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Cards Announce 3 Year Extension for Matheny

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St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny comments on his contract extension at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on November 20, 2013. Matheny, who guided his team to the 2013 World Series in only his second year at the helm, has agreed to an extension through the 2017 season. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny comments on his contract extension at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on November 20, 2013. Matheny, who guided his team to the 2013 World Series in only his second year at the helm, has agreed to an extension through the 2017 season. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) - It looks like the St. Louis Cardinals and manager Mike Matheny are a good fit.

At a press conference Wednesday the Cardinals announced a three year extension with Matheny.

The extension ensures that the 43-year-old will manager the Cardinals through 2017.

“I’ve always taken the position that the best way to operate a franchise and maintain continuity is to maintain the core personnel responsible for our success,” Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. said at the conference. “Whether it’s on-field, front office, elsewhere, we’ve tried to do that through the years and this is another example of that.”

Adding, “Mike has done an outstanding job in his first two seasons and we are thrilled to have him as our manager for at least the next four years.”

In his first two seasons as manager Matheny has posted a 185-139 record (.571 win pct. – 4th best in majors) in regular season play and a 16-14 mark in the postseason.

His team won the 2012 Wild Card game and Division Series and in 2013 posted wins in both the Division and League Championship Series.

“Fortunately, we’ve had a group of guys who’ve played extremely well in the two years I’ve been here,” Matheny told reporters. “I just can’t imagine doing anything that I enjoy more than what I’m doing right now.”

Matheny is the first Cardinals manager to have piloted the team to the postseason in each of his first two full seasons with the ball club and he’s the 8th all-time to have done so, joining Ron Gardenhire (2002-04), Bob Brenly (2001-02), Larry Dierker (1997-99), Ralph Houk (1961-63), Mickey Cochrane (1934-35), Bucky Harris (1924-25) and Hughie Jennings (1907-09).

Matheny, who in 2012, at the age of 41, was the youngest manager in the majors, piloted the Cardinals to the National League Championship Series while also becoming the first rookie manager to lead the Redbirds to the postseason since Eddie Dyer did so in 1946.

Matheny is slated to manage the 2014 National League All-Star team next July in Minneapolis.

Carpenter Is Retiring

Matheny joined DeWitt and general manager John Mozeliak, to also announced Wednesday that veteran Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter has decided to retire as an active player.

The right-hander has pitched just three times in the last two years because of injuries.

Mozeliak said the club has offered the 38-year-old an opportunity to remain with the franchise in an off-field capacity.

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