ST. LOUIS - The Cardinals have tabbed assistant hitting coach John Mabry as the replacement for hitting coach Mark McGwire, who left to take the same position with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The club has also promoted Triple-A Memphis pitching coach Blaise Ilsley to the bullpen coach position with the big league team. Ilsley, 48, spent five seasons with Memphis and replaces former bullpen coach Dyar Miller.
Mabry learned under McGwire during his first season as a professional coach in 2012, spending numerous hours with hitters in the batting cage both before and during games. Now he takes charge of an offense that was the best in the league under McGwire from 2010-2012.
Thats really exciting for us, said first baseman Allen Craig. This was the first year that a lot of us spent time with him on a daily basis and we all got to really understand how much he knows about the game and his approach. I think it will be a really good fit because we all know him well and we work with him wel...