Willie McGee joins Cardinals organization as special assistant
ST. LOUIS - SEPTEMBER 30: Ozzie Smith #1 and Willie McGee #51 of the 1985 St. Louis Cardinals team stand on the field before the game on September 30, 2005 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images). By Elsa
St. Louis Cardinals visiting coach Ozzie Smith, left, talks to visiting coach Willie McGee, right, at spring training baseball, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) By Julio Cortez
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.