On Monday, St. Louis Cardinals Senior Vice President/General Manager John Mozeliak announced that the Cardinals have agreed to terms with four of their Major League coaches on one-year contracts for the 2011 season. In addition, Pitching Coach Dave Duncan has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with a mutual option for the 2013 season.
The Cardinals announced last week that Manager Tony La Russa had agreed to a one-year contract for 2011 with a mutual option for 2012.
Duncan will be entering his 16th season as the Cardinals Pitching Coach, and his Major League record 32nd season overall as a Pitching Coach. The Cardinals finished 4th in the National League in team ERA this past season while ranking 2nd in both walks and home runs allowed. Adam Wainwright became the team’s fourth 20-game winner under Duncan’s watch.
Mark McGwire will be entering his 2nd season as Hitting Coach after last year overseeing a Cardinals team that batted .263 – good for 2nd best in the National League. St. Louis batters had the league’s 2nd-fewest strikeouts and two Cardinals (Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday) finish among the N.L.’s top-10 in batting.
Also returning to La Russa’s staff will be First Base Coach Dave McKay, Third Base Coach Jose Oquendo and Bench Coach Joe Pettini.
McKay has been a member of La Russa’s coaching staffs dating back to 1986 in Oakland. Oquendo has been a member of the Cardinals Major League coaching staff since 1999 and Pettini has held the team’s Bench Coach duties since 2002.
The Cardinals still have plans to hire a Bullpen Coach from within the organization.