John Mabry

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John Mabry
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Mabry in 2013
St. Louis Cardinals – No. 47
Infielder, Outfielder, Hitting coach
Born: (1970-10-17) October 17, 1970 (age 44)
Wilmington, Delaware
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 23, 1994 for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
May 17, 2007 for the Colorado Rockies
Career statistics
Batting average .263
Home runs 96
Runs batted in 446
Teams

John Steven Mabry (born October 17, 1970 in Wilmington, Delaware) is a former Major League Baseball player and broadcaster, and is currently the hitting coach for the St. Louis Cardinals. He had 898 career hits in 3409 at-bats (for a batting average of .263), with 96 home runs and 446 RBI. He is 6'4" tall, weighs 210 lbs, bats left-handed and throws right-handed.

Early life[edit]

Mabry, a graduate of Bohemia Manor High School, in Chesapeake City, Maryland, played three years at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, before being drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 6th round of the 1991 amateur draft.

Playing career[edit]

During his fourteen-year MLB career Mabry played for eight teams, including three different stints with the Cardinals (1994-1998, 2001, 2004-2005).[1] In Mabry's only season with over 400 at bats, he led the Cardinals with 161 hits and was fourth in the National League for first basemen in fielding percentage at .994 and was errorless in 14 games in the outfield. He hit for a natural cycle in a May 18, 1996 loss to the Colorado Rockies.[2]

Mabry was one of the few major leaguers who preferred not to wear batting gloves. He was also somewhat versatile on defense, playing more than 100 games at left and right field as well as first and third base. He also made two career appearances pitching with dubious results. In 1 inning of work he gave up 7 earned runs for a career ERA of 63.[3]

Post-playing career[edit]

In April, 2011, Fox Sports Midwest hired Mabry to serve as baseball analyst during St. Louis Cardinals live pre-game and post-game shows, a role he shared with former Cardinals Mike Matheny and Cal Eldred.[4]

On December 2, 2011 the Cardinals named Mabry the assistant hitting coach to Mark McGwire in 2012, soon after announcing former teammate Mike Matheny would be the new manager.[5] On November 5, 2012, the Cardinals promoted Mabry to hitting coach following McGwire's departure to the Los Angeles Dodgers.[6] Former major league catcher Bengie Molina succeeded Mabry as the assistant hitting coach.[7]

Personal life[edit]

After his 2007 retirement as a player, Mabry continued to make his home in the St Louis area along with his wife Ann and their four children.[8] Long an avid outdoorsman, Mabry became a spokesman for Gander Mountain, making a series of videos on different aspects of hunting and fishing.[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mabry added to Cardinals Staff". Fox Sports Midwest.com. 2011-12-02. Retrieved 2011-12-02. 
  2. ^ Cardinals' Media Relations, ed. (2001). St. Louis Cardinals 2001 Media Guide. Hadler Printing Company. pp. A–127. 
  3. ^ "John Mabry Statistics and History". Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  4. ^ "Fox Sports Midwest adds Matheny". St. Louis Business Journal.com. 2011-04-08. Retrieved 2011-12-02. 
  5. ^ Goold, Derrick (2011-11-21). "Cardinals hire Mabry as assistant hitting coach". Stltoday.com. Retrieved 2011-12-02. 
  6. ^ "Cards promote Mabry to Hitting Coach". Fox News.com. 5 November 2012. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  7. ^ http://www.stltoday.com/sports/baseball/professional/cardinal-beat/cards-set-to-offer-bengie-molina-a-coaching-position/article_9c4b74fd-e677-58fa-b7b0-10df91d61748.html
  8. ^ "Mabry added to Cardinals Staff". Fox Sports Midwest.com. 2011-12-02. Retrieved 2011-12-02. 
  9. ^ "Introducing John Mabry". Gander Mountain Videos. Retrieved 2011-12-02. 

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Preceded by
Mike Aldrete
St. Louis Cardinals assistant hitting coach
2012
Succeeded by
Bengie Molina
Preceded by
Mark McGwire
St. Louis Cardinals hitting coach
2013–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent