(The Chirp) - Multiple media reports say the St. Louis Cardinals are expected to stay within the family in finding an replacement for former hitting coach Mark McGwire who has left the club and is set to accept the same position with the Dodgers.
While the Cardinals offered no comment on coaching matters yesterday, Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote the John Mabry is expected to be named as the new hitting coach as soon as Monday. The club is expected to announce Triple-A Memphis pitching coach Blaise Ilsley as their new bullpen coach on the same day.
Mabry joined Mike Matheny's staff as assistant hitting coach last offseason after Mike Aldrete was promoted to bench coach. A former Cardinal, he played eight seasons of his 14-year major league career with the club.