Cardinals make big change, fire manager Mike Matheny

Cardinals make big change, fire manager Mike Matheny

Joe Girardi is expected to receive consideration for the St. Louis Cardinals' managerial job.

Within a couple hours of the loss, the Cardinals sent out a tweet announcing the firing of manager Mike Matheny.

Matheny was stunningly fired Saturday night following an 8-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds, a defeat that dropped St. Louis to 47-46 and 7 1/2 games back of the National League Central-leading Chicago Cubs. Bench coach Mike Shildt will take over as interim manager.

The Cardinals haven't missed three straight post-seasons since 1997-99. "On behalf of the entire Cardinals organization, I would like to with Mike the very best".

Matheny, a former Cardinals catcher, has been St. Louis' manager since the 2012 season.

But Matheny's hard-ass, old-school managing style has also been heavily questioned, and his comments following Bud Norris' treatment over Jordan Hicks is what likely made the Cardinals' front office decide enough is enough.

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That future ended 93 games into this season.

This season started with promise.

Ozuna has failed to live up to lofty expectations, entering Saturday night's game hitting.270 and with 10 home runs.

Since then, the squad has cooled significantly, and has been up and down this season. The next team he manages may be in St. Louis, too.

Matheny's also been surrounded by at least a bit of controversy of late in regards to player management. The Athletic cited multiple sources in reporting that Matheny and Fowler have barely spoken in months. It's also entirely possible that Matheny's dismissal is simply a shake-up, and that St. Louis will be searching for a candidate whom they believe can get the most out of the club's young core in a second-half push towards the playoffs.

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