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- We’ve been waiting on a coaching staff announcement for a little while now, but Bruce Levine says it could be coming soon. Recall, Jed Hoyer said the Cubs would wait to announce any hires until they were all made and could come in one, singular announcement. (That’s why I’m fairly confident that Bill Mueller will indeed be hired as the hitting coach, even though rumors popped up, and then quieted down. Odds are good that a deal is done, and the announcement is simply waiting the finalization of the other coaches.) We heard about additional coaching staff candidates last week, and there’s a belief that pitching coach Chris Bosio has already been retained, and that bullpen coach Lester Strode and staff assistant Mike Borzello will also return.
- Mariners first base coach Mike Brumley, who was briefly a Cub back in the day, interviewed for a coaching position this week, according to Levine. Brumley has had a long coaching and managerial career in the minors, and has been with the Mariners’ big league club for four years.
- Patrick Mooney really killed it at the GM Meetings last week, because it’s another day, and there’s another fantastic read from him involving another GM. This one is Jon Daniels, who, as the GM of the Rangers, has dealt frequently with the Cubs over the last two years. He offers thoughts on Mike Olt and C.J. Edwards, and the go-for-it phase the Rangers are in.
- MLBPA Director Michael Weiner has passed away at age 51 following a long battle with brain cancer. You won’t see too many folks uttering a bad word about him, and it was hard to see one of his final public appearances back in July, when everyone seemed to know it was the last time he’d be fulfilling the duties he’d held for the past four years. Weiner replaced longtime MLBPA Director Donald Fehr, and Tony Clark is currently the acting director.
- The Peoria Chiefs are auctioning off some sweet items to raise funds for the tornado victims in the area.
- If you missed it last night, the Cubs have received the next approval necessary in the Wrigley renovation re-submission process, and are going to be putting up an arch.