On the heels of an 8-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds, who have the worst record in the NL Central, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has been relieved of duty. Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. released a statement Saturday night saying, “Mike Matheny has served the St. Louis Cardinals organization with tremendous dedication and pride and I am thankful for his service to the Cardinals over the past six and a half seasons. On behalf of the entire Cardinals organization, I would like to wish Mike the very best.”
Matheny has gone 47-46 in his seventh season with the team since he joined them in 2011. In that time, Matheny led the team to four postseasons from 2012 to 2015 including a trip to the World Series in 2013. He leaves the organization with a record of 591-474, but his number of wins has gone down in each of the last three years. The cardinals have missed the playoffs for three straight years, something that hasn’t happened in almost 20 years.
The Cardinals also parted ways with hitting coach John Mabry and assistant hitting coach Bill Mueller. Bench coach Mike Shildt was named manager in the interim. There is no word yet on whether or not the team will look to find a long term replacement now or wait until the offseason. St. Louis currently sits in third place in the NL Central 7.5 games behind the first place Chicago Cubs.