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Cardinals fire Mike Shildt after shocking season-ending playoff run

The St. Louis Cardinals have parted ways with manager Mike Shildt, the team announced Thursday.

This move is somewhat surprising, as the Cardinals enjoyed an impressive second-half increase in 2021 that resulted in a place for the NL Wild Card. St. Louis was 52-52 at the all-star break – but they lost just 20 games for the remainder of the season, compiling a 17-game winning streak at one point.

The Cardinals lost in the Wild Card game against the Dodgers, but the situation looked promising enough to maintain the status quo. The management apparently felt differently.

Former Cardinals manager Mike Shildt
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President of the Cardinals John Mozeliak cited “philosophical differences” and noted that the decision involved “something that emerged recently” at a press conference Thursday.

Shildt had been in charge of the Cardinals since the 2018 season, when he took over as interim manager after the team parted ways with Mike Matheny in the middle of the season. He had been through the St. Louis organization, having made his management debut with the Johnson City Cardinals (AA) in 2009.

He compiled a record of 252-199 in more than three seasons at the helm.