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Mike Matheny has been fired as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals.
The team announced the move following their loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday. The Cardinals are 47-46 this season, in third place and seven games back of the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central.
Matheny was in the midst of his seventh season as manager of the Cardinals. He had compiled a 591-473 record, won the 2013 NL pennant and won three division titles after succeeding Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa following the team’s championship in 2011.
“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,” Cardinals chairman and CEO Bill DeWitt Jr. said in a statement released by the team.
“On behalf of the entire Cardinals organization, I would like to wish Mike the very best.”
Hitting coach John Mabry and assistant hitting coach Bill Mueller were also let go by the team.
Bench coach Mike Schildt takes over as interim manager.
“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,” president of baseball operations John Mozeliak said in the statement.
“I would like to thank Mike for his exceptional commitment and devotion to the Cardinals organization, including many fond memories of our years working together.”
Matheny leaves St. Louis fifth on the franchise’s all-time wins list and led the Cardinals to the playoffs from 2012-2015 — reaching at least the NLCS in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Before his managerial career, Matheny spent five of his 13 MLB seasons with the Cardinals, reaching the World Series with the team in 2004.