By: Noah Wright
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In a shocking move, The St. Louis Cardinals have decided to fire now former manager Mike Matheny. He, along with hitting coaches Jon mabry and Bill Mueller have all been let go by The Cardinals.
The Cardinals released a statement on twitter. In their statement, The Cards’ President Of Baseball Operations Jon Mozeliak stated that “These decisions are never easy, but we felt that a change in leadership was necessary as the team prepares to enter the second half of the season”. For now, The Cardinals will put bench coach Mike Shildt in the managers position. (you can read the full statement here: https://twitter.com/Cardinals/status/1018332556578754560)
The Cardinals originally hired Mathenly in November of 2011. After being named manager, Matheny led the club to playoff appearances between 2012-2015, with the biggest highlight being leading the team to The World Series in 2013, but not able to win a ring against The Red Sox that season. Overall, Mathenly has the 5th best manager record in all of Cardinals history, with a 591-473.
However, Matheny hasn’t been all that great as of recently. The former manager was in some controversy when veteran closer Bud Norris apparently was “mercilessly riding” blazing fastball rookie Jordan Hicks. Mathenly became involved when he stated that Norris was “Exposed to a different generation of players”. This caused fans to conclude that the manager sided with Norris, and did not take the situation more seriously. Mathenly was also criticized over bullpen use, and his double switch decisions. Another thing that likely factored in Mozeliak decision is The Cardinals current situation. The Cardinals just got off to an 8-2 loss to The Reds, which drops their record to 47-46.