John Mabry is beginning his fourth year as the team's hitting coach after being named to that position on November 5, 2012. He was assistant hitting coach to Mark McGwire during the 2012 campaign. The duo helped guide a Cardinals offense that led the league in 2012 in both runs scored and on-base pct., while finishing a close second in batting average. In 2013, the Cardinals batted .330 with runners in scoring position, the top mark in the majors dating to 1974.
Mabry, 45, was drafted by St. Louis in the sixth round of the June 1991 draft and played 14 seasons in the majors, including three stints with the Cardinals. He made his Major League debut in 1994 and put up some of his best offensive numbers with the Cardinals from 1995 - 1998. He hit a career high .307 in 1995 and during the 1996 season played in a career high 151 games, hitting .297 with a career high 161 hits, collected 13 homers and 74 RBI as the Cardinals advanced to the NLCS. In addition to playing with the Cardinals, his Major League career included playing time with eight Major League teams and ended in 2007 with the Colorado Rockies.
Before joining the Cardinals staff as a coach, Mabry assisted the team in various community relations initiatives, including the team's "Doin' it Right" school program from 2010-2011. A native of Delaware, he graduated in 1988 from Bohemia Manor (Md.) High School where he played football, baseball and basketball; and was drafted out of West Chester (Pa.) University. Mabry was named the Cardinals Rookie of the Year for 1995 by the St. Louis chapter of the BBWAA.
He and his wife, Ann, make their home in St. Louis with their four children: J.T., Danielle, Nicole and Samantha.
Hit career-low .205 with five home runs and 25 RBI in 107 games for Chicago-NL...had team-high 49 pinch-hit plate appearances, T14th-most in the N.L...hit .195 (8-for-41) in the pinch...hit .194 (37-for-191) against right-handers...of his 25 RBI, 15 came with two outs...made 38 starts at first base, and two each in left field and right field...made Cubs debut with pinch at-bat on Opening Day, April 3 at Cincinnati...first hit with Cubs came April 5 at Cincinnati, a pinch two-run homer in seventh inning that made it a one-run game (off Kent Mercker)...became first player to homer for first hit as a Cub since Damian Jackson, May 29, 2004 at Colorado...was ejected, along with Michael Barrett, for participation in brawl on May 20 at Chicago-AL...hit .320 (8-for-25) over 17 games in June...triple on Aug. 21 vs. Philadelphia was just sixth of his career.
Batted .286 in 71 combined games forHamilton (A) and Savannah (A) after being selectedin the sixth round of the 1991 draft ... was a New York Penn League all-star, as he hit.310 in 49 games for Hamilton ... doubled 11 times and drove in 31 runs ... had 10 outfield assists.
Hit .263 with 13 doubles, 6 triples and 11 home runs in 115 games ... drove in 57 runs and crossed the plate 63 times ... recorded 14 outfield appearances.
Spent the majority of the season at Double-A, batting .290 with 32 doubles, 16 homers and 72 RBI in 136 games for Arkansas (AA) ... led the Texas League in games played; ranked second in the league in total bases (237), doublesand at-bats (477); ranked third in extra-base hits (50) and ranked fifth in RBI ... also led the league with a .989 fieldingpercentage and was tied for third with 15 assists ... was a Double-A all-star ... was a late-season promotion to Louisville (AAA), seeing action in four games.
Was called up to the big leagues, making hismajor league debut April 23 ... went 7-for-23 with 3RBI in his first six big league games ... recorded his first big league hit that same day,hitting an RBI-double off Houston's Darryl Kile ... batted .262 with 30 doubles, 15 homers and 68RBI in 122 games for Louisville (AAA).
Finished fourth in National League Rookie ofthe Year voting after hitting .307 in 129 games for St.Louis ... was named the Cardinals Rookie of the Yearby the St. Louis chapter of the Baseball WritersAssociation of America ... was also named to the Topps all-rookie team ... had 21 doubles, 5 homers and 41 RBI ... alsocollected 32 multi-hit games, including a pair of 4-hit affairs ... went 4-for-6 with a pair of RBI on August 6in a 4-3, 13-inning defeat of the Cubs ... was 4-for-5 on August 25 at Coors Field, recording 3 RBI in the Cardinals' 8-3 win.© struck out just 45 times in 418 total plate appearances ... led all National League rookies in batting average.u missed qualifying for the NL overall top 10 in batting by just 25 plate appearances ... appeared in 73 games at first base (66 starts), 29 games in right field (19 starts) and 11 games in left field (nine starts) ... had a 1.000 fielding percentage while playing the outfield ... made his first career Opening Day start, becoming the first Cardinals rookie to do so since 1991 - and the first to do so at first base since 1975 ... homered for the first time in the big leagues onJuly 3 off Montreal's Gabe White ... hit his first career leadoff home run on August 27 off Colorado's Armando Reynoso ... it was the first time in his career he batted in the one-spot.
Spent his first full season in the majors,appearing in a career-high 151 games ... batted .297 with 30 doubles, 13 homers and 74RBI, establishing career marks in each of those categories ... was St. Louis' everyday first baseman, appearingin 146 games and making 139 starts ... also saw action in 14 games in the outfield(four starts) ... had 41 multi-hit games, including nine 3-hit contests, five 4-hit games and one 5-hit affair ... went 5-for-5 on July 6 at Pittsburgh ... drove in a pair of runs and scored a pair of runs in the 9-5 defeat of the Pirates ...recorded his first career double-digit hitting streak, hitting safely in 10 straight games May 12-22 ... batted .500 (20-40) with 5 doubles, 1 triple, 3 homers and 12 RBI ... had a .900 slugging percentage and a .545 on-base percentage ... saw postseason action for the first time in his career as the Cardinals advanced to the League Championship Series ... was a combined 9-for-33 with a triple and 1 RBI in 10 postseason appearances.
Hit .284 with 19 doubles, 5 homers and 36 RBIin 116 games for St. Louis ... had 29 multi-hit games ... had a career-high 20-game hitting streak May 19-June 9, batting .418 (33-79) over the stretch ... also had 4 doubles, 2 homers and 18 RBI ... crossed the plate 11 times.© also hit safely in 11 straight games April 27-May 7, going 16-for-36 (.444) ... drove in a career-high 6 runs June 3 againstColorado, hitting an RBI-single, a 2-run single and a 3-run homer in the 15-4 Cardinal victory ... suffered a fractured jaw when he was hit by a line drive during batting practice on August 19 ... was on the 15-day disabled list August 20-September 24.
Appeared in 142 games for St. Louis, batting .249 with 22 doubles, 9 homers and 46 RBI ... the 20-plus double season was the third of his career ... had 21 multi-hit games - including a 4-hit affairon May 15 against Florida ... had a pair of doubles and drove in 3 runs inthe 8-7 loss to the Marlins ... batted .304 in the month of May, going 21-for-69with 12 RBI in 26 games ... was 8-for-27 as a pinch-hitter, driving in 8 runsand crossing the plate 6 times ... hit a pair of pinch-homers (the first of his career),- both off Cub pitchers ... tagged Cub Kevin Tapani for a 2-run shoton May 3 in an 8-5 Cardinal win ... followed up with a game-winning, solohomer off Cub Don Wengert on August 9 ... the Cardinals won 2-1 ... played in 46 games in left field (28 starts), 38games at third base (31 starts), 37 games in right field (18 starts) and 16 games at first base (eightstarts) ... elected free agency following the season, signing a contract with Seattle.
Was limited in his first season with Seattle after suffering a fractured right kneecap ... hit .244 with 14 doubles, 9 homers and 33 RBI in 87 games ... played in 35 games in right field (28 starts), 24 games at third base (19 starts), 20 games at first base (12 starts), seven games in left field (six starts) and two games in center field (one start) ... went deep twice in the same game for the first time in his career when he tagged Detroit's Willie Blair for a pair of roundtrippers in an 8-6 Mariner win on April 28 ... went on the disabled list on August 14 after fouling a pitch off his kneecap the previous day ...was out for the remainder of the season.
Hit .240 with 15 doubles, 8 homers and 32 RBI in his final season with the Cardinals ... had 13 multi-hit games - including a season-high 4-hit affair on July 4 in Arizona ... also drove in a pair of runs in the contest ... made 54 starts for the Redbirds, seeing action in 49 games in right field (25 starts), 23 games in left field (12 starts), 18 games at third base (12 starts) and 14 games at first base (five starts) ... led the Cardinals with 34 pinch at-bats, hitting a career-best .265 in that role ... hit his third career pinch-homer August 30 off Florida's Todd Jones ... led off the 11th inning on July 22 with a triple, leading to the Cardinals' winning run in the 2-1 contest ... drove in a season-high 5 runs on May 20 in Kansas City, going 3-for-5 and hitting his first career grand slam in a 7-6 Cardinal victory ... the bases-loaded roundtripper came in the first inning off Zack Greinke ... had a 4-RBI game under a month later, driving in 4 runs in an 8-5 defeat of Tampa Bay onJune 19.
Returned to St. Louis, signing as a minorleague free agent prior to the season ... opened the year at Memphis (AAA), batting .338with 7 doubles, 12 homers and 35 RBI in 39 games ... had his contract purchased by the big league clubon May 25 ... hit .296 with 11 doubles, 13 homers and 40 RBI in87 games for the Cardinals ... the 13 roundtrippers tied his career mark ... had 17 multi-hit games, including a season-high4-hit affair on August 4 at Montreal ... drove in a season-high 5 runs June 11 at Texas,hitting an RBI-single, a 2-run single and a 2-runhomer in the Cardinals' 12-7 win ... also had a 4-RBI game August 4 as St. Louisdefeated Montreal 5-4 ... went 4-for-4 in the contest.
Returned to Seattle and batted .212 with 9extra-base hits and 16 RBI in 64 games ... signed withthe Mariners as a free agent on January 16 ... had his greatest success of the season in August,going 9-for-26 with 3 RBI ... made 23 total starts at four spots, starting sevengames in left field, seven games as the designatedhitter, six games at first base and three games inright field ... spent a month on the disabled list with a strainedlastissimus dorsi tendon ... batted .364 in threerehabilitation appearances at Tacoma (AAA).
Opened the year with Philadelphia, hitting.286 in 21 games ... was traded to Oakland May 22 for outfielderJeremy Giambi ... hit .275 with 13 doubles, 11 homers and 40 RBI inhis second stint in the American League ... returned to the postseason, seeing action intwo games in the Division Series for the Athletics ... batted .323 (20-62) with runners in scoringposition ... recorded his second career 2-homer game August 23 at Detroit, hitting a 2-run homer off BrianPowell in the fourth inning and adding a 3-run shot off Adam Bernero in the seventh ... the 5 RBI were a season high.© drove in 4 runs July 19 in a 10-0 defeat of Texas, hitting a 2-run homer in the second inning off Aaron Myette and adding a sacrifice fly and an RBIdouble ... had a season-high 4 hits June 28 against SanFrancisco, going 4-for-4 with a double.
Signed with St. Louis in the off-season,returning to the team that originally drafted him - but appeared in just five games before his contractwas sold to Florida ... hit .218 with 13 extra-base hits and 20 RBI in 82games for the Marlins ... led the Marlins with 7 pinch hits and 41 pinch at-bats ... made his second career appearance as a pitcher, tossing 0.1 innings on October 5 in a 20-3 loss toAtlanta ... was on the disabled list April 16-May 20 with a right pectoral tear ... had a four-game rehabilitation stint withBrevard County.
Was acquired by San Diego at the tradingdeadline ... saw action in 48 games for the Padres ... homered in his first at-bat as a Padre, going deepoff Philadelphia's Robert Person in San Diego's10-9 win ... became the sixth Padre to homer in hisfirst at-bat ... drove in a season-high 4 runs August 13 in a 7-3defeat of the Marlins, hitting a 2-run double anda 3-run homer ... batted .243 in his final 48 games for Seattle ... missed six weeks early in the season with a pulledright groin ... suffered the injury while diving for a ball atthird base on April 21 against Kansas City ... was 3-for-14 in a four-game rehabilitationstint with Tacoma (AAA) ... made his first career appearance as a pitcherMay 28 at Tampa Bay, working 0.2 innings in a14-4 loss.