ST. LOUIS, Mo., November 16, 2011 –The St. Louis Cardinals and newly-named Manager Mike Matheny today announced the team’s coaching staff for the upcoming 2012 season.
Returning to their current positions will be Pitching Coach Dave Duncan, Third Base Coach Jose Oquendo, Hitting Coach Mark McGwire and Bullpen Coach Derek Lilliquist. Assistant Hitting Coach Mike Aldrete has been elevated to the Bench Coach position and Memphis (AAA) Manager Chris Maloney has been promoted to the First Base Coaching post.
“Just like our players, the Cardinals organization places a high-level of expectation on its coaches,” said Matheny. “I have great admiration for the work these men have done throughout their careers and we will continue to invest in the preparation, coaching and leadership necessary to build upon that success.”
“Once we identified Mike (Matheny) as our new manager, he quickly went to work in assembling a coaching staff that offers a wealth of experience and leadership, but he also looked at areas where we could provide growth opportunities for key members from within the organization,” said Cardinals Senior Vice President/General Manager John Mozeliak. “We are extremely excited about our staff for next season.”
Duncan, 66, will be entering his 17th season as the Cardinals pitching coach in 2012 and his 33rd overall – the most all-time among Major League pitching coaches.
Oquendo, 48, will be entering his 13th season as the team’s third base coach and his 14th season as a member of the Cardinals Major League coaching staff. Oquendo is a key contributor to the team’s infield play.
McGwire, 48, has been the Cardinals Hitting Coach each of the past two seasons, this year overseeing the National League’s top hitting (.273) and run-scoring (762) offense.