Holliday Returns to Cardinals, Blake and Ward Promoted

photo: Matt Holliday (Scott Kane/USA TODAY Sports)

St. Louis Cardinals press release

The St. Louis Cardinals announced their 2023 Major League coaching staff today (Sunday, November 6) with five newly-filled positions announced, along with six returning coaches, and Oliver Marmol, who will be entering his second season as the Redbirds manager.

Matt Holliday (USA TODAY Sports Images)

New to their positions on the 2023 staff will be Cardinals Hall of Famer and former outfielder Matt Holliday as Bench Coach, Dusty Blake as Pitching Coach, and Turner Ward as Hitting Coach.

In addition, Brandon Allen, a member of the Cardinals Minor League coaching staff, has been named Assistant Hitting Coach, and Julio Rangel, most recently a member of the Boston Red Sox staff, has been named Assistant Pitching Coach/Bullpen.

Returning coaching staff members include Patrick Elkins (Run Production), Stubby Clapp (1st Base), Ron “Pop” Warner (3rd Base), Willie McGee (Coach), Jamie Pogue (Bullpen Catcher) and Kleininger Teran (Bullpen Catcher).

Turner Ward (USA TODAY Sports)

Holliday, 42, who has recently been coaching at Oklahoma State University, will be entering his first coaching stint at the Major League level after a 15-year playing career that included seven All-Star selections and a World Series title with the Cardinals in 2011.

Ward, 57, has previously held the Hitting Coach position with Cincinnati (2019), Los Angeles Dodgers (2016-18) and Arizona (2014-15).  He joined the Cardinals Major League coaching staff this past season as Assistant Hitting Coach.

Dusty Blake (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Blake, 40, joined the Cardinals organization in 2021 as Pitching Strategist.  He served as the Pitching Coach for Duke University from 2018-20 and pitched collegiately for Appalachian State University.

Allen, 36, spent four seasons (2009-12) in the majors playing outfield for Arizona, Oakland and Tampa Bay.  He has been a member of the Cardinals minor league coaching staff since 2017, including the past three seasons as the Hitting Coach at Memphis (AAA).

Rangel, 47, has extensive coaching experience dating back to 2016 after a seven-year playing career in the New York Yankees minor league system from 1994-2000.  The Panama native served as the Red Sox Pitching Coordinator the last two seasons, and held the Major League Pitching Coach position for the Texas Rangers from 2019-20.

TCN notes

  • Holliday replaces Skip Schumaker, new manager of the Miami Marlins.
  • Ward replaces Jeff Albert, who declined to return.
  • Blake replaces Mike Maddux, who declined to return. He is rumored to be interested in the open Pitching Coach job with the Texas Rangers.
  • Allen replaces Ward. Triple-A Memphis will need a new hitting coach for 2023.
  • Rangel replaces Bryan Eversgerd, who was reassigned within the organization.

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