Cardinals fire Mike Shildt over ‘philosophical differences’

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Cardinals fired former National League manager of the year Mike Shildt over organizational differences Thursday, just one week after St. Louis lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers on a walk-off homer in the wild-card game.

Cardinals president John Mozeliak said the firing was “something that popped up recently,” but he refused to expand on what he called “philosophical differences” between Shildt, the coaching staff and the front office.

It is exceptionally rare for clubs to fire managers the same day as a playoff game – the Dodgers and San Francisco Giants played the decisive game in their divisional series late Thursday. But Mozeliak and Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt Jr. decided that it was important enough to seek permission from Major League Baseball to make the move immediately.

Mozeliak declined to discuss possible replacements, but he did say there are plenty of internal candidates. He said the coaches who remain under contract are expected to return next season.

Mozeliak actually hired Shildt as a scout in 2003, beginning his long rise through the closely knit organization. Shildt soon switched to player development and worked his way through various levels of the minor league system.

He was chosen to replace current Royals manager Mike Matheny on an interim basis in August 2018, then took over the permanent job the following season. The Cardinals won 91 games that season, earning Shildt the NL manager of the year, and advanced to the NL Championship Series before getting swept by the Nationals.

The Cardinals went 30-28 during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, losing to the Padres in a first-round series, before riding that franchise-record 17-game streak to reach the wild-card game again this season.

Shildt’s record of 255-199 gave him a winning percentage better than such luminaries as Branch Rickey and Tony La Russa.

Jonesboro sweeps Paragould

JONESBORO — Jonesboro cruised past Paragould 25-22, 25-15, 25-15 in 5A-East conference volleyball on Tuesday.

Jonesboro won the junior varsity match 25-18, 25-13.

GCT 3, Nettleton 1

PARAGOULD — Greene County Tech rallied to defeat Nettleton 22-25, 25-13, 25-18, 25-22 in 5A-East volleyball on Tuesday.

CRC’s Project Hope set for Oct. 30

PARAGOULD — Crowley’s Ridge College continues its annual “Project Hope” activities to spread awareness of and help fight breast cancer.

A full day of athletics begins at 10 a.m. when Brenden Camp’s current players will suit up at Pioneer Park against Crowley’s Ridge alumni.

The festivities continue with Jordan Malone hosting a softball Halloween scrimmage. The jovial first pitch is slated to be thrown at noon at Pioneer Park.

Both Project Hope events are open to the public with admission set at $5 for adults and $2 for CRC students. Admission includes entry to both games in addition to a pink “Project Hope” bracelet. Concessions will be available for purchase.

Partnering with the Arkansas Methodist Medical Center, all proceeds for Project Hope will be donated to provide free mammograms to members of the Paragould and Northeast Arkansas community.

To learn more about Project Hope contact the AMMC Foundation at: P.O. Box 339, Paragould, AR 72451-0339, or at foundation@arkansasmethodist.org, or call 870-239-7077.

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