On a busy day Tuesday in baseball, Asheville Tourists outfielder Casey Golden was named the South Atlantic League’s Most Valuable Player and former UNC Asheville player and coach Mike Shildt was named the permanent manager of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Golden leads the SAL in five categories, including home runs (32), RBIs (90), runs scored (86), extra-base hits (57) and total bases (246).
He is the 12th player in Asheville history to hit 30 or more homers in a season and is currently tied for sixth in franchise history with Bob Robertson (1961) and Derrick Gibson (1995).
The all-time leader is Mike Simms, who blasted 39 homers in 1987.
Golden was also among three Tourists named to the SAL All-Star Game, joining first baseman Chad Spanberger (.315, 22 homers and 75 RBIs) and second baseman Bret Boswell (.288, 17 homers, 50 RBIs).
Spanberger was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays earlier this summer and Boswell was recently promoted to High Class A Lancaster. ’
Less than two months after being named the Cardinals’ interim manager, Shildt had the interim tag removed and was given a three-year contact.
A player for UNC Asheville form 1987-90 and and a coach for the Bulldogs in 1992-93, Shildt has led the Cardinals to a major-league best 26-12 record since taking over for Mike Matheny.