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Bullpen coach candidates

Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak said the Cardinals hoped to promote from within to fill their open bullpen coach job. So, here's a look at the guys in the system who might be in line for the position:

Mike Matheny --  roving instructor, Matheny is barely an "internal" candidate. But he's a well respected baseball man who might have a career as a major league manager ahead of him. If current skipper Tony La Russa plans to manage for three more years, now is the time to start grooming a guy who could potential be his replacement.

Dyar Miller -- The former pitching coach at Class AAA Memphis, Miller has served since 2008 as a roving pitching instructor in the Cardinals minor league system. He's a good mechanics guy, but I worry a little bit about his age -- he's 64. Miller's not a guy you'd expect to have on your staff eight or 10 years from now. If they're looking for a guy to fill the seat until La Russa leaves and then clean house, he could be your guy. But if they want a guy who might grow into the role of pitching coach when Dave Duncan leaves, this is a bad move.

Blaise Isley -- Pitching coach at Class AAA Memphis, his charges won the 2008 and 2009 Pacific Coast League ERA crowns. He won the 2004 George Kissell Award for Excellence in Player Development in 2004.

Dennis Martinez
-- The former All-Star major league pitcher has worked for the last two seasons as the pitching coach for the Class AA Springfield Cardinals. A longtime major leaguer, he has the resume for the job, to say the least. And he would seem to be the guy most likely to be bucking for a major league promotion.