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Former Padres associate manager Skip Schumaker hired as Cardinals bench coach

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The Skip Schumaker era is over in San Diego

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Skip Schumaker served as a coach for the San Diego Padres since the beginning of the 2018 season as the first base coach under Andy Green. Then, the Padres retained him as Jayce Tingler’s associate manager.

A.J. Preller said that all coaches were able to go seek new jobs, including Skip Schumaker, who is reportedly heading to the St. Louis Cardinals to be Oliver Marmol’s bench coach, according to Rob Rains of STLSportsPage.com. Marmol was promoted after Mike Schildt was let go by the organization for philosophical differences.

Schumaker is seen as future big league manager so he could land a managing job in the next few years. You can tell how smart he is if you watch my interview with him from this past season. He’ll probably be having a significant say in the Cardinals’ in-game decisions, as it looked like he was with Jayce Tingler in San Diego the last couple of seasons.

With Schumaker’s departure, new Padres skipper Bob Melvin will be looking for his own new bench coach. Ruben Niebla is the new pitching coach so that position is filled but San Diego still needs a first base coach, third base coach, and hitting coach as well.