In November, Chris Maloney received the call for which he had been working for over two decades. The 50-year-old finally reached the big leagues when he was named the first base coach for the 2012 St. Louis Cardinals.
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Maloney was most recently the manager of the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds, having posted winning records in four of his five seasons and one Pacific Coast League championship. Earlier, he won Manager of the Year awards in three different leagues and was the first two-time winner of the George Kissell Award for excellence in player development.
I recently spoke with Maloney about his minor league coaching history as well as his new assignment, which includes positioning the outfielders.
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