Katie Woo of The Athletic reports that according to a source, former St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay is joining the Miami Marlins as part of Skip Schumaker’s staff. Jay will be a first base/outfield coach, landing his first MLB coaching gig since officially retiring this past April.
Jay is a Miami-native who attended the University of Miami and was drafted by the Cardinals in the second round of the 2006 MLB draft. He was teammates with Skip Schumaker in St. Louis for a few seasons & during their 2011 World Series championship run. In 2016,
Jay was inducted into the University of Miami Hall of Fame. For his UM career, Jon has the fourth-highest batting average (.378) and the fifth-highest hit total (254). He also had two, 17-game hitting streaks, both listed in the top ten in school history.
As a major league player, Jay ended his career with a .283/.348/.373 batting line, 37 home runs, 185 doubles, 25 triples, 1,087 total hits, 532 runs scored, 341 runs batted in and 55 stolen bases. He also had a career .986 fielding percentage across all three outfield positions committing only 9 errors in 2,139 chances in his 12 MLB seasons.
Jay had stints with the San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, Kansas City Royals, Arizona Diamondbacks (twice), Chicago White Sox & Los Angeles Angels after his first six seasons in St. Louis.
This should be a good hire for the Marlins, and we’re excited to see Jon get the opportunity alongside Skip for this upcoming season. We wish them both the best.