Cardinals fire Mike Shildt over ‘philosophical difference’

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt was fired on Thursday over “a philosophical difference in the direction” of the club.

Shildt guided St. Louis to the National League wild-card game on the legs of a 17-game winning streak in September. The Cardinals lost the postseason game in Los Angeles when Chris Taylor belted a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning.

“We have determined that we have a philosophical difference in the direction that our Major League club is going,” Cardinals president John Mozeliak said.

The 53-year-old replaced Mike Matheny as manager in 2018 and collected a 252-199 record in that position. He was National League Manager of the Year in 2019, when the Cardinals won 91 games and the National League Central. St. Louis won 90 games in 2021.

The Cardinals were 4-9 in the playoffs under Shildt.

Shildt has ties with the organization and Mozeliak dating to his crossover from scouting to coaching in 2004.

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