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The St. Louis Cardinals Have Fired Manager Mike Matheny

A general view of Busch Stadium during a Cardinals game.

ST LOUIS, MO - MAY 2: A general view of Busch Stadium during the eighth inning of a game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago White Sox on May 2, 2018 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)

The St. Louis Cardinals made a major move late Saturday night, firing manager Mike Matheny before the All-Star break.

Matheny, a former Cardinals catcher, has been St. Louis' manager since the 2012 season. He took over for longtime Cardinal skipper Tony LaRussa.

During his time in St. Louis, Matheny compiled a 591-473 winning percentage. He led the Cards to four straight playoff appearances in his first four seasons, but his team's performance has fallen off since then.

St. Louis has missed the playoffs the last two seasons and currently sits seven games out of first place in the NL Central with a 47-46 record. The Cards have lost three games in a row.

Additionally, Matheny has been involved in an ongoing feud with outfielder Dexter Fowler and a recent report by The Athletic's Mark Saxon alleges Matheny utilized veteran relief pitcher Bud Norris as an informant and that Norris has been particularly harsh toward fellow reliever Jordan Hicks.

Add all that up and Matheny was in trouble.

The Cardinals are still one of the most prestigious organizations in baseball, so this job opening will be a coveted one.

In the meantime, bench coach Mike Shildt will serve as the interim manager who tries to get things back on track.

Hitting coach John Mabry and assistant hitting coach Bill Mueller have also been let go.