ST. LOUIS • Cardinals manager Mike Matheny was a four-time Gold-Glove catcher over 13 years in the big leagues. But a decade ago, he didn’t figure his future was in baseball.
He was banking on real estate.
One series of failed investments has now ended that dream. Nine days ago, a judge ruled against Matheny on the project, placing the responsibility for more than $4 million in debt on him and his wife. Interest and court costs could drive the price even higher.
But the saga that could ruin Matheny financially is the same one that brought him back to the Cardinals, and a new career in baseball.
He wouldn’t be a manager now, he told the Post-Dispatch Friday, if he hadn’t lost it all on three lots in the Chesterfield Valley.