6/12 Jaramillo dismissed
Rudy Jaramillo, a legendary hitting coach in Texas who couldn’t get the Cubs to adapt his plan, was dismissed on Tuesday. Jaramillo, 61, was in his third season with the Cubs. He will be replaced by James Rowson, the Cubs’ Minor League hitting coordinator, on an interim basis. The Cubs currently rank 10th in the National League in batting with a team .247 average but have struggled to deliver in clutch situations. They rank 14th in runs scored, and were hitting .232 with runners in scoring position. Jaramillo has helped young Starlin Castro, who was batting .308, and also Alfonso Soriano, who leads the Majors with 12 home runs since May 15. But the rest of the team has scuffled, especially against left-handed pitchers, batting a collective .223. Rowson, 35, joined the Cubs during the offseason after six seasons in the Yankees organization, including the last four years as their Minor League hitting coordinator.
The Cubs batted .255 in 2 1/2 seasons with Jaramillo. This year, they hit .259 in May but were batting .238 in June.
– Carrie Muskat