Mabry with the St. Louis Cardinals
|Kansas City Royals|
|Outfielder / First baseman|
|Born: October 17, 1970|
|April 23, 1994, for the St. Louis Cardinals|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 17, 2007, for the Colorado Rockies|
|Runs batted in||446|
John Steven Mabry (born October 17, 1970) is an American former professional baseball player, broadcaster, and coach. He is a coach for the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He had 898 career hits in 3409 at-bats (for a batting average of .263), with 96 home runs and 446 RBI. He is 6'4" tall, weighs 210 lbs, bats left-handed and throws right-handed.
Mabry, a graduate of Bohemia Manor High School, in Chesapeake City, Maryland, played three years at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, before being drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 6th round of the 1991 amateur draft.
During his fourteen-year MLB career Mabry played for eight teams, including three different stints with the Cardinals (1994-1998, 2001, 2004-2005). In Mabry's only season with over 400 at bats, he led the Cardinals with 161 hits and was fourth in the National League for first basemen in fielding percentage at .994 and was errorless in 14 games in the outfield. He hit for a natural cycle in a May 18, 1996 loss to the Colorado Rockies.
Mabry was one of the few major leaguers who preferred not to wear batting gloves. He was also somewhat versatile on defense, playing more than 100 games at left and right field as well as first and third base. He also made two career appearances pitching with dubious results. In 1 inning of work he gave up 7 earned runs for a career ERA of 63.
In April, 2011, Fox Sports Midwest hired Mabry to serve as baseball analyst during St. Louis Cardinals live pre-game and post-game shows, a role he shared with former Cardinals Mike Matheny and Cal Eldred.
On December 2, 2011 the Cardinals named Mabry the assistant hitting coach to Mark McGwire in 2012, soon after announcing former teammate Mike Matheny would be the new manager. On November 5, 2012, the Cardinals promoted Mabry to hitting coach following McGwire's departure to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Former major league catcher Bengie Molina succeeded Mabry as the assistant hitting coach. Mabry was released from his position as hitting coach with the St. Louis Cardinals when manager Mike Matheny was fired on Saturday, July 14, 2018, just days before the All-Star break of the 2018 season.
After his 2007 retirement as a player, Mabry continued to make his home in the St. Louis area along with his wife Ann and their four children. Long an avid outdoorsman, Mabry became a spokesman for Gander Mountain, making a series of videos on different aspects of hunting and fishing.