St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - The St. Louis Cardinals announced two
promotions to their coaching staff on Monday, most notably John Mabry's
ascension to the role of hitting coach to replace Mark McGwire.
Mabry spent last season as assistant hitting coach to McGwire, the embattled
slugger who was welcomed back to baseball by the Cards upon his hiring
following the 2009 season.
After three seasons in that role, McGwire informed St. Louis he will not
return, and the Los Angeles Times reported on Friday that he is expected to be
named to the same post with the Dodgers.
In addition, the Cards promoted Blaise Ilsley to bullpen coach after a five-
year stint as pitching coach for the club's Triple-A affiliate in Memphis.
St. Louis also extended offers to pitching coach Derek Lilliquist, bench coach
Mike Aldrete, third base coach Jose Oquendo and first base coach Chris Maloney
to return to their same posts in 2013.
"The contributions made by our coaches has helped to assure a winning culture
throughout the Cardinals organization," noted Cardinals general manager John
Mozeliak. "We are fortunate to be in a position to have such talented coaches
within our organization who are at-the-ready when opportunities at the big
league level arise."
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