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Rob Deer to join Cubs as assistant hitting coach

Updated: November 26, 2012 1:36PM

Cubs manager Dale Sveum and Rob Deer were teammates with the Milwaukee Brewers in the late 1980s. They will team again next season with the Cubs as Deer joins Sveum’s coaching staff as an assistant hitting coach.

Deer, 52, will be an assistant to hitting coach James Rowson, who replaced Rudy Jaramillo after he was fired at mid-season this year. His 11-year career ended in 1996. He has spent time as a roving minor league hitting instructor in the San Diego Padres system and also is the creator of a hitting-aide device called Vizubat.

Deer hit only .220 for his career and led the leagues in strikeouts four different seasons. He hit 230 home runs and drove in 600 in his career. He played with Sveum during the late 1980s with the Brewers.

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