In his first comments since his firing was announced on Thursday, former Cardinals manager Mike Shildt admitted multiple factors, including differing opinions on the use of analytics, played a part in his departure from the organization.

“There is merit (to those factors)” Shildt said in a text message to The Athletic on Sunday. “But not the entire picture.”

A source close to the organization indicated that fallout between general manager John Mozeliak and Shildt began to take place midway through the season, when the Cardinals' current roster began to crumble due to a combination of injuries and underperformance. Another league source also hinted that the front office’s initial refusal to bolster a failing roster played a role in the growing disconnect.

A source described one of the biggest differences between management and the front office came over the implementation of analytics, something Mozeliak and the front office wanted to push further, but something Shildt wasn’t eager to do.