Mike Matheny gets 3-year extension

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals gave manager Mike Matheny a three-year contract extension Wednesday, rewarding him for deep postseason runs in his first two seasons in the job.

Matheny led the Cardinals to the World Series this year, losing in six games to Boston. In 2012, his first season managing at any level, St. Louis fell one game shy of reaching the Fall Classic.

"I love what I do," Matheny said during a news conference to announce the extension. "But to do it here in a place I call home is extremely special. ... I'm very grateful."

The 43-year-old Matheny was a four-time Gold Glove catcher with St. Louis and had one year left on his deal.

"We didn't want any distractions, we knew we wanted Mike to be a part of this organization for a long time," general manager John Mozeliak said Wednesday. "So we might as well deal with it and get it behind us.

"Obviously, with the success he's had he deserves this contract," Mozeliak added.

Cardinals president Bill DeWitt characterized Matheny's first two seasons as "pretty historic." Matheny called it "amazing ride."

"You look at how everything's kind of unfolded and you just never know," the manager added. "Opportunities come up and fortunately I've been surrounded by some very, very good people."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.