The St. Louis Cardinals today announced their coaching staff for the upcoming 2022 season with two new coaches joining their Major League staff and newly-named manager Oli Marmol.
New to the team’s coaching staff for 2022 are Bench Coach, and former Cardinals outfielder/infielder Jared “Skip” Schumaker, and Assistant Hitting Coach Turner Ward.
Schumaker, 41, served as the San Diego Padres Associate Manager the past two seasons (2020-21) and was the team’s First Base Coach from 2018-19. Prior to joining San Diego’s Major League coaching staff, Schumaker served as an assistant to baseball operations and player development for the Padres from 2016-17 after concluding his 11-year major league playing career.
Drafted by the Cardinals in 2001 (5th round) out of the University of California-Santa Barbara, Schumaker debuted with the Cardinals in 2005 and was a member of both the 2006 and 2011 World Series Championship teams during his eight seasons (2005-12) in St. Louis.
Schumaker’s playing career concluded in 2015 after stints with the Los Angeles Dodgers (2013) and Cincinnati (2014-15). Schumaker compiled a career batting mark of .278 in 1,149 games played, posting .300-plus seasons in both 2008 (.302) and 2009 (.303). Schumaker transitioned from the outfield to playing second base on a regular basis in 2009, and totaled 487 career games played at the keystone along with his 561 career games in the outfield.
Ward, 56, played 12 seasons in the majors from 1990-2001 before transitioning into coaching. He spent eight years coaching in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, serving as Hitting Coach at Class AA Mobile (2008-10), Manager at Mobile (2011-12), Assistant Hitting coach for Arizona (2013) and Hitting Coach for Arizona (2014-15). The Alabama native was the Hitting Coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2016-18, which included consecutive trips to the World Series in 2017 and 2018. Ward then joined the Cincinnati Reds as hitting coach in 2019. He also managed in the minors in 2006 with the Gulf Coast League Pirates and in 2007 with the State College Spikes of the New York-Penn League (A).
Ward’s Mobile teams won consecutive Southern League championships in 2011 and 2012, and he was named Southern League Manager of the Year in 2011 as Mobile was voted Minor League Team of the Year by Baseball America.
Drafted by the Yankees in 1986 as an outfielder out of the University of South Alabama, the switch-hitting Ward played for the Indians (1990-91), Blue Jays (1991-1993), Brewers (1994-96), Pirates (1997-99), Diamondbacks (1999-2000) and Phillies (2001).
Those returning to the team’s Major League coaching staff include Pitching Coach Mike Maddux (5th season with Cardinals), Bullpen Coach Bryan Eversgerd (5th season), Hitting Coach Jeff Albert (3rd season), First Base Coach Stubby Clapp (4th season), Third Base Coach Ron “Pop” Warner (4th season) and Coach Willie McGee (5th season).
Also returning for 2022 are Pitching Strategist Dusty Blake (2nd season), Run Production Coach Patrick Elkins (3rd season), Bullpen Catcher/Catching Instructor Jamie Pogue and Bullpen Catcher Kleininger Teran.