Skip Schumaker talks about returning to the Cardinals

“I got traded and you’re kind of trying to find the culture you had here. And it’s not all over the place. It’s such a special place. I’m so lucky to be back.”

JUPITER, FL – If you go to a Cardinals game at Busch Stadium, I bet you still see a few Skip Schumaker 55 jerseys and jerseys floating around there.

The outfielder/second baseman was a fan favorite in St. Louis from 2005 to 2012, and was still beloved by the fanbase as a Dodger and Red in the latter part of his career.

Now, Cardinals fans will see a lot of Shumaker clubbing birdies at the bat. He will only be on the bench this time.

Shoemaker, 42, has been named a bench coach on head coach Oliver Marmul’s 2022 staff and is in his first spring training career with the Cardinals.

And yes, at first it was a little odd for Schumacher to serve as a coach for the players he played alongside, like Adam Wainwright.

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“It was (weird) at first when I first took the job. But now that we’re on the hook… Wainwright and I sat in each other’s rooms on the road for a long time talking about baseball. It’s no different,” Schumacher told Ahmed Hicks at Cardinals camp. On Jupiter, it’s not just baseball.

Prior to returning to St. Louis, Shumaker was the assistant manager for the San Diego Padres. It wasn’t a knockout for him to leave the position to return to St. Louis.

“Honestly a bit,” Schumacher said of whether it took him a bit to say yes to the job. “I have two kids, 14 and 12. They won’t travel with me anymore because they have their own school and their own sports. And I don’t want to take them away from their friends. So training is a challenge for the family, and being a player is a challenge for the family. So it took me some time to think.” On command. But Marmol is a great guy, I’ve known Mo for a long time and Wainwright is one of my best friends. So all things considered, it took me a bit, but I couldn’t wait to get back.”

Although he may not have said “yes” right away, Shumaker said he was always trying to find the culture he experienced as a player in St. Louis.

“I was traded trying to find the culture that you have here. And it’s not ubiquitous. It’s a special place,” said Shoemaker. “I’m very lucky to be back. I was a player, now a coach and I get to see that side of things. Lots of familiar faces again, and there’s no better fanbase than this. So I’m really excited.”

Part of the Cardinals’ culture that Shoemaker described is the desire to win. Shumaker played in 22 postseason games as a Cardinal, earning a ring with the 2011 team. He hopes to help continue that mentality as a member of the coaching staff.

“This organization knows what it’s like to win. Anything short of a World Series or going deep into the playoffs is unacceptable. Every other team says that now, but this one really believes in it. The guys at the club think it’s fun. To be a little part of that, Schumacher said.

In terms of goals, Shoemaker said he’s always wanted to keep learning. And getting another ring to add to the 2011 ring would also be a nice touch.

“I think if you don’t grow, you don’t learn. So I want to learn. I want to keep growing. These guys have been really successful for so many years and I want to learn from some really good players like Goldschmidt and Nolan. I want to learn from their system and how they develop players.” And to just be part of that system and hopefully win a championship. I’d like to learn how to win a world championship as a coach,” said Schumacher.

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