Shocking news hit St. Louis this morning when it was revealed that Matt Holliday, who had been hired as the new bench coach for the St. Louis Cardinals, suddenly resigned from the post before the start of spring training.
He will be replaced by longtime Chicago White Sox coach Joe McEwing.
Holliday played eight seasons with the Cardinals after being acquired from the Oakland Athletics in 2009.
He became a staple in the St. Louis organization, earning four All-Star nods and winning a World Series ring during his time with the Cardinals.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported the news on Twitter.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) January 12, 2023
This is shocking news.
Holliday was hired as the new bench coach in November.
But with just a month to go before spring training, the Cardinals Hall-of-Famer has resigned from the post before ever putting the uniform back on.
Holliday’s reason for resigning has yet to be revealed.
McEwing spent 16 years in the White Sox organization and served as the team’s third-base coach under former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa.
He played nine seasons in Major League Baseball, spending his first two seasons with the Cardinals before playing six years with the New York Mets and making brief stops with the Kansas City Royals and Houston Astros.
While McEwing is a welcome addition to the Cardinals coaching staff, it certainly comes as a surprise.
Holliday was a fan favorite during his time in St. Louis and fans were ecstatic about his potential return.
Unfortunately, that will not come to pass.