Shildt out as Cardinals manager after NL wild card defeat

Mike Shildt is out as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals
AFP

Mike Shildt, who guided St. Louis to a club-best 17 straight wins and a National League wild card berth, is out as the Cardinals’ manager, club executive John Mozeliak said Thursday.

“While these decisions are difficult, both parties agreed that philosophical differences related to the direction of the organization brought us to this conclusion,” Mozeliak said in a statement.

“With just one year remaining on Mike’s contract, it was in everyone’s best interests that we address this now.”

Mozeliak said he believed the Cadinals had personnel who could take over, and that he would take several days before making a decision on a new manager.

In four Major League Baseball seasons with St. Louis, Shildt went 252-199, winning the National League Manager of the Year Award in 2019 and guiding the club to three straight playoff appearances.

The Cards’ 17-game win streak late in the regular season pushed them into the wild card game, where they fell 3-1 to the reigning World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers.

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