For what will now be remembered as a very brief period of time, Boston Red Sox hitting coach Dave Magadan was a theorized favorite for the Chicago Cubs’ open hitting coach job.

But that brief period is over, as he’s accepted the same job with the Texas Rangers (the previous home to former Cubs hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo), according to WEEI. Magadan, 50, had been with the Red Sox since 2007, so the Cubs’ front office was obviously quite familiar with his work.

The good news, I suppose, is that the Cubs can apparently pull the we-didn’t-want-you-anyway card with a straight face: according to WEEI, Magadan had spoken with a number of teams about a job, but none of those teams was the Cubs.

The Cubs went with an interim hitting coach – minor league hitting coordinator James Rowson – after Jaramillo was dismissed mid-season. Rowson remains in the running to get the full-time job, but I’m sure the Cubs and manager Dale Sveum are evaluating their options.

  • Carne Harris

    Surprised we weren’t even one of the teams talking to him. Makes me think Sveum’s more in charge of the candidate search than the FO.

    • Tommy

      Makes me think Sveum’s more in charge of the candidate search than the FO.

      I think you might be right, Carne. Can you say Robin Yount, anyone!

  • lou brock lives

    I’d rather see the best hitter, with the shortest, sweetest swing I’ve seen in the last 30 years former Brewer & Blue Jay Paul Molitor.

  • fortyonenorth

    I wonder if Bill Buckner would be interested in the job. I know he’s batting coach for Boise Hawks now.

    • Stinky Pete

      I cannot say this as definitive truth, but I believe Buckner likes living in Idaho.

      • arta

        he’s also said he’d like to be a batting coach in the majors.

        • anotherjp

          Buckner as Cubs hitting coach would work for me.

  • Eric

    Maybe it’s a coincidence and maybe it’s me remembering wrong. But I feel our team’s hitting approach and OBP was the best when Gerald Perry was the hitting coach. When we sucked and they fired him as a PR move. I feel that was the worst targeted firing I had ever seen.

  • Clark Addison

    Where is Perry now?

    • Eric

      not sure actually. But we should hire Gerald Perry back ( know it will never happen ) because he was one of the best coaches of that team. So the fact that they fired a great hitting coach as a PR move hurt our coaching staff. You want to keep guys like Gerald Perry, Larry Rothschild, Dave Mckay, those kind of guys that can make genuine differences and you want to keep them long term. I think Sveum is one of those guys too.

  • IndyCubsFan

    Just heard Mark McGuire is the Cards right-hand batting coach and John Mabry is the batting coach for the lefties. Interesting. Think Theo would be into something like that??

    • cubfanincardinalland

      McGwire is in charge of the hypodermic needles for both lefties and righties.

  • lou brock lives

    I’ve always been a proponent of that idea of having left handed & right handed coaches for the batting & pitching staff as well. Football has had specialization in coaching staffs for many years.

  • calicubsfan007

    I am curious as to which direction the Cubs go with the hitting coach. Do they bring someone in who has coached hitters for many years (Like Jaramilo)? Or do they go for the less experienced, yet had a very successful playing career, kind of coach? It worked for the Cards (McGuire).

  • http://Yes Dude

    The fact that Mcjuice is allowed to be in MLB as a coach is absurd. These clowns should be banned. Selig is a plague.

  • Tommy

    I wonder if Tony Gwynn is available as hitting coach.

  • http://It'searly Mike F

    Couldn’t agree more, Billy Bob Selig is slime bag used car salesman who is a disgrace. Costas would be a huge upgrade and thats not saying much for Bob.

  • Petrowsky

    Maybe it is just me, but I would prefer to bring in a hitting coach that wasn’t as successful as a player. When you look at guys like Jaramillo, Gerald Perry, and Dave Magadan, none of them were really successful players. Jaramillo never made it out of the minors, Perry was an average player at best, and Magadan had some success mostly as a part time player. When I think of players like Robin Yount I think of pure God given talent. That isn’t to say Yount didn’t work hard, but I still think of a guy who just understood the game better than most and is not too sure how he became so good. With guys like Jaramillo he had to work his butt off everyday just to make it to the minors.

    When I think of great teachers being below average players I think of golf. Look at Tiger Woods. He has had Butch Harmon and Hank Haney as his swing coaches. Both of those guys are pretty average golfers. I think that is what makes them great coaches. They had to work so hard just to be average. They learned all the finer points of the game only to be average. Those who can not do teach. Not to say I would be mad if the Cubs hired Yount, I just feel that guys as talented as Yount don’t understand how to portray that knowledge as well as less talented people.