Cardinals hire former slugger Matt Holliday as bench coach

The St. Louis Cardinals hired former slugger Matt Holliday, who helped the team win the World Series in 2011, as manager Oliver Marmol's bench coach Sunday.

Holliday replaces Skip Schumaker, who was hired last month as the manager of the Miami Marlins.

The Cardinals also announced that Dusty Blake, who had been a pitching strategist, was promoted to pitching coach and Turner Ward, who had been an assistant hitting coach, was promoted to hitting coach. Blake replaces Mike Maddux, and Ward takes over for Jeff Albert. Both stepped away after long tenures with the Cardinals.

Cardinals president John Mozeliak acknowledged the club would have a lot of openings to fill late last month, saying he wasn't opposed to hiring someone from outside the organization.

"We want to make sure we're addressing all our needs," Mozeliak said.

He got the best of both worlds in Holliday. The 42-year-old slugger, a seven-time All-Star during his 15-year big league career, had been coaching at Oklahoma State in his hometown of Stillwater.

Holliday began his career with the Colorado Rockies before spending eight years in St. Louis, where he became a fan favorite. Holliday retired in 2018 after a year with the New York Yankees and a final year in Colorado.

The Cardinals filled out their coaching staff by choosing Brandon Allen, a member of their minor league staff, to replace Ward as their assistant hitting coach. Julio Rangel, who had been with the Red Sox, will be the new assistant pitching coach.

Patrick Elkins will return for another season as the club's run-production specialist. Stubby Clapp will be back as first-base coach, Pop Warner as third-base coach, Willie McGee as a coach and Jamie Pogue and Kleininger Teran as bullpen catchers.

The Cardinals went 93-69 and won their second National League Central title in the past four years. They were swept by the eventual NL champion Philadelphia Phillies in their two-game, wild-card series.