Mike Shildt out as St. Louis Cardinals manager, sources say

Mike Shildt is out as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Thursday.

Shildt, 53, had guided the Cardinals to the playoffs three times, including in 2021, when they rode a 17-game winning streak in September to a 90-72 finish and a bid in the Wild Card Game, where they lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

He had been signed through 2022 after reaching a three-year contract extension following the 2019 season.

Shildt was 252-199 in three-plus seasons with St. Louis. He led the Cardinals to the National League Central title in 2019, but they were swept in the NL Championship Series by the Washington Nationals. His team also lost a wild-card series to the San Diego Padres in 2020.

He became the 50th manager in Cardinals history in July 2018 when he was given the job on an interim basis after Mike Matheny was fired. The club removed the interim tag a month later.

Shildt, who never played in the minors or majors, joined the Cardinals organization in 2004. The North Carolina native spent most of that time managing in the minors and was a member of the team’s major league coaching staff for two seasons before being named manager.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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