The St. Louis Cardinals have announced the coaching staff. It does not require much of a breakdown and honestly, I do not know if I could really provide one for the various coaches. The biggest news is that Skip Schumaker will be the Cardinals bench coach. The new assistant hitting coach is Turner Ward, per Jeff Jones of the Belleville New Democrat:
#stlcards have announced and finalized their coaching staff.— Jeff Jones (@jmjones) November 15, 2021
Skip Schumaker, as previously reported, is the bench coach. Turner Ward is the new assistant hitting coach. All other coaches return in their previous positions.
As you may recall, Schumaker is a former Cardinal. He spent eight seasons with the organization and was a crucial part of the 2011 World Series-winning team. He hit the game-winning triple in the 2011 NLDS Game 5 against Roy Halloday and the Philadelphia Phillies. He also received a ring as part of the 2006 World Series team. The Cardinals were looking to add some playing experience to the coaching staff, per Zachary Silver of MLB.com, making Schumaker a perfect fit. Per Silver:
“We think he brings a wealth of experience not necessarily ‘as a manager,’ but he understands the game, understands the Cardinals, and I think he’ll be an outstanding partner for Oli,” president of baseball John Mozelaik said recently. “I think they both have appreciation for each other’s skills.”
Turner Ward has experience in the big leagues as both a player and coach. He played for 12 years in the majors from 1990 through 2001 and has spent six years as a MLB hitting coach.
Played a dozen years in the big leagues and managed Goldschmidt in Double-A and was his hitting coach in the majors. Then was the hitting coach for the Dodgers for two years and the Reds for a year.— Jeff Jones (@jmjones) November 15, 2021
The rest of the staff returning will be:
Mike Maddux, pitching coach
Jeff Albert, hitting coach
Stubby Clapp, first-base coach
Ron “Pop” Warner, third-base coach
Bryan Eversgerd, bullpen coach
Willie McGee, outfield coordinator
Dusty Blake, pitching strategist
Patrick Elkins, run production coach
Jamie Pogue, bullpen catcher/catching instructor
Kleininger Teran, bullpen catcher
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*Scheduled tweet*— MLB (@MLB) November 12, 2021
For the 5th straight year, the NL Platinum Glove belongs to Nolan Arenado! pic.twitter.com/SAn2mEyXmq
Jose Oquendo quote on Gorman in this story (which is a fun read for prospects dorks like me):— Kevin Wheeler (@KevinWheeler94) November 11, 2021
"He’ll be an above-average defensive second baseman." https://t.co/Wz5lanHkCX
No better time to start getting ready for spring training than at the fair. Enjoy your bath clown. pic.twitter.com/xzFGRonpWm— Adam Wainwright (@UncleCharlie50) November 14, 2021
In sadder news former Cardinal Julio Lugo has passed away at the age of 45.
Julio Lugo's family told me of the death of the former MLB player, presumably due to a heart attack.— Enrique Rojas/ESPN (@Enrique_Rojas1) November 15, 2021
Lugo was 45 years old.#RIP