Perhaps unsurprising given the tight budgetary concerns, but the Chicago Cubs will not conduct an extensive search for a new pitching coach. Instead, the team will opt to promote from within.

According to a major league source, the Cubs will stay within their organization to replace Rothschild for the Cubs’ pitching coach position. Top candidates will include minor-league pitching coordinator Mark Riggins, Cubs bullpen coach Lester Strode, Triple-A pitching coach Mark Mason and Double-A pitching coach Dennis Lewallyn.

Although there is no clear favorite at this time, Riggins is highly thought of throughout baseball and may have a slight edge with his 26 years of coaching experience. ESPN Chicago.

Good coaches have to come from somewhere, so there shouldn’t be a ton of disappointment here. And in a few years, when Greg Maddux’s kids have all headed off to college, maybe he’ll be ready to take the job.

If only the Cubs could figure out a way to pry Dave Duncan and his voodoo magic away from the Cardinals…

  • Jack Nugent

    Unfortunately, no matter who replaces Rothschild, I’m inclined to believe the Cubs will be worse off without him almost no matter what. You can’t say enough about the fact we have substantial data suggesting Rothschild has a positive impact on both his pitchers’ walk and strikeout rates.

    It’s pretty tough to quantify the impact a coach can have on his players, but we know for a fact that Rothschild is good at what he does.

    • Ace

      I don’t think anyone who’s paid attention the last decade would disagree. It’s a bummer, to be sure.

  • Jeff

    Why is the list precluded to in house candidates at this point. The season just ended not too long ago. I find it very hard to believe that there isn’t a better candidate available than the Cubs bullpen or minor league pitching coaches. If they aren’t going to spend the money on the players and put the money they have into developing their own prospects, it should stand to reason that the best teachers and coaches should be put in place to help these players get better. Coming out the day after your pitching coach of a decade leaves and saying that there is no better fit for this organization than what they already have in house is absolutely ridiculous.

    • Ace

      I think you answered your own question: money.

      That said, Cubs pitching prospects seem to have developed nicely in the last half decade, so maybe an in-house option isn’t such a bad idea.

      • Jeff

        One of our guys might end up being a good fit, and I agree with the amount of solid young arms they seem to be developing, it’s possible the coaching might be very good. It just seems that they are ignoring 99.9% of the market and saying that it’s going to be one of our guys no matter what. Unless they’ve had a guy in mind to replace Rothschild all along, the lack of a search for an outsider screams of mediocrity, not something any of us Cubs fans want to settle for anymore.