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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Cardinals Matt Holliday
Matt Holliday #7 of the St. Louis Cardinals enters the dugout before the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) /

#1 – Matt Holliday

For months now, Matt Holliday has had his name thrown into the ring as a potential coach for the Cardinals, and recently added fuel to the fire by indicating interest in the bench coach position. 

Holliday was inducted as a Cardinal Hall of Famer in 2022, and has been a lot of time around the organization this year celebrating that and his former teammates. The 42-year old consistently talks about his love for this organization, and it seems like a very real possibility that Holliday would join the Cardinals dugout in 2023.

After losing Schumaker, Albert Pujols, and Molina already, Holliday’s presence would be a huge boost to a clubhouse that has a strong mix of veterans and young talent. Holliday’s pedigree garners respect, and he is someone that people tend to gravitate towards.

Many have suggested Holliday to become the Cardinals new hitting coach, as he has been spending time the last few years as a volunteer assistant hitting coach with Oklahoma State’s baseball team. Why not bring that experience to the bench coach role and have many different hitting voices in the dugout?

Mozeliak must do his due diligence in checking with Holliday for the role. If Holliday is serious about the position, then this is a slam dunk decision for the Cardinals front office.

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