12/3 Cubs coaching staff

The Cubs will formally announce manager Dale Sveum’s coaching staff next week. So far, Chris Bosio and Jamie Quirk have gotten a head start on the announcements. Quirk will be Sveum’s bench coach while Bosio told his hometown newspaper in Appleton, Wis., on Friday that he will take over as the Cubs pitching coach, replacing Mark Riggins. Hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo will return and bullpen coach Lester Strode also was expected back. Pat Listach, who was the Cubs bench coach, was expected back but in a different role. Sveum is reportedly waiting for Craig Counsell to decide if he is retiring as a player. If so, Counsell could join the Cubs staff, and would be the fifth former Brewer on staff. Jaramillo and Strode are the only ones to not play for Milwaukee.

— Carrie Muskat


Miller park south!

Well, you have to expect any new manager (excecpt Hendry’s whipping boy Quade) to bring in who he wants, if he is not given that control he is not given the respect or confidence (again, Quade) from ownership. The holdover Strode seems to be inconsequential to winning ball games and the retaining of Jaramillo might be the only aspect of this new regime that ownership would think too embarrassing and costly to “eat” by letting him go as they did Quade. Jaramillo is getting the benefit of the doubt because of his reputation. Quade who was a typical Hendry lacky had no such luxury of having a reputation good enough to save his job.

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