chicago cubs logoToday the Chicago Cubs announced their new coaching staff for the 2014 season, the first under new manager Rick Renteria.

As expected, Bill Mueller is the Cubs’ new hitting coach, with recently-interviewed Mike Brumley as the assistant hitting coach. Farm Director Brandon Hyde is being promoted to the bench coach position, which is a pretty exciting move. Hyde is obviously as close as it gets to the Cubs’ top prospects, and, as they emerge on the big club within the next two years, they’ll now be greeted by a familiar face. He’s also got experience, having managed in the minors for five years previously, and was a bench coach with the Marlins for a season and a half.

Gary Jones joins the staff as the new third base coach and infield instructor, coming over from the Padres. Jose Castro will be a quality assurance coach (which appears to be a new gig). If you’re looking for the first base coach, you won’t find one – apparently that’s still an open position. Interesting that the Cubs elected to announce the rest of the staff. I wonder if that means they know it’s going to be a little while on the first base coach?

Chris Bosio indeed stays on as the pitching coach, as does Lester Strode (bullpen coach), Mike Borzello (catching and strategy coach (new title)) and Franklin Font (staff assistant).

In conjunction with Hyde’s move onto the big league bench, Amateur Scouting Director Jaron Madison – who came to the Cubs from the Padres – will slide into Hyde’s vacated position. National Crosschecker Matt Dorey, who came to the Cubs from the Red Sox, will take over as the Amateur Scouting Director. Dorey and Madison are both up-and-comers, and it’s nice to see that they’ve cemented themselves as valuable pieces in an already heady front office.

I’ll likely have more on the coaching staff and the front office changes next week. For now, no real surprises, and it all looks good to me.

  • JL

    I don’t like the assistant hitting coach move. Stick with one guy.

  • Fastball

    I do like BM though. These other guys who knows about them. Looks like they hired a bunch of long shots except for Bosio and the guy from Seattle. Kinda looks like they got 5 resumes for 6 openings. Thus we still are short a first base coach. Probably the best of breed didn’t have much interest in these jobs. How many of these guys have hit fungos for infield practice. They might have to hire somone for that key role.

    • MichiganGoat

      Again how did you get sooo wise your insights are outstanding keep up the great work.

    • Oswego Chris

      I think they will probably just go without a first base coach, or just have one of the players do it…the player will have to wear a helmet of course…

      The infield defense may suffer if your assumption about no one to hit fungos is correct…

      • MichiganGoat

        Reason 106 – No First Base Coach!

        • Pat

          Well, it not like it’s likely many people reach first anyway. I see it as a shrewd cost saving move.

      • jayrig5

        “Whoever made the last out last inning, grab a helmet, you’re coaching first!”

  • Fastball

    Bet I’m not far off. I hate not feeling all rah rah with all this. I quit drinking the kool aid. Sorry I don’t feel like a follower at this point in time. I am open to changing my position when I see some positive results. Still love my Cubbies and always will. Nice thing about these sites is you don’t have to agree with everyone all the time.

    • MichiganGoat

      Never asked you to, but these overtop chicken little post really don’t add anything to the discussion. I understand you are frustrated but try to have the actual rational reasons to discuss.

  • Fastball

    Its friday night the wife is taking a dirt nap on the couch and aint shit on tv. Sorry for lack of meaningful meaningful conversation. :)

  • Oswego Chris

    Ummm…”dirt nap?”

    • JM

      I wondered the same thing.

  • SenorGato

    Didn’t read all the comments but I’m going to pretend I don’t assume that it’s been said already:

    Morzello has been given a significant role and they must think highly of him. That role basically sounds like the seeds for the role of defensive coordinator.

  • jmc

    nice juxtaposition. The Cardinals add talent and the Cubs add coaches

  • Jon

    In other news, more than likely Derrick Rose tore his other ACL. I hate Chicago sports

  • jmc

    come on we have the Blackhawks

  • Robert

    The Cubs need to have a full-time combination bunting/base stealing/running coach.
    Every player and esp. any player that has any ‘speed’ and all pitchers need to practice
    bunting every day.
    At 500 at-bats – Every five (5) additional hits is an additional 10 points (%) added to their batting average.
    If a .260 batter gets an additional 10 hits due to bunting and/or infield hits, he raises his batting average to .280.
    It also causes the opponents infielders to play out of position (in) and play nervous (hurry).
    Not only do they hurry to get to the ball, but to handle the ball and to throw the ball.


    • MichiganGoat

      MOAR SMALL BALL! Now what about all the outs bunting will create? How is that going to help?

      • Scotti

        The BA for a decent, not great (or even really good), bunter is WELL above .300.

    • MichiganGoat

      And you know what kills more than speed? Getting on base… just ask Campana.

    • baldtaxguy

      Not sure you need a dedicated coach for this.

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