Category: coaching staff

Cubs Tap David Ross As New Manager

Cubs Tap David Ross As New Manager
The Cubs front office went through an extensive search in their efforts to replace Joe Maddon. They interviewed incumbent members of Maddon’s staff, an up-and-coming bench coach from the team at the leading edge of the industry, a young manager recently let go, and an older manager coming off a year away from the game.... Read more »

Buddy Bailey Takes Over

Buddy Bailey Takes Over
As the press gathered on a sunny media day in South Bend, they were greeted by a new sight. Emerging from the dugout was the leathery visage of Buddy Bailey, like a well broken-in baseball mitt. As Bailey gathered his team in a semicircle behind him and had them introduce themselves to the crowd, a... Read more »

Cubs Announce Minor League Staff Assignments

Cubs Announce Minor League Staff Assignments
The Cubs announced their Minor League staff assignments for the 2019 season. First, the coaching staffs at each level include few surprises, with all of the managers for the club’s full season affiliates returning. You won’t find a pair of managers more experienced than Marty Pevey and Buddy Bailey. Each has coached for 30 years... Read more »
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Orioles (officially) hire Hyde as manager; Potential replacements; Cubs rumored in pursuit of Descalso

Orioles (officially) hire Hyde as manager; Potential replacements; Cubs rumored in pursuit of Descalso
I’d like to apologize for not really keeping pace with the articles during the Winter Meetings, but frankly I despise reporting on rumors, and was sort of waiting for concrete news to drop, that unfortunately never did. The Cubs were in “lockdown” mode, pursuing creative avenues to free up cash and roster space in order... Read more »

Cubs Rumors Roundup and Roster Updates

Cubs Rumors Roundup and Roster Updates
Pitching Coach Search I promised to provide further thoughts on the Cubs Pitching Coach search after the team announced Jim Hickey was stepping away due to personal reasons just before the Thanksgiving break and so here we go. It appears that the early front runner for the gig is an internal option. According to Sahadev... Read more »

News And Notes From Around The Central Division

News And Notes From Around The Central Division
Brewers lose one former Cubs coach, add another When Anthony Iapoce left to take a Major League job as the Rangers Hitting Coach in 2016, the Cubs hired Andy Haines as his replacement as the Minor League Hitting Coordinator. Last season, Haines was elevated to the Cubs MLB staff as the assistant to Chili Davis.... Read more »
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Arizona Fall League Preview – Pitchers and Coaches

Arizona Fall League Preview – Pitchers and Coaches
Good morning! This afternoon starts another Arizona Fall League, which will kick off Cubs Den’s exclusive coverage of the off-season leagues. Today, we preview the pitchers and coaches assigned to the Mesa Solar Sox. Bailey Clark, RHP As Bailey Clark continues to make his way through the Cubs’ minor league system, the biggest question surrounding... Read more »

Cubs officially announce 2018 Minor League coordinators and field staff

Cubs officially announce 2018 Minor League coordinators and field staff
It took a little longer than usual for these announcements to be made but the Cubs finally released their Minor League coaching staff assignments and officially named their new Minor League pitching and hitting coordinators. Perhaps the changes made to the MLB coaching staff caused a trickle down effect in which the organization wanted to... Read more »

Baseball Biomechanics

Baseball Biomechanics
As the off-season moves away from the winter meetings and the ever-pounding drumbeat of the rumor mill, the thoughts of many turn to preparing for the upcoming 2018 season. When you ask baseball followers about off-season training, it often conjures images of players in endless lines of teammates playing long toss, coaches with a stream... Read more »
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Coaching Changes and Knowing the Truth

Coaching Changes and Knowing the Truth
Last week, the Cubs shifted essentially the entire coaching staff behind manager Joe Maddon, and among the reactions to that news was the peculiar narrative that the Cubs had engaged in some sort of intentional misguiding of local media. We’ll dive into the complaints lofted by a few of the Chicago beats in a bit,... Read more »