New Miami Marlins Manager Skip Schumaker has been on championship teams. The 42 year old replacement for Don Mattingly obviously made a championship choice when he announced former Miami Hurricane Jon Jay part of his staff.
Jay will now serve as the Marlins’ first base and outfield coach. Schumaker has retained pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre Jr., Wellington Cepeda and Rob Flippo from the previous staff. Jay will join the new crop of coaches along side Bryant Brown, John Mabry and Jody Reed who will serve as his counterpart infield and third base coach.
Jay is a member of the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame and was in the Major Leagues for 12 years. The Miami native was a former Christopher Columbus High school graduate and garnered Freshman All-American status by Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America.
This will be the 37 year old Jay’s first big league coaching role. Jay was a longtime teammate of Schumaker in St. Louis so there is commonality there. The former Cardinal has a ton of familiarity in the outfield seeing he played all three positions out there. Jay also won a world series with the Cardinals in 2011.
The former Hurricane Jay played in two College World Series and ranks fifth all time in career hits at Miami with 254. In his sophomore season he batted .408 which was only one of ten players over two hundred at-bats to ever do so in school history.
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