Cardinals Add a New Coach – Mike Aldrete

Tony La Russa's St. Louis Cardinals have created a new coaching position to work with hitters and former major league player and coach Mike Aldrete has accepted the assignment.

According to the The Monterey County Herald (CA) (registration required), former major league player and coach Mike Aldrete, 46, has accepted a new position on the St. Louis Cardinals' staff under Manager Tony La Russa for the 2008 season.

Aldrete explained the additional role on the coaching staff will be oriented around working with the hitters, including computer work and scouting and evaluation as well as suiting up before games and traveling with the team and perhaps throwing batting practice.

The former Stanford University star was originally drafted and signed by the San Francisco Giants in 1983 and played in the major leagues for parts of ten seasons, from 1986 through 1996, with the exception of 1992. That included almost three years with La Russa's Oakland A's spent as a reserve first baseman and outfielder from 1993 through partway through the 1995 season, La Russa's final year with the A's.

He had 2147 at-bats in the majors, but Aldrete spent almost as much time in the minors, amassing 2031 at-bats there over nine seasons. After his retirement, Aldrete was at Class-A Yakima as hitting coach in 2001 and manager in 2002 and also skippered Lancaster in 2003.

Aldrete rejoined the big leagues as first base coach for the Seattle Mariners in 2004 and followed Bob Melvin to Arizona to become the hitting coach for the Diamondbacks for the 2005-2006 seasons before returning home to help coach his sons' team at Salinas, CA High School last year.

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