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Cardinals are bringing back Shildt's coaching staff, Maddux and Albert included, for 2021

Cardinals are bringing back Shildt's coaching staff, Maddux and Albert included, for 2021

Cardinals spring training continues

Cardinals hitting coach Jeff Albert talks with manager Mike Shildt after practice during Cardinals spring training on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla. Photo by Christian Gooden,

ARLINGTON, TEXAS — As they begin preparing for the offseason and engineering their team for the 2021 season, the Cardinals have elected to bring back all of the coaches on Mike Shildt's staff.

Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak confirmed the return of the coaches when asked by the Post-Dispatch. A formal announcement of the staff is expected after the World Series.

The Cardinals' offense has been under scrutiny for the previous two seasons under the guidance of hitting coach Jeff Albert. The Cardinals have invested in Albert and his philosophy, not only putting him in charge of the major-league offense but also asking him to be the architect of an over-arching organizational hitting approach.

Albert will be returning for a third season in the role.

Mike Maddux, one of the highest-paid pitching coaches in the game, will be returning for his fourth season with the Cardinals. He is coming off a season that was arguably his most demanding as he and Shildt and bullpen coach Bryan Eversgerd had to figure out how to manage the Cardinals' return from isolation and the team's series of doubleheaders and rotating cast of relievers.

The Cardinals met over the past week to audit the 2020 season and explore what alterations they could make, and whether they should introduce new voices to the mix. That may still happen, but the hitting coaches, Albert and Jobel Jimenez, will be in charge of the overall direction. 

Earlier this month, Willie McGee told Post-Dispatch baseball writer Rick Hummel that he intended to return for the 2021 season as a coach. McGee opted out of the 2020 season during the outbreak of COVID-19 that impacted 18 members of the team's traveling party including several coaches. McGee was not one of the coaches who became ill, but he made the choice to return home out of consideration for his health, and he did so with the blessing of the team.

A lingering unknown for the team as it looks into the offseason and acquisition plans is whether there will be fans in the stands for 2021 and how many. 

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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