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Matt Holliday Gives Thoughts on Cardinals' Bench Coach Opening

Larry Rupp
Matt Holliday gave his thoughts on the St. Louis Cardinals' bench coach opening.
Matt Holliday gave his thoughts on the St. Louis Cardinals' bench coach opening. / AP Photos/Tom Gannam

The hiring of Skip Schumaker as the Miami Marlins manager leaves the St. Louis Cardinals in need of a new bench coach moving forward. Reports claim manager Oliver Marmol could look toward long-time Cardinals slugger Matt Holliday, who recently shared his thoughts on joining the organization.

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Holliday appeared on the radio show "Hot Take Central" on Monday morning and explained he'd be open to discussing the bench coach position. However, he has not spoken to John Mozeliak, St. Louis president of baseball operations, about it yet. That conversation could be coming up soon.

Keep in mind Holliday was recently inducted in to the Cardinals Hall of Fame and has stated in the past that he is close with Marmol. The 15-year MLB veteran spent eight seasons playing in front of St. Louis fans and batted .296 with 22 home runs in 2011, which was the year the Cardinals won it all.

Holliday has still been involved with the sport since retiring in 2018, serving as a volunteer coach for the Oklahoma State Cowboys. His older brother, Josh, has been the head coach there for 10 years. Jackson Holliday (Matt's son) was the first overall pick in the 2022 MLB Draft, so it's a baseball family.

The St. Louis Dispatch reports that the departure of Shumaker "offers a glimpse into what could be several changes coming to Oliver Marmol’s staff." It'll be interesting to see how the front office decides to fill in the gaps at bench coach as well as hitting coach for the upcoming 2023 season.

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