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Mason, 52, enters his 11th season as bullpen coach after working from 1997- 1999 as the organization's Triple-A pitching coach. He begins his 25th year as a coach in the Cardinals system, dating back to his first assignment at St. Petersburg in 1986. After two seasons there, Mason coached at Savannah in 1988, returned to St. Petersburg in 1989, then moved to Arkansas from 1990-96.

A righthanded pitcher originally signed by the New York Yankees in 1980, Mason was acquired by the Cardinals in December 1982 after playing on loan that season for the club's Springfield affiliate. While in the Yankees' system, he led the South Atlantic League with an .846 winning percentage in 1981, when he was 11-2 at Greensboro. At the Cardinals' Springfield affiliate in 1983, Mason ranked second in the Midwest League with 54 appearances and third in games finished, with 46. Mason also pitched for Arkansas and St. Petersburg. He retired after four games as a player-coach at St. Petersburg in 1986.

Mason was born April 4, 1958, in Central City, Ky. He attended Central Alabama Academy from 1975 to 1976 and Western Kentucky University from 1977 to 1980. He married the former Lynn Bradford on Feb. 22, 1986, and the couple have two daughters, Brandy Leigh and Lindsey. Mason enjoys bass fishing in his spare time. Mason rides and builds custom Harley Davidson motorcycles and vintage dirt bikes. He is also a U.S.C.G. licensed Master Captain, and runs a light tackle guide service during the winter in Stuart, Fla. He received an Outstanding Achievement award from the St. Louis BBWAA for his work with the Cardinals relief staff in 2005.

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