Despite a team-record 17-game winning streak that led to a wild-card spot in the MLB, Mike Shildt was fired as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday.
Cardinals president John Mozeliak said the firing was “something that came up recently,” but declined to expand on what he called “philosophical differences.” He did point out that Shildt was heading into the final year of his contract, but that was not the only reason to part ways.
Shildt replaced current Kansas City Royals manager Mike Matheny on an interim basis in August 2018, then took up the permanent job the following season. The Cardinals won 91 games that season, earning Shildt NL manager of the year status, and advanced to the NL Championship Series before being swept by the Washington Nationals.
The Cardinals finished 30-28 during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, losing the wild-card game, before using a franchise-record 17-game winning streak to reach the wild-card game again this season.