Some big changes are coming for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2023, most notably with the coaching staff.
Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch revealed that both pitching coach Mike Maddux and hitting coach Jeff Albert would be stepping down from their roles.
Losing Maddux is a tough situation for the Cardinals.
Maddux brought incredible experience and wisdom to the Cardinals’ coaching staff.
As for Albert, the Cardinals might be best served finding another hitting coach.
While they were a top-five offense in many categories in 2022, the Cardinals often times struggled to find consistency.
St. Louis also managed a total of just three runs in their Wild Card Series loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.
“We have a lot of openings,” said president of baseball operations John Mozeliak.
Jeff Albert as elected not to return as hitting coach. Mike Maddux is stepping down as pitching coach.
“We have a lot of openings,” Mozeliak says.#stlcards
— Derrick Goold (@dgoold) October 26, 2022
Cards Make Changes To Coaching Staff
For the past several years, Cardinals fans have wanted to see some change within the organization, most notably with the hitting coach position.
Albert has drawn a great deal of criticism from Cardinals fans via social media.
He was hired in 2019 after a year with the Houston Astros.
From there, the Cards began to regress offensively, falling near the bottom of the National League in runs scored.
This season, they were tied with the New York Mets for the third-most runs scored in the NL and fifth most in all of baseball.
The Cardinals could potentially promote assistant hitting coach Turner Ward to the main position and have somebody like Ryan Ludwick, who is well respected within the organization, fill the assistant position.