Holy Shildt - St. Louis Cardinals Surprisingly Fire Manager Mike Shildt (UPDATES)

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Holy Shildt – St. Louis Cardinals Surprisingly Fire Manager Mike Shildt (UPDATES)

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I don’t think anyone – Cardinals-connected or otherwise – saw this one coming. Which makes me think there’s gotta be something going on under the hood.

Anyway, the news:

Speaking as a Cubs fan who has been observing from the outside, it seems like Shildt has generally put his roster in a position to succeed, including the incredible second-half run this year that took them to the Wild Card Game. Then again, maybe management felt the roster was so well-constructed that the outcome was nevertheless disappointing? And it’s not like I necessarily felt he was always out there saying the right things or making the right decisions. I’m just a little thrown here.

Shildt, who had worked his way up through the Cardinals’ system for over a decade before the got the managerial gig in 2018. The Cardinals made the postseason the last three years.

More on this soon, including what precipitated the decision, and what will suddenly be a very important NL Central managerial search.

UPDATE: There’s going to be a press conference today to announce the decision? On a postseason day? That makes me wonder all the more what exactly is going on.

UPDATE 2: It’s already being discussed, and man, there is CLEARLY more to this story:

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.