12/30 Buckner new Boise hitting coach
Bill Buckner is back with the Cubs. Buckner, 62, was named the Class A Boise hitting coach on Friday. He returned to coaching last season as the manager of the Brockton Rox, leading the team to a 51-42 record in the independent CanAm League. Buckner replaces Desi Wilson, who was named the hitting coach for the Cubs’ Class A Daytona team.
Buckner rejoins the Cubs for the first time since playing for the big league team from 1977-84. He won the 1980 National League batting crown and earned a spot in the 1981 All-Star Game. A 22-year veteran, he was the White Sox’s hitting coach in 1996 and ’97, and also was a hitting coach in the Blue Jays Minor League system. Buckner played for the Dodgers, Cubs, Red Sox, Angels, and Royals, hitting .289 with 174 career home runs and 1,208 RBIs. He played in two World Series: 1974 with the Dodgers and 1986 with the Red Sox.
– Carrie Muskat