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Cubs name Dave McKay first base coach

Well, the Cubs might not have got the Cardinal they really wanted when Albert Pujols signed with the Angels and left all those jokers with Wee Bears jerseys festooned with number five high and dry.

But the Wee Bears were able to up their ex-Cardinal ranks Friday when the club named longtime St. Louis first base coach Dave McKay to do the same job in Chicago.

McKay was a casualty of the Cardinals' leadership turnover when manager Tony La Russa decided to retire a couple of days after the World Series. Fortunately, he shouldn't have to worry about being let go after his team wins the Fall Classic for the rest of his career.

Also a member of the Wee Bears' coaching staff is former Cardinals player Jamie Quirk. He toiled for the Redbirds in 1983 in an 18-season career that also included stops with the Royals, Brewers, White Sox, Indians, Yankees, Orioles and Athletics.