Cubs announce coaches, organizational moves
STAFF REPORT October 23, 2012 12:48PM
Ryan Dempster of the Cubs pitches in the second inning at Wrigley Field Wednesday, May 30, 2012, in Chicago. | John J. Kim~Sun-Times
Updated: October 23, 2012 4:42PM
The Cubs rounded out their coaching staff for next season and announced several organizational moves on Tuesday.
The team named David Bell third-base coach and removed the interim tag from hitting coach James Rowson.
The biggest organizational move was the re-signing of assistant general manager Randy Bush, a Jim Hendry holdover, for three more years.
“I’m very happy about that,” team president Theo Epstein said. “It was about a 15-second negotiation.”
Some other moves Epstein highlighted:
--Longtime and respected trainer Mark O’Neal asked for a re-assignment for personal reasons. “He will stay as an important part of coordinating our medial operations,” said Epstein, who is adding “a medical science“ component to both the Cubs’ spring training facility and planned development at Wrigley Field.
--Epstein confirmed the Padres have dropped their request for compensation for what would have been low-level minor leaguers for the hiring of Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod.
--Epstein said a replacement for longtime traveling secretary Jimmy Bank will be filled internally.
--The Cubs are expected to try to retain their lone free-agent, right-handed reliever Shawn Camp.
--Rookie right hander Alberto Cabrera, who had success as a reliever this year, will be stretched out as a starter at Triple-A Iowa next year.
Manager Dale Sveum’s coaching staff is now complete for the 2013 season, as Bell and Rowson join pitching coach Chris Bosio, first-base coach Dave McKay, bench coach Jamie Quirk and bullpen coach Lester Strode. Staff assistants Mike Borzello and Franklin Font will also return next season. Bell replaced Pat Listach, whose contract was not renewed following the 2012 campaign.
Bell, 40, joins the Cubs after managing and coaching third base in the Cincinnati Reds minor-league system the last four seasons, most recently guiding the Triple-A Louisville club in 2012. Prior to Louisville, Bell was the manager for Double-A Carolina from 2009-11, with the 2009 campaign marking his first stint as a manager or coach at the professional level after his 12-year major league career ended in 2006.
Bell is a member of one of Major League Baseball’s three-generation families, as he is the son of Buddy Bell and the grandson of Gus Bell.
Rowson was named major league interim hitting coach June 13 after joining the organization as the minor league hitting instructor prior to the 2012 campaign. Strode returns for his seventh season as the club’s bullpen coach, while Bosio, McKay, Quirk, Borzello and Font each return for their second season in their respective big league coaching staff roles.
Here’s the structure of the Cubs player development and scouting departments:
- Brandon Hyde, Director of Player Development.
- Tim Cossins, Field Coordinator. Cossins joins the Cubs from the Marlins organization.
- Alex Suarez, Assistant Director of Player Development/International Scouting. For Suarez, this is a promotion from coordinator of player development/international scouting.
- David Macias, Player Development/International Scouting Assistant. Macias was an outfielder in the Cubs minor league system from 2008-11.
- Jaron Madison, Director of Amateur Scouting.
- Lukas McKnight, Assistant Director of Amateur Scouting. For McKnight, this is a promotion from regional crosschecker.
- Shane Farrell, Amateur Scouting Assistant. Farrell pitched for Marshall University from 2008-11 and scouted the Cape Cod League last summer.
Additionally, the Cubs have hired Chris Clemons, JP Davis and Alex Lontayo as new area scouts, while Mark Adair is now a regional crosschecker after previously serving as a pro scout.
- Louie Eljaua, Special Assistant to the General Manager/Director of International Scouting.
- Alex Suarez, Assistant Director of Player Development/International Scouting.
- David Macias, Player Development/International Scouting Assistant.
- Paul Weaver, International Scouting crosschecker, coordinator of Pacific Rim Scouting.
- Joe Bohringer, Director of Pro Scouting.
- Andrew Bassett, Pro Scouting Coordinator. For Bassett, this is a promotion from baseball operations assistant.
Additionally, the Cubs have promoted Jake Ciarrachi to pro scout (from pro scouting coordinator) and hired the following new pro scouts: Steve Boros, Terry Kennedy and Mark Kiefer. Denny Henderson and Steve Hinton have moved to pro scouting from amateur scouting. The Cubs have also hired Jason Karegeannes and Brad Kullman as major league scouts, joining Dave Littlefield (special assistant to the GM/major league scout).