Per a tweet from MLB.com's Carrie Muskat,
Chris Bosio says he'll be #Cubs pitching coach on Sveum's staff. Official announcement expected next week
Chris Bosio joins bench coach Jamie Quirk and holdovers Lester Strode (bullpen coach), Rudy Jaramillo (hitting coach), and Pat Listach (role to be determined) on new manager Dale Sveum's coaching staff. There is still some speculation that former infielder Craig Counsell will also join the Cubs staff if he retires as expected.
Bosio told the Post-Crescent,
“All of those long-suffering Cubs fans, their will to win, their want to win, their passion to win, it’s going to be a lot of good energy. It’s going to be agonizing at times, and rewarding as well. That’s the rigors of the season. But we’re going to try and create some magic at Wrigley.’’
Bosio has said that one of his first priorities is to work with Carlos Zambrano,
“There’s a reason he has a 125-81 career record,. He’s overpowering at times and he’s a competitor first and foremost. Those are great qualities to have when you’re looking for a front-line starting pitcher. But he lets his emotions get the best of him. That’s what makes him tick, but he has to get those under control a little more. Like a lot of guys with high emotions, he can be his own worst enemy. At times he’s strung too tight.’’
Ah...don't we know it. I don't know how overpowering he is anymore. He's been in the low 90s for the past few years after throwing in the mid 90s early in his career, but Zambrano can still bring the heat, just not as often and consistently as he used to. There's still a lot to work with stuff-wise. It's reining in those emotions that have always been the challenge.
Sveum and Bosio are long time friends, having first met in 1979 playing high school football. There were also teammates on the Milwaukee Brewers from 1986-1991 and then were reunited recently on the Brewer's coaching staff in 2009. Bosio still went through the interview process with Jed Hoyer and Theo Epstein, so apparently he met with their approval as well.
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