JUPITER, Fla. - Fan favorite Willie McGee is officially back as a member of the Cardinals organization.
McGee, who has served as a volunteer Spring Training instructor the past few years, has joined the Cardinals as a Special Assistant to the General Manager and will focus on the Minor Leagues.
“We are pleased to announce Willie’s return to the Cardinals organization,” general manager John Mozeliak said in a statement. “Willie has a wealth of experience in the game and he is eager to pass on his observations and teachings.”
McGee will apparently serve as a roving instructor and will travel to spend time with the different Cardinals’ Minor League affiliates to work with the younger players in the system.
The 54-year-old McGee hit .295 during his 18-year big league career, which included 13 years as a Cardinal. He won two batting titles and the 1985 MVP Award. He retired from the Cardinals in 1999 after also winning three Gold Gloves and making four All-Star appearances.