Cubs Reportedly Have Their New Assistant Hitting Coach: Former Padres Coach Johnny Washington

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Cubs Reportedly Have Their New Assistant Hitting Coach: Former Padres Coach Johnny Washington

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We kinda thought there might be some movement and/or resolution on the coaching staff front this week at the GM Meetings, and sure enough, it sounds like the Cubs just about have their new assistant hitting coach.

Per Sahadev Sharma, it’s former Padres coach Johnny Washington:

Interesting recent track record for Washington, who was a first base coach with the Padres on Andy Green’s staff, and then was the Padres’ hitting coach for 2019, Green’s final year. When Green was axed, Washington took the pandemic season off, and then headed to South Korea to be the hitting coach for the Hanwha Eagles this past season. Before his time on the Padres’ big league staff, Washington coached his way up through the Dodgers and Padres’ systems.

Clearly the relationship with now Cubs bench coach Andy Green was a big factor in the hiring, but I kinda love the diversity of experience there for Washington, who has worn just about all the hats, including a year in Asia. Combine his arrival with that of new hitting coach Greg Brown, and you have a pretty significant change to the big league hitting infrastructure. Justin Stone remains as the director of hitting at the minor league level, as do most of the minor league coaches.

Sharma’s article is a great read overall on the state of the coaching staff, and the relationship between those big league coaches and player development (it’s been a real issue for the Cubs for the last decade to continue developing players at the big league level).

A fun aside (well, for Cubs fans at least):



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.