Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/3/11

The St. Louis Cardinals have hired former player John Mabry as assistant hitting coach on new manager Mike Matheny's staff.

Mabry, who will work under hitting coach Mark McGwire, replaces Mike Aldrete. He was promoted to bench coach.

The 41-year-old Mabry spent 14 seasons in the majors, including three stints with the Cardinals.

His best season with the club came in 1996 when he hit .297 with 21 homers and 74 RBIs.

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