Oquendo Steps Down as 3rd Base Coach; Club Now Looks to Fill Two Empty Roles

It wasn’t the type of shakeup the Cardinals experienced this past June, but a certain ‘Secret Weapon’s’ stepping down has caused a coaching chain reaction at Busch Stadium.

The Cardinals announced Tuesday Jose Oquendo has stepped down as third base coach, but will continue instructing young players from Jupiter in a role he’s previously held according to Cards president of baseball ops, John Mozeliak.

Mozeliak announced the news Tuesday at Busch Stadium, along with the domino effect Oquendo’s decision will cause Mike Shildt’s staff: Bench coach Ron “Pop” Warner will step into the third base role and Oliver Marmol will move from first base to the bench.

George Greer, who became hitting coach with John Mabry’s firing this past summer, will return to the minor leagues in an instructional role and Mark Budaska will stay with the Cards as assistant hitting coach, leaving the Birds to fill the first base and chief hitting coach assignments this winter.

Memphis skipper Stubby Clapp will be considered for both according to Mozeliak, who noted a “high probability” Clapp will work out of St. Louis in 2019 despite murmurings he’s being considered for an MLB managerial gig elsewhere.

Mozeliak discussed several topics during Tuesday’s hour-long chat with media, including needing to be engaged this offseason in order to “augment” the Cardinals youth movement with some outside help. Mo also stated the club will keep stronger tabs on players this offseason in terms of health and work away from the field, putting an emphasis on player accountability.

Stay connected to 101 ESPN for more on Mozeliak’s chat throughout the day.

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