On Thursday, the Cardinals announced the managers and coaching staffs for their affiliate teams for the 2018 season. With the announcement came several changes - particularly two new assignments.
Former St. Louis All-Stars Ryan Ludwick and Jason Isringhausen were added to the Minor League field staff to serve in their particular specialties. For Ludwick, he will be the hitting instructor; Isringhausen will serve as one of two pitching instructors.
Ludwick spent parts of five years with the Cardinals, garnering National League All-Star honors in 2008. In 2008, Ludwick had a 5.4 WAR with 37 homers and a 151 wRC+ in 152 games for the Cardinals.
Isringhausen was an All-Star closer with the Cardinals in 2005, one of seven seasons he pitched in the Gateway City. In his time with the Cardinals, Isringhausen converted 207 saves in 255 opportunities, posting a 2.98 ERA in 408 frames over the span.
Seven of the organization’s nine managers from the previous season will be returning, including Memphis skipper Stubby Clapp. In his first year at the helm, Clapp led the Redbirds to the PCL Title. In turn, he was named the 2017 Minor League Baseball Manager of the Year.
Erick Almonte will manage the GCL Cardinals and John Matos will manage the DSL Cardinals 2 after they served on their respective staffs in the prior season.