Cardinals hire ’11 champ Daniel Descalso as bench coach

Former World Series champion Daniel Descalso, who became a fan favorite in St. Louis during his time with the Cardinals from 2010-14, was named the team’s new bench coach under manager Oliver Marmol on Monday, sources said.

Descalso, now 37, had a 10-year playing career that was primarily in St. Louis. He was a part of the team that defeated the Texas Rangers in the 2011 World Series.

Descalso replaces former Cardinals player Joe McEwing as bench coach. McEwing, who was hired in January 2023 after yet another former Cardinal, Matt Holliday suddenly resigned. He will move into a role as a special assistant to John Mozeliak, the Cardinals president of baseball operations.

Descalso’s versatility and consistency as a player endeared him to the Cardinal faithful for nearly a decade, and was welcomed back with open arms upon the announcement of his hiring.

The Cardinals are coming off their worst season in 30 years, finishing 71-91 in 2023. With free agency in full force, they have made it clear to address the struggles.

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