The St. Louis Cardinals club based on the Major League Baseball (MLB) Association of America has sent a sudden heartbreaking message to fire the current coach Mike Matheny late Saturday Night.
The team announced to move forward with their decision to sack the current coach of the club after their huge loss to Cincinnati Reds this Saturday. The Cardinals lost the game with 8 to 2 with a game remaining before the All-Star break.
The sacking came just at the end of a sloppy week for the Cardinals. The dismissal featured communication issues with players and a tensed clubhouse. Mixed with that, the team had to go through continuous 4 losses for the last 5 games.
The team currenlty has 47 wins with 46 losses, in third place and seven games late of the Chicago Clubs in NL Central.
Following the loss to Cincinnati Reds, the St. Louis department of communication released a statement stating that the club had dismissed their manager. Along with Mike, two other coaches under him, John Mabry, the hitting coach and Bill Mueller, the assistant hitting coach was also relieved of their coaching duties at the club.
After their dismissal, the bench coach Mike Shildt has been named as the Interim Manager of the club.
They quoted the Cardinals Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bill DeWitt Jr. in their statement,
Mike Matheny has served the St. Louis Cardinals organization with tremendous dedication and pride and I am thankful for his service to the Cardinals over the past six and a half seasons.
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) July 15, 2018
The recently fired coach was named as the manager of the club on November 14th, 2011. Throughout his career in the club, he has won 591 games with just 473 losses ranking at the top 5th of all-time winners amongst Cardinals managers.
The 47 years' old coach also led the team to the postseason including a National League Championship in 2013.
The President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak also quoted,
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 seasons.
The firing has come out as the club's first in-season firing of a coach since 1995. This also marks the first leadership change for the current owner Bill DeWitt Jr. during a season.