To date, we’ve mostly been able only to speculate about whom the Cubs might bring in to serve as the new bench coach under David Ross. Even that sentence requires speculation – namely, that current bench coach Mark Loretta will not be staying on in that role, given the Cubs’ likely desire to have an experienced former manager (or at least long-time coach) to be rookie manager Ross’s right-hand man.
Among the names that, on paper, made a lot of sense: former Red Sox pitching coach and manager John Farrell, who has connections to the Cubs front office, to Ross, and to the Cubs organization through his sons. But according to The Athletic, Farrell is not being considered for the Cubs’ bench coach job.
Instead, the name reported as one of several on the Cubs’ list: recently-bounced Padres manager Andy Green. Even as the report explicitly states there are “several” names, it seems notable and interesting that Green is the only one identified. Could be simply because that’s the only guy The Athletic crew has heard about, or it could be because he’s among the top candidates.
Green, 42, played in the big leagues and in Japan before managing in the minor leagues, and then becoming a big league coach for a year with the Diamondbacks. After that, he was hired as the Padres’ manager, where he served for four rebuilding years.
I honestly cannot tell you too much about his efficacy as a coach outside of noting that he had a more traditional route to the manager’s seat than a guy like Ross, and therefore has a little wider range of experience. He’s hardly a grizzled veteran manager, but four years in the role is plenty of experience. Of course, experience, alone, is not all the Cubs and Ross are looking for in a bench coach. I guess we’ll see if Green is the right fit in the end.
The Cubs also have an opening at third base, with outgoing coach Brian Butterfield heading to the Angels. Butterfield was also in charge of infield defense and baserunning, areas where the Cubs frequently seemed to lack fundamental preparation. I’m not *blaming* that on Butterfield, mind you. Only saying that it might align well for an increased focus.
Interestingly, that one year coaching Green had with the Diamondbacks? It was as a third base coach. You never know if he’d be considered for that role with the Cubs, too.