On Tuesday, the St. Louis Cardinals announced that Derek Lilliquist has been named the Cardinals bullpen coach for the 2011 season, replacing the fired Marty Mason. In addition, the team announced that Mike Aldrete will return as the team’s assistant hitting coach for the upcoming season. With the announcements, the team has all of their Major League coaches in place for next season.
The club also announced that Greg Hauck has been elevated to the position of Head Athletic Trainer while long-time Head Trainer Barry Weinberg will assume the team’s Assistant Athletic Trainer duties.
Lilliquist, 44, has been serving as the team’s pitching coordinator for the past three seasons (2008-10), working out of the Spring Training complex in Jupiter, Fla. Prior to moving into his pitching coordinator role, ‘Lilli’ was the pitching coach for the Palm Beach Cardinals (A) for four years (2004-07), a coach at the organization’s Peoria (A) affiliate in 2003 and at rookie level Johnson City in 2002.
The former left-handed starter-turned reliever spent five-plus years in the Major Leagues, recording 25 victories. He made 71 appearances with a 1.75 ERA for Cleveland in 1992 and earned 10 saves the following season for the Indians. Upon ending his professional playing career in 1997, he coached high school baseball at Vero Beach (Fla.) from 1998 to 2001.
The 2011 season will be Aldrete’s fourth as the team’s assistant hitting coach. The 49-year-old spent 10 seasons in the Majors, primarily as an outfielder/first baseman.
Hauck, 44, will be entering his seventh season with the Cardinals. He joined the team in 2005 as the Assistant Athletic Trainer. Hauck spent 13 years in the Oakland A’s organization before teaching and practicing Sports Medicine in the Arizona school system from 2001- 2004. In addition to being a certified Athletic Trainer, he is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach.
Weinberg will be in his 14th season with the team following 16 seasons as the Head Athletic Trainer for Oakland. He began his career in 1974 with the Pirates and has enjoyed two World Series titles as Head Trainer and has worked four All-Star Games.