Cal is in his first season as the Royals pitching coach, being named to the position on November 7, 2017… he has been in the organization the last two seasons, serving as an Assistant to the General Manager-Player Development ... Also served as an Assistant to the General Manager with the St. Louis Cardinals for three seasons, 2013-15, under GM John Mozeliak…role included instructing minor league players for various on and off the field issues.
Spent 14 seasons in the Major Leagues, playing for the Milwaukee Brewers (1991-99), Chicago White Sox (2000-01) and St. Louis Cardinals (2003-05) ... Selected by Milwaukee in the first round (17th overall) of the 1989 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Iowa ... Led the American League in starts in both 1993 (36) and 1994 (25), as well as innings pitched (258.0) in 1993 ... Recorded 10 victories or more five times in his career, including a career-best 16 wins for Milwaukee in 1993, which tied for seventh in the Junior Circuit ... Made six relief appearances for the Cardinals during the 2004 and 2005 postseasons, including a pair of outings in the 2004 World Series vs. Boston ... Earned the Darryl Kile Good Guy Award with the Cardinals in 2005.
Cal and his wife, Christi, reside in Mount Vernon, Iowa with their children, CJ, Luke, Emily, Abigail and Hollee ... Graduated from Urbana (Iowa) Community High School in 1986…earned all-state honors in both baseball and basketball, while he was a third team All-American in baseball during his senior season ... Selected by the New York Mets in the 1986 First-Year Player Draft (26th round), but declined the offer to attend the University of Iowa ... Pitched three seasons for the Hawkeyes (1987-89), amassing 177 career strikeouts and 218.0 innings, which both ranked in the top five in program history at the completion of his college career ... In 2002, Cal and wife, Christi, donated funds to provide lights for Duane Banks Field at the University of Iowa ... Served as a studio analyst for college baseball broadcasts on the Big Ten Network and also contributed to Cardinals' broadcasts on Fox Sports Midwest following his retirement as a player in 2005.