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Cardinals fire manager Mike Matheny, hitting coaches in staff shakeup

With one game to go before the All-Star break, the St. Louis Cardinals dismissed manager Mike Matheny on Saturday night.

Bench coach Mike Shildt will serve as the team's interim manager.

Matheny's ousting comes on the heels of a rain-soaked 8-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds that dropped the Cardinals to 47-46 on the season. St. Louis has lost 10 of its past 15 games and is seven games back in the National League Central.

Along with Matheny, the Cardinals are parting ways with hitting coach John Mabry and assistant hitting coach Bill Mueller. St. Louis' .245 average this season is good for eighth among NL teams, though it is 10th in runs scored (407).

"These decisions are never easy, but we felt that a change in leadership was necessary as the team prepares to enter into the second half of the season," said president of baseball operations John Mozeliak in a statement. "I would like to thank Mike for his exceptional commitment and devotion to the Cardinals organization, including many fond memories of our years working together."

Matheny, 47, has seemingly been under fire for the majority of the last three seasons after leading the team to the playoffs in his first four years since taking over for Hall of Fame skipper Tony La Russa upon his retirement after the 2011 season. In his second year at the helm of the team, Matheny led the Cardinals to 97 wins and a World Series berth, where they lost to the Boston Red Sox in six games.

The Cardinals won 100 games under Matheny's guide in 2015, but lost in the NL Division Series to the rival Chicago Cubs. St. Louis hasn't been back to the playoffs since that year, though it never posted a losing record in a season with Matheny as manager.

In all, Matheny went 591-474 in his 6 1/2 seasons on the job, ranking fifth all time among Cardinals managers.

"Mike Matheny has served the St. Louis Cardinals organization with tremendous dedication and pride and I am thankful for his service to the Cardinals over the past six and a half seasons," said Cardinals' chairman and CEO Bill DeWitt Jr. in a statement. "On behalf of the entire Cardinals organization, I would like to wish Mike the very best."

The Cardinals said they will hold a press conference Sunday to further discuss the decision.

--Field Level Media