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Chris Bosio is the new Cub pitching coach, says working with Zambrano a priority

Chris Bosio is the new Cub pitching coach, says working with Zambrano a priority

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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  • Lets hope he can help turn Carlos around. His lifetime winning %
    is one of best around. At the very least he might be traded by the
    end of March.

  • In reply to emartinezjr:

    It can only help if Carlos is pitching well and giving us innings. It remains to be seen whether he's still around. Cubs are preparing like he'll be here,but they'll probably trade him if they get a good deal.

  • ITA John, in the end Zambrano will not be pitching for the Cubs. If the Cubs get a decent offer for Z, he's gone . On one hand they are boosting him up to show they still have faith in him, on the other hand the first team that makes a decent offer gets him.

  • In reply to Steve Flores:

    Even just letting him pitch well in the spring, show good stuff, show he's trying to change...then when a team finds itself short on pitching or has an injury, the Cubs may find someone to take him.

  • Kind of funny the way Bosio said it, like he needs to explain to us that Zambrano gets wound a little too tight. I asked Randy Wells, who is from my home town about him a couple years ago. He told me that Zambrano is really a nice guy, always joking around. Said he just has a bad temper and when he gets mad he goes ballistic.
    I always thought one of his problems is he lacks focus. Gets impatient on the mound. He wastes pitches. Would like to see a coach work with him to make every pitch count and think things through better as to what he is trying to do as he is on the mound.

  • I've heard similar things about him. I think a lot of us have known someone like that you was a nice guy but you didn't want to see his bad side.

    I agree with your assessment. Maybe the key is to channel that aggression on the mound and go right after hitters.

  • And very cool that you talked to Randy Wells and he was willing to answer that.

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    Carlos Zambrano's problem is that he still thinks he's Carlos Zambrano, and while he obviously is, he also isn't . He's not the kid who could get himself out of a jam by blowing people away, but he has yet to accept that reality and adapted to it.

  • In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    There is that. He did throw less fastballs last year, but that's a product of Mark Riggins. I think things will be different. Theo and Jed seem to favor a more aggressive style of pitching -- attack hitters and throw strikes. Frankly, that may work better for him.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    Oh, there is no doubt Z should be throwing more fastballs, especially considering the amount of movement he has on both his two-seam and four-seam.

  • Very nice addition to the coaching staff. Things appear to be improving day by day. Can't wait 'til next week.

  • In reply to lokeey:

    It seems like a solid choice if everyone involved seemed to give it the seal of approval. It's hard to know a lot about what kind of impact a pitching coach is going to have until we see some results.

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    It seems odd that Zambrano seems more emotionally fragile the older he gets. Perhaps it is because it is more of a struggle for him because his talent is not as overwhelming and it causes him even more frustration. I mean I know he has always had a temper but how did he make it through the first several years of his career without these major blow-ups and now all of a sudden he has done this like every year the last 3 years or so. Perhaps it's just that he's allowed himself to erupt for so long and feels entitled as a veteran so that now it has become all but impossible to change. It's a sad situation all the way around for a guy who is generally a good guy and who also claims to have a spiritual dimension but it hasn't seem to invaded his personality on the field.

  • In reply to Gary Kueper:

    Interesting observation...I hadn't thought about that. Usually you mellow out as you get older.

    I think when Zambrano was young and more frequently dominant on the mound, the Cubs were willing to put up with the sideshow. Especially since they were winning. When he became overpaid and mediocre, it became harder to tolerate and it became more public. I also think, as you say, as he's gotten older there's some sense of entitlement. He felt he should have been the #1 starter even when his productivity was declining and Dempster and even Lilly were pitching better.

    It's similar to what Michael said too. Zambrano isn't Zambrano anymore and he's having a hard time coming to terms with that.

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    I think Zambrano could still be dominant, but he needs to change his approach.

  • In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    I would settle for the 2009-2010 Zambrano if he just kept it together mentally.

  • Zambrano has to go or else it will be the same old, same old all over again.

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    Years ago,when Carlos was still in the Cubs' farm system, Jim Callis wrote of Zambrano's fastball movement being such that he need only aim for the middle and the ball would find it's way to a corner. He still has that movement, but he doesn't trust it. So he nips instead.

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