St. Louis Cardinals Fire Manager Mike Schildt
The St. Louis Cardinals have fired Manager Mike Schildt.
In a press release from the Cardinals Thursday, the ball club announced they have agreed to part ways with Schildt.
The 53-year-old Schildt was named interim manager in July of 2018 when then-Manager Mike Matheny was let go. The interim title was dropped about a month later. Prior to that, Schildt spent 13 years in player development as a scout, coach and manager before joining the Cardinals Major League coaching staff in 2017.
In announcing the move, Cardinal President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak said, "While these decisions are difficult, both parties agreed that philosophical differences related to the direction of the organization brought us to this conclusion. With just one year remaining on Mike's contract, it was in everyone's best interests that we address this now."
In his three-and-a-half years as manager, Schildt posted a record of 252-199 and was voted the National League Manager of the year in 2019.
Schildt is only the third Cardinal manager in the last 25 years, following Tony LaRussa who served as manager from 1996 to 2011, leading the Cards to three National League Championships and two World Championships, and Mike Matheny, who took over when LaRussa retired in 2012. Matheny's 2013 squad went to the World Series, losing to the Boston Red Sox.