The Cardinals introduced Thursday that Matt Holliday has resigned from his place because the staff’s bench coach. He’ll get replaced by Joe McEwing, who’s spent the previous 15 years on the White Sox’ teaching workers. It’s a stunning announcement, provided that Holliday was only hired to the post again in early November. Both Bob Nightengale of USA Today and Katie Woo of The Athletic recommend that Holliday’s resolution got here right down to a matter of eager to spend extra time along with his household (Twitter links).
Holliday, 43 this weekend, performed within the huge leagues from 2004 to 2018, donning a Cardinals uniform for a lot of that point. It thus made for an thrilling return to the franchise when it was reported in November that he would take over the bench coach job that was left vacant when Skip Schumaker left to develop into supervisor of the Marlins.
However, with Spring Training now simply over the horizon, it seems that Holliday has had a change of coronary heart. Instead of returning to the MLB life of regularly being on the transfer from roughly January/February via October/November, he’ll select a less-nomadic path and spend extra time along with his household. Holliday has 4 youngsters with the eldest of these 4, Jackson Holliday, having simply been chosen by the Orioles with the primary total choose within the 2022 draft.
As for McEwing, 50, he spent a while with the Cardinals as a participant again in 1998 and 1999. He went on to go well with up for the Mets, Royals and Astros. He’s since transitioned into teaching, beginning within the minor leagues of the White Sox system in 2008. He jumped as much as the massive league staff for the 2012 season, spending time as third base coach and bench coach via 2022.