The Cubs finalized their coaching staff on Wednesday hiring a new bench coach and mental skills coordinator. Brandon Hyde, bench coach in 2018, took the managerial job with the Baltimore Orioles last month. Darnell McDonald was the first person to hold the job of mental skills coordinator when it was created in 2015.
Speculation about the bench coach position in particular ran wild the last few weeks. David Ross was originally the focal point of media interest, but he took his name out of consideration. People with ties to the organization such as Chris Denorfia and Will Venable were also thought of as possible replacements. In the end, Chicago went outside the team by hiring former major league infielder Mark Loretta.
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Loretta, a graduate of Northwestern University, played for five teams mainly the Milwaukee Brewers. He played for the Red Sox in 2006 under then General Manager Theo Epstein. After his retirement, Loretta took a job in the San Diego Padres front office. He also managed team Israel in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
Bob Tewksbury was hired to replace Darnell McDonald as mental skills coordinator. Tewksbury pitched from 1986-1998 with six teams including the Cubs from 1987-88. He has a masters degree in psychology from Boston University. Tewksbury has worked for numerous teams as mental skills coach.
He was a sports psychology coach for the Red Sox under Epstein starting in 2004. Recently, he held a similar position for the San Francisco Giants.
Barring any future departures the Cubs have a set coaching lineup for 2019. Anthony Iapoce as hitting coach, Tommy Hottovy as pitching coach, and Loretta as bench coach.