For those who are interested in the newest St. Louis Cardinals uniform numbers, here are ones that have not yet been posted on the official team site.
Previously reported were these interrelated changes:
On the coaching staff, new assistant hitting coach Bill Mueller will wear number 3, last sported by Carlos Beltran in 2012-13 and Mark Ellis last season. (To date, Ellis remains unsigned for 2015, while Beltran is back with the New York Yankees.)
The man Mueller replaced, new bench coach David Bell, is shifting from number 23 to 25 for 2015. Few may remember that the latter number was previously sported by the then-infielder with the 1995 Cardinals.
Of course, “25” became famous through its usage by Mark McGwire, first as a player, then a coach from 2010-12. The fact that it is now being issued to Bell would seem to be the final nail in the coffin of the once-active fan initiative to retire the number in honor of McGwire. Voters will still have a chance to support Big Mac, however, in his return inclusion on the Cardinals Hall of Fame ballot in 2015. Details here.
Once the club makes official its list of non-roster invitees to spring training camp, the ranks of the uniform numbers in the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and even some of the 90’s will be further populated by the longer-shots, hopeful of making the 25-man roster.
As always, the St. Louis Cardinals team roster page at the main website, The Cardinal Nation, reflects all of these changes.
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