Last week we learned the contract of popular Pitching Coach Chris Bosio would not be renewed. Earlier this week we learned Assistant Hitting Coach Eric Hinske had been hired by the Los Angeles Angels as their main hitting instructor and long time Maddon Bench Coach Davey Martinez would interview, and is considered a front runner for the Washington Nationals top job. Since then, some fans have wondered if other coaches on the Cubs staff were on the chopping block. Today, we received confirmation.
In an internal promotion, the Cubs replaced Hinske by elevating Minor League Hitting Instructor Andy Haines to the Assistant Hitting Coach post. He will not be working alongside the Hitting Coach for the past three seasons however. Out is John Mallee, in is former Red Sox Hitting Coach and longtime MLB veteran Chili Davis.
Mallee issued the following statement: “I would like to thank the Chicago Cubs for the amazing opportunity to be part of a great tradition and organization for the last three years,” the statement read. “I left a great Houston Astros org to be closer to home with my family and to help my hometown team win a World Series. We did that. I have no regrets and stand by my work. I wish nothing but the best for the Cubs organization and all the amazing people I met along the way, especially my hitters.”
These were not the only moves. The club also chose not to retain the services of 3rd Base Coach Gary Jones. In his place the Cubs turn to 22-year coaching veteran Brian Butterfield. Butterfield will man the 3rd base coaching box for the 18th season in 2018. Jones had been with the Cubs since 2014.
Still no news to report on replacing Chris Bosio. We know the club has interviewed Jim Hickey, but the former Rays coach has many suitors and is continuing to meet with various teams.