6/12 Soriano: “It’s sad to see Rudy go”
Most of the Cubs didn’t find out Rudy Jaramillo had been dismissed as the hitting coach until they arrived at Wrigley Field on Tuesday.
“You never like to see somebody go but we have to move forward, we have to focus on trying to win ballgames,” Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney said. “We’re going to miss Rudy.”
Jaramillo was in the final year of his contract and let go because of the Cubs’ offensive woes. They were hitting .247 overall, and ranked 11th in the National League with runners in scoring position.
“I feel, every hitter here feels it’s our responsibility that he lost his job because we didn’t do the job,” Alfonso Soriano said. “That’s hard when you see guys like Rudy, who like to work. He liked to work and we felt comfortable with him. Sometimes we put too much pressure on ourselves and made the game so difficult. It’s very sad to see him go.”
Theo Epstein complimented Jaramillo on his ability to work with a hitter on his mechanics. Epstein said they wanted more attention paid to the approach at the plate.
“Rudy was very individualistic,” Barney said. “He worked with guys on different things. With me, it was more the mechanical side of things early and I felt I had a pretty good approach to hitting and did my homework. With other guys, he talked more approach. You’re not going to really talk to someone like Jeff Baker about his mechanics. He’s been doing this for a long time, and he knows how to hit a baseball. You probably talk to him more about the approach. He worked with guys on different things and what they thought they needed.”
— Carrie Muskat