Cardinals make big change, fire manager Mike Matheny

Cardinals make big change, fire manager Mike Matheny

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.

The St. Louis Cardinals have fired manager Mike Matheny and named bench coach Mike Shildt as interim manager. The firing follows an 8-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.

The Cardinals are 47-46 and in third place in the NL Central. 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. "On behalf of the entire Cardinals organization, I would like to wish Mike the very best". The former catcher played his final Major League Baseball season with the Cardinals in 2003.

"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", team president John Mozeliak said in a prepared statement.

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

The Cardinals plan to hold an 11 a.m. news conference on Sunday to discuss the announcement.

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