An emotional Mike Shildt didn’t hold back in saying he remains heartbroken after he was fired by the St. Louis Cardinals.
There’s plenty of excitement for the St. Louis Cardinals heading into the new season, as the Albert Pujols signing has people over the moon. For Mike Shildt, though, he’s going to have to watch all of the fun from a far, as the Padres hired him as a player development consultant.
Following the 2021 campaign, Shildt was fired by the Cardinals in what was a bit of a surprising move. Since then, Oliver Marmol has replaced him. For Shildt, he didn’t hesitate in letting everyone know just how rough it is for him knowing he won’t be with the club this spring and summer.
Mike Shildt remains devastated over being fired by St. Louis
“I have a broken heart,’’ Shildt told Bob Nightengale of USA Today. “It still hurts. It hurts bad. When it first happened, I broke down. I was inconsolable. I got better as time went on. Then I got down here, put on the Padres uniform, and it hit me. Now, it just hit me again.’’
From that quote, you can see the firing still bothers the ex-Cardinals skipper. Now that Shildt is in San Diego, he’s surely enjoying the California sunshine this time of year, but he obviously didn’t want to leave St. Louis. This team has loads of potential and they were hoping to go on a deep postseason run in 2021.
Instead, they ran into the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL Wild Card and suffered a 3-1 loss. After that, Shildt was informed that he wouldn’t be back with the team. He spent a total of four seasons with the Cardinals, posting a 252-199 record overall.