Matt Holliday, St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer and franchise legend, will return to the team as manager Oliver Marmol’s bench coach, replacing Skip Schumaker, who left to become the manager of the Miami Marlins.
Fans all over Cardinal Nation expressed their excitement to see one of their all-time favorites wear the Birds on the Bat again.
Many Cardinals fans had been interested in the idea of Holliday returning to the team in some capacity, dating back to last offseason.
Holliday was asked about his new role and said he thought it was “the most intriguing place” as he decided whether or not he would like to manage in the future.
“For me, that’s the most intriguing place because I really enjoy strategy and being part of learning whether or not managing one day would be something I would be interested in.” — Matt Holiday on #stlcards bench coach, a launching pad to the manager. https://t.co/nQjdgJNAaH
—Derrick Goold (@dgoold) November 8, 2022
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It would be a good start for Holiday.
Holliday is the batting coach at Oklahoma State University, his alma mater for several years.
But next year, he will return to the Cardinals to serve as a bench coach.
Holliday will obviously have the immediate respect of the players, given his accomplishments in a Cardinals uniform.
Holliday was a key member of the Cards’ 2011 World Series Championship team and was a four-time All-Star during his eight years in St. Louis.
He will already have two former teammates in Adam Wainwright and Nolan Arenado on the roster.
But as a bench coach, he will have the opportunity to see what management entails and whether or not he thinks it would suit him in the future.
Cardinals fans would definitely be okay with the idea of him leading the team one day.