Mike Matheny fired as St. Louis Cardinals manager

The St. Louis Cardinals Have Fired Manager Mike Matheny

The Cardinals have fired manager Mike Matheny with the team hovering around.500 during his seventh season.

In the meantime, bench coach Mike Shildt will serve as the interim manager who tries to get things back on track.

The team also fired hitting coaches John Mabry, a close ally of Matheny, and Bill Mueller.

Kind of disappointing from a Cubs fan perspective, as we all know that he was a awful manager and whatever talent the Cardinals have had has been wasted with Matheny in charge.

Shildt, 49, has been in the Cardinals organization since 2004 and has been on the team's Major League coaching staff for the past two seasons.

The full press release can be viewed here. Matheny compiled a 591-473 record in 6 1/2 seasons as St. Louis' manager.

"On behalf of the entire Cardinals organization, I would like to wish Mike the very best".

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That future ended 93 games into this season.

This season started with promise.

Matheny has limited the outfielder's playing time of late, and Mozeliak recently said he couldn't defend Fowler's "effort and his energy level".

Ozuna has failed to live up to lofty expectations, entering Saturday night's game hitting.270 and with 10 home runs. The Athletic cited multiple sources in reporting that Matheny and Fowler have barely spoken in months. After reports surfaced that Norris had been "mercilessly riding" 21-year-old rookie Jordan Hicks (some described it as bullying) in the clubhouse, Matheny received criticism from some in the baseball world for his decision to side with Norris and not address the situation more seriously.

This is the first time the Cardinals have changed managers during a season since 1995, when Joe Torre was replaced by Mike Jorgensen.

Matheny agreed to a three-year contract extension after the 2016 season to keep him with St. Louis through the 2020 season.

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