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Cardinals Insider Reveals Potential Replacements for Skip Schumaker as Bench Coach

Isaiah De Los Santos
A St. Louis Cardinals insider has revealed potential replacements for Skip Schumaker as the team's bench coach.
A St. Louis Cardinals insider has revealed potential replacements for Skip Schumaker as the team's bench coach. / (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

The St. Louis Cardinals' coaching staff took a hit on Tuesday after Skip Schumaker was poached by the Miami Marlins for their managerial opening. St. Louis now has a hole at bench coach once again, and many are wondering who could fill Schumaker's role in 2023.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch broke down some potential candidates for the job after news of Schumaker's departure.

Goold first outlined internal options the Cardinals may turn to. First-base coach Stubby Clapp, third-base coach Ron Warner and Triple-A Memphis manager Bob Johnson are all in play to replace Schumaker.

"Third base coach Ron 'Pop' Warner handled the bench-coach duties during Schumaker’s late-season absence, but Warner has also expressed his fondness for coaching third base."

Derrick Goold, St. Louis Post Dispatch

However, Goold also reports franchise legend Matt Holiday "is close with Marmol" and has had "previous talks about a role with the organization." Holiday would fit the Schumaker mold perfectly of a former key Cardinals player returning for an important coaching role.

More information is expected Wednesday on the Cardinals' in-flux staff, as the team also faces decisions regarding pitching coach Mike Maddux and hitting coach Jeff Albert. Who fills the bench Schumaker's role will be especially notable, since St. Louis' last four bench coaches have gone on to become managers.

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