Cardinals: Ranking bench coach replacements for St. Louis

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JUNE 8: Yadier Molina #4 of the St. Louis Cardinals acknowledges the crowd after pitching a scoreless eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays in a baseball game at Tropicana Field on June 8, 2022 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JUNE 8: Yadier Molina #4 of the St. Louis Cardinals acknowledges the crowd after pitching a scoreless eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays in a baseball game at Tropicana Field on June 8, 2022 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images) /
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Memphis Redbirds Head Coach Ben Johnson talks to the umpires during their opening day game against the Gwinnett Stripers at AutoZone Park on Tuesday, April 5, 2022.Redbirds 7
Memphis Redbirds Head Coach Ben Johnson talks to the umpires during their opening day game against the Gwinnett Stripers at AutoZone Park on Tuesday, April 5, 2022.Redbirds 7 /

#3 – Ben Johnson

The Cardinals have been known to promote from within when it comes to coaching roles in St. Louis, and Ben Johnson could be next in line to join the St. Louis staff as the club’s new bench coach.

Johnson, 42, has been the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds manager since 2019, and has been gaining respect within the Cardinals organization year by year. Much like manager Oli Marmol, he could benefit the club’s major league roster greatly with the seasoning he has received in the minor leagues.

Johnson may not carry the same name recognition has others, but he does have relationships with many of the Cardinals up and comers, and could be a great bridge for players like Nolan Gorman, Matthew Liberatore, Ivan Herrera, Juan Yepez, and others who have spent significant time in Memphis.

Don’t be surprised if St. Louis goes this route, as promotions like this have tended to work in the Cardinals favor in the past.

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