John Mabry is beginning his second year as the team's hitting coach after being named to that position on Nov. 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. Last year, the Cardinals batted .330 with runners in scoring position, the top mark in the majors dating to 1974.
Mabry, 43, 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.