Mabry to help Big Mac; Cards complete staff

Mabry to help Big Mac; Cards complete staff

Mabry to help Big Mac; Cards complete staff
ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals put the final touches on the staff that new manager Mike Matheny will take to Jupiter, Fla., for Spring Training in February, with a pair of appointments on Friday. John Mabry will serve as the team's assistant hitting coach, while Chris Conroy steps in as assistant athletic trainer.

Meanwhile, Barry Weinberg, a longtime member of the staff in St. Louis, will move into a role as the organization's senior medical coordinator. He will be based out of Jupiter.

Weinberg served as assistant athletic trainer in 2011 after 13 seasons as head athletic trainer. According to a statement from the club, Weinberg will "focus on a developmental and mentoring program" for athletic trainers throughout the organization.

Mabry, 41, slides into the role previously occupied by Mike Aldrete, who is now the club's bench coach. He played for the Cardinals for more than half of his 14-season Major League career and worked as a television analyst on the team's broadcasts during the 2011 season. Mabry was a career .263 hitter with a .322 on-base percentage and a .405 slugging percentage between 1994-2007.

Now a St. Louis-area resident, Mabry will assist hitting coach Mark McGwire in a variety of roles. The assistant hitting coach helps with video study, working with hitters in the cage and generally serving as an extra resource.

"We are excited to have John rejoin the Cardinals," general manager John Mozeliak said. "He brings a lot to the club when you consider both his baseball success and personality, and we look forward to having him around in a full-time role."

Conroy, who had been the athletic trainer at Triple-A Memphis, joins former Memphis manager Chris Maloney in making the jump to the big league staff. He will assist Greg Hauck, who was promoted from assistant to head athletic trainer before the 2011 season.

Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Obviously, You're Not a Golfer and follow him on Twitter at @MatthewHLeach. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.