Cardinals fire manager Mike Matheny, hitting coaches; Mike Shildt named interim skipper

The St. Louis Cardinals Have Fired Manager Mike Matheny

The St. Louis Cardinals finally fired Mike Matheny, and Joe Girardi is the favorite for the job

A general view of Busch Stadium during the eighth inning of a game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago White Sox on May 2, 2018 in St Louis, Missouri.

"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", club owner Bill DeWitt Jr. said in a statement.

Mike Matheny is out as the Cardinals' manager, the team announced in a press release today.

Late Saturday, Bernie Miklasz of The Athletic and ESPN Radio St. Louis reported that Cardinals officials were not pleased with Matheny's comments to Mark Saxon of The Athletic in which he appeared to condone Norris' treatment of Hicks, whose work habits came into question during spring training, and disparaged the current generation of players. Furthermore, the Cardinals certainly didn't expect to take a step backwards following key additions like Marcell Ozuna and Bud Norris, along with a wealth of young talent coming up through the farm system. The moves were announced after the Cards lost to the Reds at home.

Add all that up and Matheny was in trouble. In handing one of baseball's most prestigious managing jobs over to a novice - and preferring Matheny over Terry Francona, who was interviewed - the Cardinals were.

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

Shildt, 49, has been a member of the Cardinals organization since 2004 and has served on the team's Major League coaching staff the past two (2017-18) seasons.

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