Cardinals 2012 spring interview: Derrick May

Our annual St. Louis Cardinals spring training interview series continues with an in-depth discussion with minor league hitting coordinator Derrick May.

Former first-round draft pick and Major League outfielder Derrick May continues to contribute to the game he loves. Now 43, he has been involved in professional baseball for a quarter-century. In 2012, May has begun his eighth year coaching in the St. Louis Cardinals system.

May at work
After four years as hitting coach for the Double-A Springfield Cardinals, "D-May" was named the organization's minor league hitting coordinator prior to last season. It is a different role, assisting several hundred players as well as the team hitting coaches, the role he was previously held.

It requires him to keep a bit of a distance, while remaining hands on. Rather than sitting behind a screen in what would be fair territory off to one side behind home plate in spring games, May prefers to scan the action in four games at once. As the photo indicates, the coordinator positions himself in the tower strategically located among all four fields in the George Kissell Quad at the Cardinals facility in Jupiter, Fla.

In the following exclusive audio clip, May discusses his role as well as some of the Cardinals hitters who have stood out this spring.


Earlier interviews in this series:
John Vuch
Erik Komatsu
Trevor Rosenthal

What's coming next? Other exclusive interviews ahead in this series include Matt Adams, Tommy Pham, Moises Rodriguez and Chris Maloney.

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