Cardinals hire McGee as special assistant

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have hired former great Willie McGee as a special assistant to the general manager focusing on the minor leagues.

The 54-year-old McGee, added to the staff Wednesday, served a special instructor at spring training last month. McGee is in the franchise top 10 in games played, triples, stolen bases and pinch hits and was a career .295 hitter during his 18 seasons.

McGee was a member of the 1982 World Series championship team and was National League MVP in 1985 with a league-leading .353 average for a pennant-winning team. His batting average in 1985 and 216 hits are franchise bests for switch hitters.

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Willie McGee (right) talks with Lou Brock during a Cardinals exhibition game last month against the Marlins in Jupiter, Fla.

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