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Report: Cardinals fire manager Mike Shildt after another playoff exit

St. Louis needed a long win streak in order to make the NL Wild Card game, but ultimately eliminated for a third straight season.

Manager Mike Shildt #8 of the St. Louis Cardinals discusses with Jon Lester #31 of the St. Louis Cardinals during the game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on September 25, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images

The St. Louis Cardinals have fired manager Mike Shildt, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan. Cardinals team president John Mozeliak said on Thursday that he decided to fire Shildt because of a “philosophical difference” in the direction of the team, per Passan. Shildt had one year left on his current deal with St. Louis.

Shildt was with the Cardinals for four years and posted a record of 252-199. He also won NL Manager of the Year in 2019. Over his four-year tenure, he led St. Louis to three straight postseason appearances, which includes the 2021 season.

The Redbirds had one of the more impressive runs to the postseason in recent memory in 2021 as they ripped off 17-straight wins down the stretch to finish the year with a 90-72 record and the second wild card spot in the National League. St. Louis’ cinderella season came to an end in the NL Wild Card Game, where they lost 3-2 to the Los Angeles Dodgers.