Following the St. Louis Cardinals 8-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night, the team issued a statement that Mike Matheny had been dismissed as the manager. In addition, hitting coach John Mabry and assistant hitting coach Bill Mueller were also relieved of their duties.
Bench coach Mike Shildt will now manage the Cardinals on an interim basis.
“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,” stated Cardinals’ Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Bill DeWitt, Jr. in the statement. “On behalf of the entire Cardinals organization, I would like to wish Mike the very best.”
Matheny took over as the manager of the St. Louis Cardinals on November 14, 2011. He compiled a won-loss record of 591-473, which is the fifth most wins in franchise history. However, after leading the team to the playoffs in his first four seasons, the Cardinals have missed out on postseason play the last two years and are currently just a game over the .500 mark, in third place in the NL Central Division.
“These decisions are never easy, but we felt that a change in leadership was necessary as the team prepares to enter into the second half of the season,” said President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak. “I would like to thank Mike for his exceptional commitment and devotion to the Cardinals organization, including many fond memories of our years working together.”
A press conference with both DeWitt and Mozeliak is scheduled before Sunday’s game.
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