SKIP Jared Michael SCHUMAKER
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Nickname:   N/A Position:   MANAGER
Home: N/A Team:   MARLINS
Height: 5' 10" Bats:   L
Weight: 190 Throws:   R
DOB: 2/3/1980 Agent: N/A
Uniform #: N/A  
Birth City: Torrance, CA
Draft: Cardinals #5 - 2001 - Out of UC-Santa Barbara
YR LEA TEAM SAL(K) G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO OBP SLG AVG
2001 NYP NEW JERSEY   49 162 22 41 10 1 0 14 11   29 33     .253
2002 CAR POTOMAC   136 551 71 158 22 4 2 44 26   45 84     .287
2003 SL TENNESSEE   91 342 43 86 20 3 2 22 6   37 54     .251
2004 SL TENNESSEE   138 516 78 163 29 6 4 43 19   60 61     .316
2005 PCL MEMPHIS   116 443 66 127 25 3 7 34 13   29 54     .287
2005 NL CARDINALS $316.00 27 24 9 6 1 0 0 1 1 0 2 2 .308 .292 .250
2006 PCL MEMPHIS   95 369 47 113 13 3 3 27 11 4 23 48   .382 .306
2006 NL CARDINALS   28 54 3 10 1 0 1 2 2 1 5 6 .254 .259 .185
2007 NL CARDINALS $382.00 88 177 19 59 12 2 2 19 1 1 8 20 .358 .458 .333
2007 PCL SPRINGFIELD   59 232 34 71 16 0 7 31 2 3 27 37   .466 .306
2008 NL CARDINALS $396.00 153 540 87 163 22 5 8 46 8 2 47 60 .359 .406 .302
2009 NL CARDINALS $430.00 153 532 85 161 34 1 4 35 2 2 52 69 .364 .393 .303
2010 NL CARDINALS $2,000.00 137 476 66 126 18 1 5 42 5 3 43 64 .328 .338 .265
2011 NL CARDINALS $2,750.00 117 367 34 104 19 0 2 38 0 2 27 50 .333 .351 .283
2012 PCL MEMPHIS   7 21 5 6 2 0 0 0 1 0 4 3 .400 .381 .286
2012 NL CARDINALS   107 272 37 75 14 4 1 28 1 1 27 50 .339 .368 .276
2013 NL DODGERS $1,500.00 125 319 31 84 16 0 2 30 2 2 28 54 .332 .332 .263
2014 IL LOUISVILLE   4 12 1 5 4 0 0 3 0 0 1 3 .462 .750 .417
2014 NL REDS $2,000.00 83 247 22 58 12 0 2 22 2 1 18 50 .287 .308 .235
2015 NL REDS $2,500.00 131 244 23 59 20 0 1 21 2 2 23 51 .306 .336 .242
Personal
  • When Schumaker was 5 years old and living in Southern California, he had a chance encounter with Tommy Lasorda and Orel Hershiser at a restaurant, both of whom signed his baseball glove with "To a future Dodger ..." And, indeed, it was true. Skip later became a Dodger.

    When he reached the Major Leagues with the Cardinals, Schumaker was given uniform number 55, which "happened to be Orel's number and I stuck with it." When he joined the Dodgers in 2013, he initially wore #3, but switched to #55 when it became available.

  • After his freshman year, Schumaker transferred from Loyola Marymount to the University of California-Santa Barbara.
  • Skip got his strong work ethic from his Dad, Wayne, who would get up every morning at 4:00 a.m., leave for work at 5:00, and drive 90 minutes to work for the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors in Marina del Rey. After work, Wayne Schumaker made the 65-mile drive back, getting home at 7:00 p.m.

    His son describes the father as a 110 percenter, a guy committed to his job but also committed enough to family that he moved it to a safer, more comfortable setting, even if it meant a hellish round trip five times a week.

    "We never, ever heard him complain about it," recalls the son. "We'd eat dinner, be done with our day, and Dad would get home. He never brought a bad day or the traffic home. He never wanted a break from us—not even five minutes. Dad was always in good spirits when he got there."

    Skip's mother, Marlene, still works as a teacher's aide with autistic children. His sister is married and has a family.  (Joe Strauss-St. Louis Post Dispatch-3/06/11)

  • His real first name is Jared, but Skip, as he wants to be known as, said, "I haven't been called Jared since I was 5 or 6 years old."

  • Before the 2004 season, Skip hired a personal trainer, Jeff Moss, who designed a three-times-a-week workout. He followed it tirelessly.
  • In 2005, the Baseball America Prospect Handbook rated Schumaker as 20th-best prospect in the Cardinal farm system. And they had him at #19 in the spring of 2006.

    In 2007, they had Skip as #29 in the St. Louis organization.

  • In August and September of 2006, Skip helped Team USA win the Olympic qualifying tournament, beating Cuba 8-5 in front of 45,000 fans in Havana. Team USA qualified for the 2008 Olympics, as did Cuba.

    Schumaker finished the tournament with a .405 average (15 for 37), 6 walks, and 15 runs scored.

    Skip then joined the Cardinals for the last three weeks of the 2006 National League season.

  • Former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said of Skip: "He is one of those guys who gets overlooked. But if you closely examine his history, he's always been associated with winners. The more you watch him play, the more you see him do things that help his team win."

  • In October 2010, after taking a couple of weeks off, Schumaker began workouts with LA County SWAT member Jim Moss, beginning his fifth winter with the cross-training grind that former teammate Jim Edmonds once described as "just shy of torture."

    Moss focuses on core strength, cardio work, and gut-busting. Schumaker, with suggestions from Cardinals strength coach Pete Prinzi in hand, will gear some workouts to flexibility and explosive first steps. He wants to be able to get into a crouch a thousand times and not worry about pulling a hamstring (as he did), dealing with a sore groin (as he did), or having weary legs (as he did). He wants quicker jumps to grounders.

  • During winter workouts before 2011 spring training, Skip also trained alongside former St. Louis Blues left wing Paul Kariya. Conversation with Kariya made it clear that "I was preparing not to fail instead of preparing to win and succeed. That's a huge difference. It's a new mindset."

  • Those who describe Schumaker paint the picture of a grounded person and a family man. The name Fitzgerald is tattooed on his left bicep—a tribute to his grandfather. On his right shoulder, Brody, his 6-year-old son's little footprints are tattooed. And on the inside of his right wrist, his daughter Presley's name is permanently inked into his skin. (2014)

  • Skip and his wife, Lindsey, have two children, son Brody Hudson and daughter Presley Rowan.

  • When I have time for myself:  "When I don't go to school, I surf. I like to surf a lot. I feel like the ocean and the beach are stress relievers. My Dad was in charge of the lifeguards for 30-plus years in Los Angeles County, so I grew up around the water."

  • Skip was named as the club's winner of the 2014 Heart and Hustle Award. Given by the Major League Players Alumni Association each year, the award honors players "who demonstrate a passion for the game and best embody the values, spirits and tradition of the game. (7/22/14)

  • Schumaker's charity largely extends to children. He's led monthly hospital visits to the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and contributed to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Schumaker is also an advocate of the Jessie Rees Foundation, which supports children fighting cancer.

    "He's been great," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "He's been very involved in the Reds community and in fundraising and being involved in the hospital visitations for the children's portion of the hospital visits. He gets it." (Kramer - mlb.com - 9/16/14)

  • Schumaker is a veteran who understands his role on the Reds bench. Schumaker realizes that to achieve his personal big-picture dream of reaching the World Series again, he has to put his personal statistics on the back burner. Skip has been on playoff teams four times, including the World Champs 2011 Cardinals.

    "My goal at this stage of my career is to win another ring," Schumaker said. "People say that but some people just want big numbers. Of course, I want to have success but there is nothing better than being the last man standing on the field—nothing better in the world. I just hope that guys here experience that . . . once you taste that, you want it back. That's what I want. Helping guys get there is a good thing."

    To get there, Schumaker knows that would mean less playing time, personally.

    "I was telling Jay Bruce the other day that if I play more than starting a few games, we've got problems," Schumaker said. "I expect everybody in our starting lineup to play 150-plus games. If you see the really good teams, very rarely is their starting lineup taking days off."

    Schumaker can play all three outfield positions and second base.

    "I expect that to happen. That means we are doing really good. That's what I'm hoping for," Schumaker said. "You don't want your bench guys starting 50-80 games. That means we've got problems, and injury problems." (Mark Sheldon - MLB.com - March 13, 2015)

  • Schumaker said he got the nickname "Skip" from his dad during his Tee ball days. There were already a few boys with the name Jared on the team, so his dad said with all his athleticism he still was not able to skip, thus he started calling him "Skip."

  • In 2015, Skip was driving a TLS Mercedes.
  • Schu is a big football fan. He loves fantasy football.

  • Skip says he admires, "People who do things for other people off the field. So, if I think you're totally into the game just for yourself and not using it as a platform to help others, I think you're in there for the wrong reasons.

    "Obviously, we're here and we're lucky enough to play a sport for a living and play a game for a living, but it you're not doing it to help others outside, I think you're missing the boat."

  • You would be hard-pressed to come up with a better teammate than Schu. He's a guy you just have to root for.

  • Make no mistake about it, the Padres signed Schumaker to a Minor League deal with an invite to Spring Training 2016 because they thought he has something tangible to offer the team on the field.  Aside from being an accomplished pinch-hitter, from the left side to boot, and someone who can play multiple positions, Schumaker is equipped with another distinct skillset that can potentially help the Padres.

    "Leadership," said Padres rookie outfielder Travis Jankowski, who was 10 the year Schumaker was drafted by the Cardinals in 2001. "He cares about every one of us. He's been a true class act. He's engaging and friendly. He's been a class act. Skip's just a genuine guy when it comes down to it." That's very heady praise for a player Jankowski has known for one month.  

    "He is," said Padres first-year manager Andy Green, "as advertised."

    Schumaker is trying to crack the 25-man Opening Day 2016 roster in what will very well be his final season in the big leagues. He came to the Padres as someone who has World Series rings from his time with the Cardinals (2006, 2011) and has won over teammates in every clubhouse he has entered with his words and his work ethic. He's never once taken this for granted.

    "I didn't think I would have one day in the big leagues. I know it's a short window, being a player," Schumaker said. "I love the game. I know it won't be there forever."  He's forever been a grinder, and Schumaker spent the early part of his career in a perpetual state of fighting to remain on a big league roster.

    "I didn't really enjoy it as much because I was trying to stay afloat. I was trying to stay up [in the big leagues] day by day," he said. "The anxiety, up and down seven times in my career, that part was difficult. It's never been completely enjoyable, more trying to embrace the grind instead of trying to enjoy my time."

    Postseason baseball, beginning in 2006 with the Cardinals, though he didn't play. That was followed by playoff trips in '09, '11, '12 and '13.  "That's when I started really enjoying it," Schumaker said. "When you start to win and get to the playoffs, there's nothing better than that."

    Of the elements that rates as high as playoff experience, Schumaker said, is being able to have a presence in the clubhouse and on impressionable teammates. He was once that guy himself, a rookie with the Cardinals in 2005 when John Mabry took him under his wing. Mabry was 34, Schumaker was 25.  Mabry stressed the importance of developing your own routine. He insisted that Schumaker share a cab with him to the ballpark, picked out restaurants. Mabry provided something beyond what was required of him by his employer. That's something Schumaker has never lost sight of.

    "I was lucky coming up with an organization where veterans showed players the right way," Schumaker said. "If I can be that guy for the younger kids, then you start creating that culture. If I can make an impact on Cory Spangenberg or Jankowski, then I feel like I've done my job."  (Brock - MLB.com - 3/8/16)

  • March 9, 2016:  Schumaker sent a text message to Andy Green, informing the Padres' manager that he planned to retire.

  • Nov 15, 2021: The Cardinals announced the return of Skip Schumaker to the organization as its big league bench coach, injecting another source of leadership behind newly minted manager Oliver Marmol — and one who has spent time playing in the big leagues.

    The club also finalized its coaching staff for 2022. In a mostly unchanged group behind Marmol, Turner Ward was the lone addition alongside Schumaker, joining the Cardinals as their assistant hitting coach following the departure of Jobel Jiménez, who has reportedly accepted a role in the Angels' organization.

  • Oct 26, 2022:  Skip Schumaker was named the 16th manager in Marlins history and will succeed Don Mattingly, who was the club's longest tenured and winningest skipper.

    This will be the first managerial job for Schumaker, who played 11 Major League seasons with the Cardinals, Dodgers and Reds from 2005-15. He was on World Series-winning Cardinals clubs in 2006 and ‘11. The utilityman finished with a .278/.337/.364 slash line and 28 homers in 1,149 career games. Schumaker played for Mattingly’s Dodgers in 2013, helping the club win the National League West and reach the NL Championship Series.

    Schumaker was a two-time nominee for the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award, which is given to a player who exhibits inspirational leadership on the field and in the community. In 2009, he received the Darryl Kile Award, presented annually to the Cardinals and Astros player who best exemplifies Kile's traits of "a good teammate, a great friend, a fine father and a humble man." The winner is determined by each local chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.  

    “After an extensive process, it is with great pride and excitement that we announce Skip Schumaker as manager of the Miami Marlins as we welcome him, his wife, Lindsey, and children, Presley and Brody, to the Marlins family,” Marlins chairman and principal owner Bruce Sherman said. “Skip has a long list of distinguished accomplishments as both a player and a coach that showcase the remarkable individual he is as well as the high level of credibility and leadership he will bring to the dugout and the Marlins organization. He has an incredible passion and winning spirit that will set the course for the Marlins franchise.” (CD Nicola - MLB.com - Oct 26, 2022)

  • March 2023: Skip is a first-time manager. 

    Birthdate: Feb. 3, 1980 (43 years old)       Hometown: Torrance, California

    Beginnings: Selected by St. Louis in the fifth round of the 2001 MLB Draft

    Teams: Cardinals, Dodgers, Reds

    Post-playing career: Padres assistant to baseball operations and player development (2016-17), first-base coach ('18-19) and associate manager ('20-21); Cardinals bench coach ('22)

    Accolades: Two-time World Series champion with St. Louis

    Favorite Ted Lasso character: Keeley Jones      Favorite Ted Lasso episode: “The Diamond Dogs” (Season 1, Episode 8)

    Here's a Q&A with the Marlins skipper about Ted Lasso and other things:

    MLB.com: Ted Lasso had biscuits with the boss. What would be your snack of choice? Schumaker: I love breakfast, so if I could get anything, it'd be a blueberry pancake breakfast.

    MLB.com: "Believe" is his mantra. What's yours? Schumaker: It's called CAPE: Communication, alignment, preparation, execution. Believe is great, but CAPE has more meaning to me.

    MLB.com: Have you ever tried to pull off a mustache and a visor? Schumaker: I definitely tried to pull off a mustache. There's pictures of me holding my son, and my wife made multiple comments of why I needed to remove that mustache. It's not a great look. But we were in a funk in 2009, and so we had team mustaches, and there's a reason why I don't have it anymore. I don't understand the visor, because it doesn't cover your head, so that's never made any sense to me.

    MLB.com: Ted Lasso gave his son a drone, and the drone won out on spending time with him. Is there a gift you've given your kids that they've enjoyed so much that they didn't want to. Schumaker: Yeah, a phone! The phone's been a nightmare. I think that any parent will tell you that the phone has taken over.

    MLB.com: Do you know what offsides is? Schumaker: Yes. My wife played college soccer. My daughter's all-in on soccer, so she would scream, "Get onside, you're off" all the time during the games when she was younger. So I found out quickly what offsides was.

    MLB.com: Ted's secret talent is darts. What's yours? Schumaker: I wish it was the darts. That would be really cool. There's not really like this secret talent. It's definitely not darts. I'm not good at it at all. Let me think on this. I would say bodyboarding. I like to surf, but bodyboarding I can do. As a kid, we used to compete, so I have an idea of what I'm doing for bodyboarding. I'm a better bodyboarder than surfer.

    MLB.com: What would be your karaoke song? Schumaker: Blink-182's "All the Small Things."

    MLB.com: Do you need the screen? Schumaker: No, I know the lyrics.

    MLB.com: Ted took an "Us-ie" with someone on the plane over to London. Who would you want to take one with? Anybody in the world, dead or alive. Schumaker: Roberto Clemente. I knew of him, or what he'd done in the game. I won the Roberto Clemente Award, which was pretty special, but I didn't really know exactly everything he did. Albert Pujols took us to the Roberto Clemente Museum in Pittsburgh, and since then, I've been all-in on Roberto. I've quoted him many times, so that would be the selfie I would probably like to take. (CD Nicola - MLB.com - March 13, 2023)

  • Nov 14, 2023: -- Skip Schumaker never expected he'd become a big league manager, much less an award-winning one.

    When it came time for the announcement of National League Manager of the Year, Schumaker thought he had no shot. So his son went to baseball practice while his daughter and wife watched nearby.

    And yet, it was Schumaker's name called as the winner, as voted on by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. With 72 votes, he beat out finalists Craig Counsell (51) and Brian Snitker (48), the latter matching Miami's skipper with eight first-place votes. Schumaker appeared on all but six of the 30 ballots, which had to be sent in before the postseason began.Full voting results

    "I dreamt of playing in the Major Leagues one day, and then I fell in love with coaching, and then I got this opportunity," said Schumaker, who won two World Series with the Cardinals over an 11-year MLB career. "I never once during the season [was like], 'Oh, if I win two more games, I'm going to maybe have a shot of winning the Manager of the Year.' That's insane. Nobody really thinks of that. I hope not, because you shouldn't be in that seat. It was never about me. I just did whatever I could to win that day." (CD Nicola - MLB.com - Nov 14, 2023)

  • Jan 4, 2024: Skip Schumaker might’ve won the National League Manager of the Year Award in his first season at the helm, but he’d be the first to tell you he still has lots to learn. 

    Well before the Marlins hired him in October 2022, Schumaker had consumed plenty of content about the greatest coaches across all sports. Then he got to meet one of his inspirations, Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra, before the team played the Los Angeles Clippers in Southern California. 

    Schumaker can somewhat thank his 16-year-old son, Brody, for the opportunity. Schumaker and his wife, Lindsey, wanted to gift their two kids, Brody and Presley, experiences rather than material goods this Christmas. After debating between attending the Rose Bowl and the basketball game, Brody picked the latter, much to his father’s delight. 

    “I think for me and for him, you just want to see the best do their jobs -- whether it's the high-caliber coaching or it's the NBA players up close,” Schumaker said. “[We’ve been to] NFL, we've been to hockey games that are right on the ice, and inside the clubhouse, and watching them do their thing. Just seeing the elite get after it, there's a common trend of work. That's what you see no matter what sport. For me, it's really cool to have your kids experience that part of it. It's not just the talent. These guys get after it every day.”

  • Following Brody’s decision, Schumaker reached out to Marlins personnel, who connected with the Heat to coordinate everything. Decked out in a Heat hat he purchased at the 2023 NBA Finals, Skip and Brody arrived for shootaround and chatted with players like Duncan Robinson.  

    About an hour before tip-off, Schumaker then spoke with Spoelstra for 20-30 minutes. Spoelstra is in his 16th season as head coach of the Heat and his 29th in the organization. Since taking over for Hall of Famer Pat Riley, Spoelstra has led the Heat to six conference titles and two NBA championships. In February 2022, he was chosen as one of the 15 greatest coaches in NBA history as part of the league’s 75th Anniversary Season celebration. 

    “I will say that after listening and reading all this stuff for the last 12-15 years on Spo, and finally getting to talk with him, everything that was written or said, or the podcasts I've listened to on him, it was pretty spot on,” Schumaker said. “You're doing something right when you're in the same organization as a head coach for as long as he's done it, that he's been there with so much turnover, so many different rosters, players and personalities. That's what a winning, sustainable organization looks like, right? When you have that stability at the top?”  

  • While fans show up to watch the players, Schumaker studies the coaches. From his seat behind the bench, not too far from Riley, Schumaker paid attention to how Spoelstra and his staff interacted with the players -- whether it be during pregame or timeouts.
     
    Playing without superstar Jimmy Butler, the Heat fell, 121-104. But the team treated everything as business as usual from the preparation to in-game adjustments. Schumaker saw coaches that weren’t afraid to teach, having developed strong relationships with “genuine, high-character” players. The game evolves, and so has Spoelstra. Schumaker found it refreshing that the NBA coach’s messaging hasn’t gotten stale -- a testament to who he is. 

    “It was just really cool to hear him talk about that and see the strength coaches interact with the players and so much energy with the coaching staff,” Schumaker said. “The players obviously buy into all their messaging, and it was just really, really cool to sit back and watch.”

    Schumaker hopes it’s not the last time the pair crosses paths. Spoelstra, who was shown on the loanDepot park jumbotron during the 2023 season, had brought his tee-ball team to a Marlins game. Since it was so last minute, he and Schumaker weren’t able to connect. 

    “It's not surprising once you meet him [to see] why they are where they are,” Schumaker said. “His quote is, ‘How you do anything is how you do everything.’ I remember him talking about LeBron [James] putting together his locker or making it neat and tidy. That just kind of shows how he is and how he goes about things. It feels like he's super regimented.  

    “There's a lot of non-negotiables, just watching their routines. It's somebody you strive to be at some point in your career, right? I mean, I've got a long way to go, a really long way to go. Just to see him and how he interacts with the players and how he interacts with his coaching staff and how he empowers his coaches, it's just everything that you strive for one day.” (CD Nicola - MLB.com - Jan 4, 2024)

         TRANSACTIONS

  • June 2001: The Cardinals chose Skip in the 5th round, out of UC-Santa Barbara.

  • February 9, 2010: Schu and the Cardinals avoided salary arbitration when they agreed on a two-year, $4.7 million contract. It called for $2 million in 2010 and $2.7 million in 2011, plus $300,000 in incentives.

  • December 12, 2011: Skip and the Cardinals agreed on a two-year, $3 million contract, receiving $1.5 million per season, plus performance bonuses.

  • Dec 12, 2012: The Dodgers sent SS Jake Lemmerman to the Cardinals, acquiring Schumaker.

  • Nov 18, 2013: The Reds agreed to a two-year deal with Skip. It calls for a $2 million base for 2014 and $2.5 million in 2015. The deal includes a club option for 2016 with a $2.5 million base and a $500,000 buyout.

  • February 9, 2016: Schumaker signed with the Padres organization. But he retired before the regular season began.
Batting
  • Skip is a solid lefthanded hitter who makes very good contact. He can leadoff or hit second if he will draw a few more walks.
  • Skip doesn't hit many home runs, but he can rack up a bunch of doubles. His game is putting the ball in play, hitting line-drive ropes.
  • In 2004, Tennessee Smokies hitting coach Steve Balboni worked with Schumaker. "He helped me a lot," Skip said. "He changed my hands, my whole approach about hittering and hitting in certain counts. He's the best I've ever worked with. I can't say enough good things about him My hands, my approach, my legs . . . he did a full tune-up. I owe a lot to Balboni."

    HELP FROM MCGWIRE

  • In 2006, Schumaker put in extensive work with Triple-A Memphis hitting coach Rick Eckstein as a member of Team USA. And then he received personal instruction from Mark McGwire over the winter before the 2007 season.

  • More Mark McGwire help in the offseason before the start of the 2008 campaign kept Skip hitting well.

    "The last two (2007 and 2008) offseasons, I worked with him for a few weeks straight, three or four hours a day," Schumaker said, explaining McGwire's assistance. "I didn't know how it was going to work, because he's a completely different hitter than me. I'm a base-hit hitter, he's a power guy; but hitting's hitting, and it really worked out."

  • Schumaker credits McGwire with helping his career.

    "Most people would never associate a hitter like me with a great slugger like Mark," Skip said in 2008. "But he is a tremendous teacher, as well as an incredibly generous person with his time and knowledge. There isn't enough I can say to thank him for what he did for me."

  • Skip's last season as a player was 2015. His career stats: batting average of .278 with 28 home runs and 284 RBI in 3,252 at-bats in the Majors.
Fielding
  • Schumacher's speed was useful in center field, where he also displays a very strong arm. It's strong enough arm for right field.
  • As a pitcher at UC-Santa Barbara, he was clocked at 94 mph in intrasquad games.
  • He was very good with the glove in center field. And Skip is an aggressive outfielder. He has excellent closing speed to the ball and gets a great jump in pursuit of any ball in his area.
  • In 2009 spring training, Schumaker converted to second base with the Cardinals.

    His conversion was abetted by coaches Jose Oquendo and Joe Pettini, with Oquendo doing most of the heavy lifting early in the spring. By the end of camp, Skip was considered "nearly average" on defense at second, with ongoing improvement. 

    Oquendo stressed to relax and not to rush a play.

    "It's like a quarterback going from the college to the pros," Oquendo said. "The first thing they tell him is that you've got to slow down the game so you can see the whole field. It's the same thing here. He's got to slow down the game so he can make the plays more comfortably instead of rushing and throwing the ball where the other guys are not ready to receive it, or he throws it so hard that it's tough to catch.''

    Schumaker admits it was overwhelming, especially at first. And even now, Skip admitted, "It gets embarrassing at times when you have multiple-error games but . . . every single ball coming to me at second base is new. I had never played there before."

    As the season started, Skip was worried about "being a liability. I was worried for (the pitchers). Guys at first and third, I was worried. Turning the double play, I was worried. I was worried about all of these situations."

    But Schumaker developed into a very solid glove, very quickly. His range is now above average. By mid-season in 2009, Tony La Russa was no longer putting in a defensive replacement and actually hoped the ball would be hit to Skip in a tense situation.

  • Baseball Info Solutions tracks fielders' plus/minus rating, awarding a plus for plays outside an infielder's assigned zone and a minus for misses within the zone. Schumaker was a minus-14 overall for the 2009 season, but in the second half of the 2009 campaign, Skip was better than average and a plus to his right.

    By 2011, he was at least average.

  • Schumaker has quick feet on the double play.
  • April 28, 2013: Schumaker was the first position player to pitch for the Dodgers since Mark Loretta on July 28, 2009.

    Schumaker had last pitched on Aug. 23, 2011, when he was a member of the Cardinals. 

Running
  • Skip is fast, but he needs to increase his success rate of stealing bases.

    POST-PLAYING CAREER

  • 2018: The Padres have promoted Schumaker to first-base coach. Skip had spent the previous two seasons working in a baseball operations and player-development role.

  • Nov. 2021: Skip became the Cardinals bench coach.
  • Oct. 2022: The Marlins hired Schumaker to manage the team.
  • Nov. 2023: Skip Schumaker took home the first NL Manager of the Year award of his career.
Career Injury Report
  • 2000: Skip missed the college baseball season with a dislocated shoulder that required surgery.
  • October 21, 2005: Schumaker underwent surgery on his left knee. The operation, to repair a bursa sac in his knee, was performed by Cardinals medical consultant Dr. George Paletta.
  • April 16-May 23, 2011: Skip hyperextended his right elbow during an at-bat and was on the D.L. It was diagnosed as a right triceps strain.
  • October 7, 2011: Schumaker suffered a strained right oblique muscle in the last game (a win) of the Cardinals' NLDS victory over the Phillies. Skip was left off the NLCS roster vs. the Brewers.

    "It was on a check swing the second at-bat," he said. "I felt it there, and I kind of walked around a little bit to shake it off. And the next pitch, I swung, and it grabbed pretty good."

  • March 15-April 20, 2012: Skip suffered a torn right oblique during an at-bat in an exhibition game. He started the season on the D.L.
  • May 30-June 19, 2012: Schumaker pulled his right hamstring while chasing down a hit by the Braves' Jack Wilson in the corner in right field. He went on the D.L. the next day.
  • March 21-May 3, 2014: Schumaker was forced to leave the game with a shoulder injury after unsuccessfully diving for a line drive to left center. He dislocated his left shoulder when his glove jammed into the hard ground on the Arizona field. Skip stayed down after the ball got past him and rolled to the wall.

    "Initially, we thought he was staying down so the centerfielder would have a clear path to throw the ball in," Reds Manager Bryan Price said. "When we saw him wave us out there, we knew it was more than that."

    Skip missed the first month or so of the season.

  • July 11-20, 2014: Schumaker was placed on the seven-day concussion DL.

  • September 11-end of 2014 season: Reds outfielder/infielder Skip Schumaker's season ended when he had successful surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

    "We just felt like until we really checked the shoulder and got in there, we didn't know how long it would take to do the rehab and recovery," Price said. "We decided to be aggressive on it and get a jump-start on it. We look forward having him at Spring Training, hopefully 100 percent healthy."

    "He was never 100 percent. He was just playing at whatever he had," Price said. "He kept that very much to himself. He didn't ever say that he couldn't go—from the shoulder—not once did he say he couldn't go. The concussion thing, we had to take the lead on that because he was having some persistent issues with it that he couldn't deny."

    In 2014, Schumaker batted .235/.287/.308 with two home runs and 22 RBIs in 83 games. He made a total of 61 starts in right field, center field, left field and second base. He also made one relief appearance vs. the Braves during an 8-0 Reds loss and threw a scoreless ninth inning.

    "He just wanted to play. He was going to give us 100 percent of whatever he had—if it was 80 percent or 40 percent," Price said. (Mark Sheldon - MLB.com - 9/12/2014)