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Matheny makes fresh start with Royals, says he has worked on improving relationship skills

Some of that “slop,” Matheny said, was not the daily give-and-take with the media but “some of the blowback from no matter what was said. There are a few people who have a knack for not caring what people think. I care.”

But the Cardinals missed the postseason in 2016-17 and would miss it again in 2018 after Matheny was dismissed in July when the team’s record was 47-46.

2018: Matheny, before the start of his last game with the team
St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny sits in the dugout before the start of the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Saturday, July 14, 2018, in St.