Cardinals fire Matheny with team hovering near .500

Cardinals Fire Mike Matheny

Cardinals Fire Mike Matheny

The St. Louis Cardinals abruptly fired manager Mike Matheny on Saturday, ending his tenure with the Major League Baseball club after six and a half seasons.

The St. Louis Cardinals have fired manager Mike Matheny during his seventh season with the team hovering around.500. Matheny wasn't expecting it; his sacking came a few minutes after he fielded media questions following a dreary 8-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals have never had a losing record under his leadership, and though they now sit just a game above the.500 mark, they're just four games back of the NL's second Wild Card spot and at least within striking distance of the NL Central crown. He led them to the playoffs his first four seasons as manager.

So, good for the Cardinals I guess.

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St. Louis has missed the playoffs the last two seasons and now sits seven games out of first place in the NL Central with a 47-46 record. "I would like to thank Mike for his exceptional commitment and devotion to the Cardinals organization, including many fond memories of our years working together".

It is the first time the Cardinals have changed managers during a season since 1995, when Joe Torre was replaced by Mike Jorgensen. Bill Mueller played collegiately at Missouri State University.

The Cardinals said DeWitt and Mozeliak would hold a press conference on Sunday to discuss the move and additional staff changes.

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