After announcing the additions of Jose Oquendo and Willie McGee to the major league coaching staff on Monday, it appears the Cardinals are ready to fill their final major vacancy on Mike Matheny’s staff for the upcoming season.
According to multiple reports, the Cardinals will name Mike Maddux as the team’s new pitching coach. Maddux will replace Derek Lilliquist after St. Louis elected not to renew his contract following the 2017 season.
In the wake of the departure of Lilliquist—who had served as St. Louis pitching coach since 2012—the rumor mill implied the Cardinals had heavy interest in former Tampa Bay Rays pitching coach Jim Hickey. After the Cubs parted with pitching coach Chris Bosio, the tides seemed to turn in their favor for Hickey’s services, especially considering his prior relationship with Cubs manager Joe Maddon.
With several teams in play for Hickey, the Cardinals pouncing quickly for Maddux ensures the club will be left with a respected veteran pitching coach to handle the young St. Louis pitching staff. A major-league pitching coach since 2003, Maddux had most recently served as the pitching coach of the Washington Nationals for 2016 and 2017. After Washington fired manager Dusty Baker following their disappointing NLDS loss to Chicago earlier this month, Maddux’s contract was not renewed by the Nationals, opening the door for the Cardinals to pursue him. As pitching coach for the Nationals this season, the 56-year-old Maddux oversaw a pitching staff with the second-best ERA in the majors (2.66).
Before his coaching career, Maddux—older brother of former MLB Hall of Fame pitcher Greg Maddux—pitched in the majors for 10 different franchises from 1986 to 2000. He posted a 4.05 ERA for his career, going 39-37 with 564 career strikeouts.
According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Memphis pitching coach Bryan Eversgerd will join the St. Louis staff as bullpen coach.