McGwire, Duncan stay with Cardinals under Matheny

New Cardinals manager Mike Matheny is keeping most of Tony La

Russa’s coaching staff.

Mark McGwire and Dave Duncan are staying on for 2012, but first

base coach Dave McKay and bench coach Joe Pettini were both dropped

from their positions on Wednesday. Both will remain in the

organization and assist in baseball operations.

”Just like our players, the Cardinals organization places a

high level of expectation on its coaches,” Matheny said. ”I have

great admiration for the work these men have done throughout their

careers and we will continue to invest in the preparation, coaching

and leadership necessary to build upon that success.”

McGwire will enter his third season with the club. The

66-year-old Duncan was La Russa’s pitching coach with the Chicago

White Sox, Oakland Athletics and the Cardinals. They were announced

Wednesday as coaches for 2012 under Mike Matheny, who succeeded La

Russa as manager following the team’s World Series title.

Bullpen coach Derek Lilliquist returns, and assistant hitting

coach Mike Aldrete was elevated to bench coach. Chris Maloney, the

manager at Triple-A Memphis the past five seasons, replaces

McKay.

The 66-year-old Duncan will enter his 17th season with the

Cardinals and 33rd overall, most among major league pitching

coaches. He had been the only member of La Russa’s staff under

contract for next year.

Duncan missed several weeks last season tending to his wife,

Janine, who had surgery in August to remove a brain tumor.

The Cardinals beat a self-imposed deadline of having a staff in

place by the end of the week, just as they did when announcing they

had hired the 41-year-old Matheny to a two-year contract with a

club option for a third season on Sunday.

”Once we identified Mike as our new manager, he quickly went to

work in assembling a coaching staff that offers a wealth of

experience and leadership, but he also looked at areas where we

could provide growth opportunities for key members from within the

organization,” Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said. ”We

are extremely excited about our staff for next season.”