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Cardinals and Mike Shildt part ways over “philosophical differences”


The St. Louis Cardinals and manager Mike Shildt are going in different directions.

Cardinals announced that they agreed to part ways with Shildt on Thursday afternoon. President of the Cardinals John Mozeliak said it was “something that has emerged recently”, but he did not elaborate on what he called “philosophical differences”.

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St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt, right, argues with referee Doug Eddings in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago on Sunday, September 26, 2021. Shildt a been sent off by referee Bill Miller. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh)
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Cardinals and Mike Shildt part ways over “philosophical differences”

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt, left, congratulates Paul Goldschmidt after Goldschmidt’s solo homerun in the third inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago on Sunday, September 26 2021. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh)
(AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh)

Mozeliak added that Shildt was heading into the final year of his contract, but that wasn’t the only reason the two sides decided to go their separate ways. It came just a week after the Cardinals fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League wildcard game.

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Shildt replaced Mike Matheny, the current Kansas City Royals manager, on an interim basis in August 2018. That season, St. Louis won 91 games and Shildt was honored as the league’s manager of the year. national. The Cardinals advanced to the NL Championship Series, but were ultimately swept away by the Washington Nationals.

Cardinals and Mike Shildt part ways over “philosophical differences”

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt, second from right, speaks with shortstop Paul DeJong, left, first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, second from left, and wide receiver Andrew Knizner, right, as they await relief pitcher Andrew Miller in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago on Sunday, September 26, 2021.
(AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh))

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Last season, the Cardinals went 30-29 in the pandemic shortened season and fell into the wilds game. This year, the Cardinals hit a franchise record of 17 straight wins, which helped them reach the wildcard game again.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.