Cardinals, Mike Shildt part ways over ‘philosophical differences’


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

The Cardinals announced that they agreed to part ways with Shildt on Thursday afternoon. Cardinals president John Mozeliak said that it was “something that popped up recently,” but he didn’t elaborate on what he called “philosophical differences.”

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St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt, right, argues with umpire Doug Eddings during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021. Shildt was ejected by umpire Bill Miller. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt, right, argues with umpire Doug Eddings during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021. Shildt was ejected by umpire Bill Miller. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt, left, congratulates Paul Goldschmidt after Goldschmidt's solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt, left, congratulates Paul Goldschmidt after Goldschmidt’s solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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Mozeliak added that Shildt was heading into the final year of his contract, but that wasn’t the only reason why the two sides decided to go their separate ways. This happened just one week after the Cardinals fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League wildcard game.

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Shildt took over for Mike Matheny, the current Kansas City Royals manager, on an interim basis back in August 2018. That season, St. Louis won 91 games, and Shildt was honored as the National League Manager of the Year. The Cardinals advanced to the NL Championship Series, but were eventually swept by the Washington Nationals.

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt, second from right, talks with shortstop Paul DeJong, left, first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, second from left, and catcher Andrew Knizner, right, as they wait for relief pitcher Andrew Miller during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021. 

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt, second from right, talks with shortstop Paul DeJong, left, first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, second from left, and catcher Andrew Knizner, right, as they wait for relief pitcher Andrew Miller during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021. 
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Last season, the Cardinals went 30-29 during the pandemic-shortened season and fell in the wildcard game. This year, the Cardinals rolled to a franchise-record, 17-game winning streak, which helped them reach the wildcard game once again.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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