12/16 Cubs announce coaching staff

Bench coach Jamie Quirk, pitching coach Chris Bosio and former Cardinals first base coach Dave McKay will join Cubs manager Dale Sveum’s coaching staff, the team announced Friday. Quirk, Bosio and McKay will join hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo, third base coach Pat Listach and bullpen coach Lester Strode, who are holdovers from Mike Quade’s staff. Quade was dismissed after a 71-91 season, and Sveum was named the Cubs’ 52nd manager on Nov. 18.

Mike Borzello and Franklin Font also will serve as Major League staff assistants. Borzello will work with the catchers and be involved in advanced scouting while Font, who was the Cubs’ Minor League infield coordinator, will assist Jaramillo.

Bosio, 48, begins his third stint as a big league pitching coach, previously coaching in the Majors for the Rays in 2003 and the Brewers in 2009. He became the Brewers advance scout following the 2009 season and remained in that role until being named pitching coach for Triple-A Nashville in 201.

Quirk, 57, joins the Cubs with 18 years of Major League coaching experience with three organizations, including 12 seasons as a big league bench coach with the Royals (1996-2001) and Rockies (2003-08). The former big league catcher played for eight teams during his 18-year Major League career (1975-92) and was a member of the 1985 World Champion Royals.  Overall, Quirk batted .240 with 43 home runs and 247 RBI in 984 big league games.

McKay, 61, joins the Cubs after spending the last 16 seasons as the Cardinals’ first base coach. The 2012 season will be McKay’s 27th season as a big league coach. He has been a member of three World Champion staffs: 1989 in Oakland as well as 2006 and 2011 in St. Louis.  

Jaramillo, 61, enters his third season with the Cubs, and 18th straight at the Major League level as a hitting coach. Listach, 44, was Quade’s bench coach last season, while Strode, 53, enters his 24th season in the Cubs organization and sixth at the Major League level on the coaching staff.

Borzello, 41, joins the Cubs with 16 years of experience with Major League clubs. He spent the last four seasons with the Dodgers as their bullpen catcher, a stint that followed 12 years in the Yankees organization starting in 1996.

Font, 34, returns for his 18th season in the Cubs organization, his first at the Major League level. He spent the last three years as the Cubs Minor League infield coordinator. 

— Carrie Muskat 


Font, 34, returns for his 18th season in the Cubs organization, his first at the Major League level. He spent the last three years as the Cubs Minor League infield coordinator.
Hey if you can get a baseball job at the age of 16, I’d do it. Or I would have.
I’ll bet he is not 34. ???

Actually, he was in the Cubs minor league system as a player at age 18 and 2012 will be his 18th season in the Cubs organization, so the math works.


18 + 18 = 34 ???

Wow, you really are dense. Font signed with the Cubs in 1995 beginning his affiliation with the Cubs. I’ll count the years for you, smart one. ’95 (1), ’96 (2), ’97 (3), ’98 (4), ’99 (5), ’00 (6), ’01 (7), ’02 (8), ’03 (9), ’04 (10), ’05 (11), ’06 (12), ’07 (13), ’08 (14), ’09 (15), ’10 (16), ’11 (17), and 2012 will be his 18th season. Enough people complain on here, at least be right if you’re going to try to put someone else down.

font is an extremely mature coach for his age and is well known for the hours he will spend with infielders. He is here to assist Castro and Barney. He was Starlin*s manager in his rookie year and is certainly responsible for his rapid rise to the majors. Franklin is not a hitting coach–fielding is his forte. watch for daily improvement with our double play efforts. Congrats Franklin.

Ok, my bad.
But I wasn’t complaining, I just thaught it was funny. But thank you for correcting me.
I guess I’m the math dummy.

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