Cardinals Fire Mike Matheny

Mike Matheny was fired by the Cardinals amid a turbulent season. More

After the Cardinals fired manager Mike Matheny Saturday night, Luke Matheny took to Twitter Sunday morning to share a note about his father.

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.

The team also fired hitting coaches John Mabry, a close ally of Matheny, and Bill Mueller.

"These decisions are never easy, but we felt that a change in leadership was necessary as the team prepares to enter into the second half of the season".

"I would like to thank Mike for his exceptional commitment and devotion to the Cardinals organisation, including many fond memories of our years working together". St. Louis went back to the Series in 2013, losing to the Red Sox, but hasn't been in the NL playoffs since 2015.

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

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I feel at my best both physically and mentally". "Players of my age usually go to other countries with all due respect". My career has not had anything easy and I am one who likes to get out of my comfort zone. "I can't wait to play.

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The Cardinals made the playoffs in Matheny's first four years before missing the past two post-seasons. Matheny compiled a 591-473 record in 6 1/2 seasons as St. Louis' manager.

The prospect of a third straight year without a post-season berth has spelled the end for manager Mike Matheny.

Bench coach Mike Shildt will take over as interim manager, the Cardinals said.

Ozuna has failed to live up to lofty expectations, hitting.268 with 10 home runs. He was asked what kind of message that personnel move sends to the rest of the Cardinals players.

Matheny's also received criticism for his bullpen management, poor use of the double-switch, and his failure to motivate players such as Dexter Fowler (whose effort level Mozeliak recently criticized).

Girardi is similar to Matheny in that he was a catcher for the team he later managed.

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