By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The St. Louis Cardinals have fired manager Mike Matheny on Saturday night. He was dismissed after the Cardinals lost 8-2 to the Cincinnati Reds.
The Cardinals could not muster any runs against the Reds after the fourth inning in the game. With the loss, St. Louis now stands at 47-46 on the season.
Besides Matheny, the Cardinals also dismissed two coaches, as well. Bench coach Mike Schildt will serve as the interim head coach the rest of the season.
Hitting coach John Mabry and assistant hitting coach Bill Mueller were also dismissed. Matheny was named the Cardinals manager on November 14th, 2011.
“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,” owner Bill DeWitt Jr. said in a statement. “On behalf of the entire Cardinals organization, I would like to wish Mike the very best.”
During his tenure with the team, Matheny guided the team to a 591-473 record. His 591 wins as a Cardinals manager is the fifth-most in team history. Also, under his tutaledge, the team went to the playoffs from 2012-2015, including a National League Championship in 2013.
“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,” President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak said. “I would like to thank Mike for his exceptional commitment and devotion to the Cardinals organization, including many fond memories over the years working together.”
Schildt has been working with the Cardinals organization since 2004. He has been a member of Matheny’s coaching staff the past two seasons.
He previously managed in the team’s farm system. Under Schildt, Johnson City won the league championship in the Appalachian League in in 2010 and 2011.
He also managed Springfield in the Texas League (AA) to the league championship in 2012.