The Oklahoman

Cardinals fire Mike Shildt over ‘philosophi­cal difference­s’


The Cardinals fired former National League manager of the year Mike Shildt over organizati­onal difference­s Thursday, just one week after St. Louis lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers on a walkoff homer in the wild-card game. Cardinals president John Mozeliak said the firing was “something that popped up recently,” but he refused to expand on what he called “philosophi­cal difference­s” between Shildt, the coaching staff and the front office.

“All I can say is where we felt the team was going, we were struggling to get on the same page,” Mozeliak said. “With him having one year remaining on his contract, we could have gone into 2022 having that over him and we just decided that internally it would be best to separate now and take a fresh look as we head into a new season.” Mozeliak declined to discuss possible replacemen­ts, but he did say there are plenty of internal candidates.

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