As expected, the St. Louis Cardinals have finalized 2016 contracts with the entire field staff under manager Mike Matheny. This is the first time in Matheny’s to-be five-year tenure that all of the prior year’s coaches are returning for the next season.
Pitching coach: Derek Lilliquist (5th year/15th in organization)
Hitting coach: John Mabry (4th year/5th in organization)
Bench coach: David Bell (2nd year/3rd in organization)
First base coach: Chris Maloney (5th year/22nd in organization)
Third base coach: Jose Oquendo (17th year/20th in organization)
Assistant hitting coach: Bill Mueller (2nd year/2nd in organization)
Bullpen coach: Blaise Ilsley (4th year/13th in organization)
Bullpen catcher: Jamie Pogue (5th year/5th in organization)
Half of the eight - Lilliquist, Maloney, Oquendo and Pogue - have remained in the same jobs for all five seasons under Matheny. Mabry has also been on the staff all five years, having moved up from assistant hitting coach for the 2013 season. Ilsley joined the Major League staff one season into Matheny’s tenure after having been the pitching coach at Triple-A Memphis.
Bell’s first assignment with the Cardinals was as the 2014 assistant hitting coach before moving to bench coach and being replaced by Mueller last season. They are the only two staffers with primarily non-Cardinals backgrounds, though Mueller is a St. Louis native.
Matheny remains under contract through 2017.
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