Meet the New First Base Coach

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Who would you want as a first base coach to lead the Cardinals in 2017…..Oliver Marmol of course. He was drafted by the Cardinals in the sixth round of the 2007 draft and played in the Cardinals organization until 2010. In 2011 he became the hitting coach of the Gulf Coast Cardinals League. The next season he became manager of the Johnson City club and in 2015 was promoted to manager of the Palm Beach Cardinals. At the age of 30 in which he could still play ball, he gets promoted to the St.Louis Cardinals as a first base coach.

In 2012 he was named the youngest manager in all of professional baseball. A short year later Marmol lead his team, the State College Spikes, to a Division Championship. Later that year Marmol was named the 2013 winner of the George Kissell Award. This prestigious award has been presented annually since 1995 to a member of the St.Louis Cardinals Minor League staff who exhibits excellence in player development.

After a record breaking season in 2014 under Marmol’s leadership, the Spikes earned the title of New York Penn League Champions for the first time in franchise history.
During the off-seasons of 2012 and 2013, Marmol trained a select group of prospective athletes who have all achieved outstanding success as their careers have advanced.  All of which have gone on to top Division 1 schools with scholarship to boot.  Some have even gained selections in the MLB Draft.
Marmol has dedicated his career to helping athletes reach their full potential and continues to gain recognition for his innovative work and this is why he is now with the big team.
Source: MLB
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