The final member of Rick Renteria’s coaching staff has been identified: Eric Hinske will be the first base coach.
Hinske, a former Cubs draftee, was a long-time big leaguer who has apparently just hung ’em up (he played for the Diamondbacks in 2013). For that reason, there isn’t much to pick apart when it comes to his coaching chops, since he doesn’t yet have any.
I actually like that Hinske is joining the Cubs’ staff fresh off of a player career, which could give him a slightly different perspective as he works with the Cubs’ players. Diversity of opinion/perspective/background can be a very good thing, so good on the Cubs in this one. Hinske spent a few years in Boston in the late-2000s, so this front office probably has a great deal of familiarity with him.
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