Two of the most popular Cardinals will be on the team’s coaching staff next season – Jose Oquendo and Willie McGee.

After missing the last season while recovering from knee replacement surgery, Oquendo will be returning as the third base coach for 2018, the team announced on Monday. Oquendo spent the last year working as a special assistant, working out of Jupiter, Fla., with minor league players.

McGee was not named to a specific role on the staff. He has worked as a roving minor-league instructor for the past several years.

Mike Shildt was named the team’s bench coach, replacing David Bell. He was promoted to the major league staff last year as a quality control coach, then took over coaching third base when Chris Maloney was reassigned midway through the season.

The team’s announcement of the staff changes did not include the pitching coach and bullpen coach positions, both of which are vacant.

“We feel that by bringing the experience, past successes and baseball savvy that these three gentlemen possess to our Major League coaching staff will be a strong benefit to our ball club,” said John Mozeliak, president of baseball operations. “Whether it’s coaching, teaching, game analysis, game planning, etc., etc. - these three men bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our team.”

Oquendo, 54, spent 16 seasons as the Cardinals third base coach (2000-15) and was the team’s bench coach in 1999 after spending the 1997 and 1998 seasons working in the farm system for St. Louis. The “Secret Weapon” enjoyed a 17-year professional playing career, including stints in the majors with the New York Mets (1983-84) and St. Louis Cardinals (1986-1995). Oquendo was voted in 2005 as the top Utility Man on the All-Busch Stadium II team.

McGee, 58, joins the coaching staff for the first time, having spent the 2013-17 seasons serving as a Special Assistant to the General Manager. A member of the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame, McGee enjoyed a banner career that included National League MVP honors in 1985, two league batting titles (1985 & 1990), four All-Star Game selections (1983, 1985, 1987 & 1988) and three Rawlings Gold Glove awards (1983, 1985 & 1986).

After breaking onto the scene in a big way during the Cardinals World Series win in 1982, the switch-hitting McGee went on to spend 18 years in the majors with the Cardinals (1982-90 & 1996-99), Oakland A’s (1990), San Francisco Giants (1991-94) and Boston Red Sox (1995), accumulating 2,254 hits, 352 stolen bases and a .295 career batting mark.

Shildt, 48, managed for eight seasons in the Cardinals farm system at Memphis (2015-16), Springfield (2012-14) and Johnson City (2009-2011).

The Cardinals also announced that Ron “Pop” Warner, who spent the second half of last season on the major-league staff, will return to his role as the minor league’s assistant field coordinator.
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