- The St. Louis Cardinals have announced their minor league coaching staffs for the upcoming 2011 season, with Manager Ron "Pop" Warner returning for a fifth year to lead the Cardinals into another Texas League campaign. Warner tied a franchise record in 2010 with 76 regular season wins and took the eventual Texas League Champion NW Arkansas Naturals to a decisive fifth game in the Division Finals. The Cardinals have reached the playoffs in three of his four seasons in Springfield.
Warner will see a familiar face in the dugout as Bryan Eversgerd will return as the Springfield pitching coach and newcomer Jason Hall will serve as the new Athletic Trainer.
Bryan Eversgerd will begin his second stint as the pitching coach in Springfield after one season in the Florida State League. His Palm Beach pitchers had the 5th best ERA (3.52) in the 12-team league. 2011 will be Eversgerd's third in Springfield and 9th overall in the Cardinals Organization. The Cardinals would like to extend their thanks to 2010 Pitching Coach Dennis Martinez for his hard work and professionalism. Martinez will return to Palm Beach for the 2011 season as their Pitching Coach.
Rounding out the 2011 Field Staff will be new Athletic Trainer, Jason Hall. Jason will shed his blue and white pinstripes of the Chicago Cubs Organization and join the Springfield Cardinals. Hall was with the Cubs for two seasons and was also a strength and conditioning intern with the Florida Marlins.
Springfield will have a new hitting coach for the first time since 2007 as Derrick May has been promoted to the position of Minor League Hitting Coordinator. May will spend the season traveling throughout the Cardinals System evaluating and instructing each hitter. Springfield's new hitting coach will be determined at a later time.
"Having "Pop" back continues the great continuity for the club on the field," Vice President / General Manager Matt Gifford said. "I think our fans have come to appreciate how hard he and his staff work to develop the future of St. Louis Cardinals baseball. We're also very excited to have Bryan Eversgerd back in Springfield and welcome Jason Hall to the Cardinals family."
The Springfield Cardinals will host the St. Louis Cardinals in an exhibition game March 29th at 7:07pm at Hammons Field before beginning the regular season on April 7th in Frisco, Texas. Springfield will open up at home on April 14th at 7:07pm. For ticket information about the Cardinals/Cardinals exhibition game or the regular season please call the Springfield Cardinals Front Office at (417) 863-0395 or visit www.springfieldcardinals.com.
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