CLASS="highlight"> success CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> Marmol's CLASS="highlight"> ability CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> push CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> right CLASS="highlight"> buttons—whether CLASS="highlight"> it's CLASS="highlight"> been CLASS="highlight"> handling CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> team's CLASS="highlight"> veteran CLASS="highlight"> core, CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> trust CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> franchise's CLASS="highlight"> nine CLASS="highlight"> players CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> made CLASS="highlight"> MLB CLASS="highlight"> debuts CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> very CLASS="highlight"> blunt CLASS="highlight"> honesty. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">

    "Much CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> success CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> because CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> how CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> raised CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> knowing CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> ever CLASS="highlight"> take CLASS="highlight"> anything CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> granted," CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> Pujols. CLASS="highlight"> "Oli's CLASS="highlight"> parents CLASS="highlight"> sacrificed CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> lot CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> give CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> opportunities CLASS="highlight"> he's CLASS="highlight"> had. CLASS="highlight"> He's CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> example CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> testimony CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> somebody CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> doesn't CLASS="highlight"> think CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> get CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> certain CLASS="highlight"> level; CLASS="highlight"> Oli's CLASS="highlight"> somebody CLASS="highlight"> who's CLASS="highlight"> doing CLASS="highlight"> it. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">"

    With CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Cardinals CLASS="highlight"> opening CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> three-game CLASS="highlight"> set CLASS="highlight"> vs. CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Rays, CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> group CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> 35-or-so CLASS="highlight"> family CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> friends CLASS="highlight"> will CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> Tropicana CLASS="highlight"> Field CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> support CLASS="highlight"> Marmol. CLASS="highlight"> Marmol CLASS="highlight"> learned CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> value CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> hard CLASS="highlight"> work, CLASS="highlight"> discipline CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> adaptability CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> father CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> mother CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> worked CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> provide CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> brothers. CLASS="highlight"> As CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> 140-pound CLASS="highlight"> sophomore CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> Orlando's CLASS="highlight"> Dr. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> Phillips CLASS="highlight"> High CLASS="highlight"> School, CLASS="highlight"> Marmol CLASS="highlight"> once CLASS="highlight"> homered CLASS="highlight"> off CLASS="highlight"> Zack CLASS="highlight"> Greinke. CLASS="highlight"> His CLASS="highlight"> home CLASS="highlight"> base CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Orlando CLASS="highlight"> expanded CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> horizons CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> taught CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> how CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> deal CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> people CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> different CLASS="highlight"> cultures. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">

    "Orlando CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> so CLASS="highlight"> important CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> me CLASS="highlight"> because CLASS="highlight"> that's CLASS="highlight"> where CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> met CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> wife CLASS="highlight"> Amber, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> we CLASS="highlight"> started CLASS="highlight"> dating CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> junior CLASS="highlight"> year CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> high CLASS="highlight"> school," CLASS="highlight"> Marmol CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "I CLASS="highlight"> loved CLASS="highlight"> so CLASS="highlight"> much CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> being CLASS="highlight"> there, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> school CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> went CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> so CLASS="highlight"> much CLASS="highlight"> diversity CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> great. CLASS="highlight"> There CLASS="highlight"> were CLASS="highlight"> so CLASS="highlight"> many CLASS="highlight"> kids CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> different CLASS="highlight"> places, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> unbelievable CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> me. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> exposed CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> so CLASS="highlight"> many CLASS="highlight"> different CLASS="highlight"> cultures, CLASS="highlight"> backgrounds CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> viewpoints CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> good CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> me. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">"

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          POST-PLAYING CAREER POSITIONS

  • 2011: Marmol became the hitting coach of the Gulf Coast Cardinals of the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League.

  • 2012: Oliver became manager of the Johnson City Cardinals of the Rookie-level Appalachian League, and led the team to the postseason.

  • 2013: Marmol managed the State College Spikes of the New York-Penn League.
  • 2014: Oliver returned to State College and won the league's championship.

  • 2015-2016: He was promoted and managed Palm Beach for two seasons.

  • 2017-2018: The Cardinals named Marmol their first base coach.

  • 2019: The Cardinals shifted Marmol to bench coach.

  • Oct 25, 2021: He was promoted to manager of the Cardinals. Oliver became the 51st manager in Cardinals history.

    "Oli understands what we've been trying to do, what we need to do, what we want to do in the future," Cards president of baseball operations, John Mozeliak said. "From a leadership standpoint, Oli was the right man for the job at this time."

    Marmol relates, "I've seen the inner workings of what it entails as a right-hand man for the previous manager. I have a sense for what the day-to-day of this position looks like. Obviously there are more media responsibilities and things like that nature." (Stan McNeal - Cardinals Magazine - Jan. 2022)