Senior Special Assistant to General Manager
Mike Jorgensen currently serves as a Special Assistant to the General Manager, a position he has held since September 2001. He served as director of player development for 10 seasons (1992-01), and was the team's minor league hitting instructor/coordinator in 1990 and 1991.
Upon retiring as a player after the 1985 season, 'Jorgy' was hired as an instructor in the Cardinals' minor league system. Midway through the 1986 season, he was named manager at St. Petersburg and led the team to the Florida State League championship. He managed the Triple-A Louisville Redbirds from 1987-'89. He made his big-league managerial debut following the dismissal of Cardinals skipper Joe Torre on June 16, 1995, and guided the team to a 41-55 mark. While managing the field operations, he also remained in his post as director of player development. Jorgensen was a lefthanded-hitting first baseman/outfielder during a major league career that spanned 18 seasons. He was selected by the New York Mets in the June 1966 free-agent draft and made his big-league debut in 1968. He was traded to Montreal at the start of the 1972 season, his first of five full seasons with the Expos. He went on to play for Oakland, Texas, the Mets again, Atlanta and St. Louis.
Jorgensen, 67, graduated from Francis Lewis High School in Flushing, N.Y., attended St. John's University and served from 1967-1972 in the United Stated Marine Corps Reserve. He and his wife, Melissa Lee, make their home in St. Louis. Jorgensen and his late wife, Brenda, have three married children; Brian, Kristen and Eric, four grandsons: Eric, Jacob, James and Owen, and two granddaughters: Quinn Ann and Clara Marie.