The St. Louis Cardinals gave their manager his walking papers after a Saturday night loss.
The club released a statement saying they had fired manager Mike Matheny, along with hitting coach John Mabry and bench coach Bill Mueller. Matheny and Mabry are both former players in the organization. Bench Coach Mike Shildt will serve as interim manager. This is the first time St. Louis has changed managers during a season since 1995.
Matheny – hired to replace the retiring Tony LaRussa after the 2011 season – finishes his tenure as Cardinals skipper with a record of 591-473, ranking fifth all-time in wins among the franchise’s managers. He led the club to four playoff appearances, including the 2013 National League pennant.
In the team’s statement, Cardinals Chairman and CEO Bill DeWitt, Jr. said, “Mike Matheny has served the St. Louis Cardinals organization with tremendous dedication and pride, and I am thankful for his service to the Cardinals over the past six and a half seasons. On behalf of the entire Cardinals organization, I would like to wish Mike the very best.”
Shildt has been with the Cardinals organization since 2004. He was promoted to bench coach in the middle of the 2017 season following a successful run as manager of the AAA Memphis Redbirds.
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