The St. Louis Cardinals fired manager Mike Shildt on Thursday, who still had a year left.
Furthermore, the president of the organization in Missouri, John Mozeliak, emphasized to the ESPN network that a “philosophical difference” was the basis for this divorce as qualified as mutual.
“All I can say is that with the direction the team took, we had a hard time adjusting our violins. With the year remaining on his contract, we could have gone to 2022 with him, but we decided internally that it would be better. to go each to ours now to approach the new season with a sense of novelty, says the manager.
Shildt, 53, had been in charge of the team since 2018 and had a record of 252-199. According to Mozeliak, he was very surprised by the announcement of the dismissal.
During the campaign in 2021, he led his people to a place in the playoffs. St. Louis put in impressive pressure late in the season, enjoying 17 straight wins in September to finish with a 90-72 record and second in the Central Division of the National League. In the best second game, the Cardinals lost 3-1 to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
“As I said before, 2021 has been a real success, and for all of us in the organization, it makes us extremely proud. When you can get a winning streak of 17 games and you have written the team’s history, it gives a lot of pride. Sometimes these decisions are not just made to [les résultats] of a season, ”said Mozeliak.
– I thought the team was well managed. Adjustment has evolved. We made changes in the middle of the season. The original version [de l’équipe] in the spring did not work wonderfully. At the end of the day, with the way we have finished and played this year – it’s not just a reflection of wins and losses, “he added in an interview with” St. Louis Post-Dispatch “.
The person who will replace Shildt has not yet been chosen, but the solution may lie internally. Candidates for first baseman Richard “Stubby” Clapp or bench instructor Oliver Marmol could be considered by the Cardinals, according to “Post-Dispatch”.