Cardinals president confident in new bench coach Joe McEwing

ST. LOUIS — The resignation of Matt Holliday because the St. Louis Cardinals bench coach caught staff president of baseball operations John Mozeliak unexpectedly, however he is proud of the hiring of Joe McEwing.

Mozeliak addressed the media Saturday morning at Busch Stadium through the Cardinals Winter Up weekend. He stated he discovered that Holliday was going to step down Jan. 7.

“I’ve recognized Matt a very long time and have the utmost respect for him,” Mozeliak stated. “When you discover out somebody is stepping down out of your teaching employees in the second week of January, frankly, it is not ultimate. But, I got here into my workplace final Sunday, and for lack of a contemporary phrase, I checked out my Rolodex to try to work out what we may do.”

Mozeliak defined that he explored inner strikes and promotions to the place and examined what the domino impact of that may be on the group. He additionally checked out what outdoors choices he needed to fill the position.

Mozeliak ended up selecting McEwing to return in for the job. Holliday, a member of the Cardinals Hall of Fame, was introduced because the staff’s new bench coach Nov. 6. Now, supervisor Oliver Marmol’s new bench coach is McEwing, a former Cardinal participant.

“Beggars cannot be choosers however I can inform you so far as popping out on the optimistic facet of this, I feel we did,” Mozeliak stated.

McEwing, 50, spent 16 seasons in the Chicago White Sox group. He labored his method up from minor league coach to massive league third base coach (2012-16, 2021-22) and bench coach (2017-20). McEwing was let go after the White Sox named Pedro Grifol their new supervisor in November.

In 9 seasons in the majors as a participant, McEwing hit .251 with 25 residence runs for the Cardinals, Mets, Royals and Astros.

McEwing additionally was certainly one of 5 candidates to obtain interviews for the Cardinals’ managerial place following Tony La Russa’s retirement in 2011. That job went to Mike Matheny.

“We’re very lucky to finish up the place we did,” Mozeliak stated. “Joe McEwing is somebody with expertise. He has historical past with the St. Louis Cardinals. Anyone who is aware of him or been round him, he actually does exemplify all the things the Cardinals stand for. We’re actually thrilled that we may find yourself with Joe given the brief discover and the truth that look, in 3 1/2 weeks we’re down in Jupiter.”

The departure of Holliday was the fifth change to the St. Louis league employees this offseason. Bench coach Skip Schumaker left to turn into the supervisor of the Miami Marlins. Mike Maddux determined to depart and he has been employed because the pitching coach with the Texas Rangers. Hitting coach Jeff Albert left and now has a coordinator position with the New York Mets. Bryan Eversgerd was reassigned in the group as a particular assistant.

The Cardinals stuffed these openings internally by selling Turner Ward to hitting coach and Dusty Blake to pitching coach. Daniel Nicolaisen, beforehand a minor league hitting coordinator, has additionally been added to the most important league hitting employees as a 3rd hitting coach.

Holliday, 42, final performed in the majors in 2018 after which retired. He had no earlier teaching or managerial expertise on the professional stage earlier than becoming a member of the Cardinals this offseason. He had served as an outfield and hitting coach for Oklahoma State, the place his brother Josh is the top coach, from 2019 to ’22.

Holliday has 4 youngsters, three of them highschool age or youthful. The oldest son, Jackson, was the primary total choose in the 2022 MLB draft and signed this previous summer time with the Baltimore Orioles. The second oldest son, Ethan, is rated as one of many high highschool gamers in the nation and he has dedicated to Oklahoma State.

The Cardinals gained the NL Central with a 93-69 file in 2022. They had been swept in a best-of-three wild-card sequence by the eventual National League pennant-winning Philadelphia Phillies.

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