The St. Louis Cardinals have announced that former minor league manager Phillip Wellman will be the new hitting coach for the Springfield Cardinals in 2011, joining fifth-year manager Ron “Pop” Warner, Pitching Coach Bryan Eversgerd and new Athletic Trainer Jason Hall.
Wellman has been in professional baseball for 27 years and has spent 11 of those as a manager in the Southern League. He recently finished a four-year run as the skipper of the Double-A Mississippi Braves, where he guided his team to a league championship in 2008.
“I have heard nothing but good things about Springfield,” Wellman said. “The facility and the fan base certainly have a great reputation, and I can’t wait to be a part of it.”
The San Antonio, Texas native began his playing career in 1984 and since 1988 has been coaching and managing. Wellman is also an avid hunter and claims that, “I have two uniforms; my baseball uniform and my cammo gear.”
“We are very excited to have Phillip join our experienced staff this season,” Springfield Vice President and General Manager, Matt Gifford said. “He has a long track record of getting the most out of his players and along with ‘Pop’ Warner and Bryan Eversgerd, the 2011 Springfield Cardinals will be in great hands.”
Derrick May, the Cardinals Hitting Coach from 2007 to 2010, will be the St. Louis Cardinals Minor League Hitting Coordinator and will spend the season traveling throughout the system evaluating and instructing each hitter.
Editor’s note: Wellman was the 2008 Manager of the Year for the Braves system, but may be most famous for a tirade against umpires after his pitcher was tossed from a game the prior season. That act led to a three-game suspension.