Published: Tue, July 17, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

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

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

Immediately following the news that Mike Matheny had been fired as manager, numerous Cardinals players were invovled in a group text which second baseman Kolten Wong says was all about "us stepping up, playing better".

When the team searches for a long-term solution, Girardi is expected to be among the names considered, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold. "I got two new lives with this organization, first when [manager] Tony La Russa and [pitching coach] Dave Duncan and [general manager] Walt Jocketty gave me a chance to have a second life as a player to play in a place I already called home". Matheny was a Gold Glove catcher with the Cardinals from 2000-04 before getting his first managerial job with the club prior to the 2012 season. "We had conversations even last season that if we didn't improve the way we went about it, this would be inevitable".

St. Louis is 47-46 and third in the National League Central. "This was very special to me and something life-changing".

The move came after the Cardinals lost to the Cincinnati Reds Saturday night, giving up eight consecutive runs to lose 8-2.

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

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

"I would like to thank Mike for his exceptional commitment and devotion to the Cardinals organisation, including many fond memories of our years working together".

This season started with promise.

Matheny's also received criticism for his bullpen management, poor use of the double-switch, and his failure to motivate players such as Dexter Fowler (whose effort level Mozeliak recently criticized).

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