Despite a 17-game winning streak, a team record, which led them to a wildcard place, Mike Shildt is absent as manager of the Cardinals of Saint-Louis.
Baseball Operations Cardinals Chairman John Mozeliak announced the decision Thursday, citing “philosophical differences.”
Shildt had guided the Cardinals to the playoffs three times, including in 2021, when they led their winning streak in September to 90-72. Saint-Louis lost against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the wild card game.
Shildt, 53, was signed until 2022 after getting a three-year contract extension after the 2019 season.
Shildt was 252-199 in over three seasons with St. Louis. He led the Cardinals to the National League Central title in 2019, but they were swept into the NL Championship Series by the Washington Nationals. His team also lost a series of jokers against the San Diego Padres in 2020.
He became the 50th manager in Cardinals history in July 2018 when he got the interim job following the dismissal of Mike Matheny. The club withdrew the provisional tag a month later.
Shildt, who has never played in minors or majors, joined the Cardinals organization in 2004. The North Carolina native spent most of his time managing in minors and was a member of the major league coaching team for two seasons before being appointed manager.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.