11/10 Rowson returns to Yankees

James Rowson, who took over as the Cubs’ hitting coach in June 2012, has returned to the Yankees to be the Minor League hitting coordinator. Rowson was in the Yankees organization for six seasons, including four as the Minor League hitting coordinator from 2008-11. He left the Yankees to take over as the Cubs Minor League hitting coordinator, and was named interim Major League hitting coach in June 2012, replacing Rudy Jaramillo. Rowson, 37, got the Cubs job full time in 2013.

He’s the second member of Dale Sveum’s 2013 Cubs staff to find a job with another team, joining Dave McKay, who has joined the Diamondbacks as a first base coach. Sveum joined Royals manager Ned Yost’s staff as a coach just a few days after he was dismissed by the Cubs.

The Chicago Tribune first reported Rowson’s return to New York on Saturday, and he confirmed it to MLB.com on Sunday.

— Carrie Muskat


I will miss McKay! The others, not so much! Will Renteria have a say in new hitting coach selection?

Shame Sveum ran off Rudy Jaramillo

When you lose over 190 games in two seasons, it looks like none of the coaches were doing a good job.

Sorry, I disagree, it’s more like none of the PLAYERS were doing good job.

I have to agree for the most part Bob. The saying goes….can’t make a silk purse from a sow’s ear right? Ironic, the most frustrating “coaching” that I noticed last season was SVEUM’S “coaching”. He had quite a few head scratchers if you ask me. Although, a BETTER coaching staff may have been able to improve something in the players. When you have a handful of players that were expected to HIT and they underperform…not a bad thing to let the hitting coach go? But the “good” players step up and perform with little need to DEPEND on coaching.
Looking forward to Renteria and his coaching staff having the opportunity to at least HELP some of our current players figure their hitting out. Appears the NEXT crop of call ups may not DEPEND on a hitting coach as much. Let’s hope.

Easy to blame a few coaches then 25 players.

If McKay believed in this Cubs team, he would have stuck around. But McKay knew the players gave up.

McKay saw no winning attitude with these players.

I for one am not BLAMING a few coaches for the poor performance of the players. I will place blame on the “head coach” Sveum without reservation. And I will say that some coaches ARE able to improve underperforming players. I certainly don’t know if last year’s coaches were those type of coaches or not and surely I think the players are the one’s ultimately accountable for their lack of production. Rizzo and Castro for example may not be as good as advertised or they may have had an “off” year or they may have had improper coaching. I doubt the Wade Boggs and the George Bretts of the world DEPENDED on coaching instruction, utilized it yes, DEPENDED on it….The Cubs by far have no such players as of yet on the roster. Also, not all 25 players were bad…. Did not Bosio do a good job considering the ever changing pitching staff??

Ah, “The Blame Game” — management, coaching, players — = a losing 2013. Let’s move on! The fix is in the works! Looking forward to 2014 with optimism!

I`m just very pleased Dale was replaced. Did not admire his game management decisions. For Doug, upon further review I stand by my original comment that the Oregon loss to Stanford was a major upset. Went back to what the Las Vegas line was the day prior to game being commenced. Ducks were favored by ten and one-half. When a high profile team is favored by double digits, and that club loses outright, it is more than a common garden variety upset.

There seems to be a bigger story here – he left a big league hitting instructor job to be a minor league coordinator. It’s not usually the way coaches like to see their career move is it? Perhaps this is a sign of a bigger dissatisfaction with how the organization is run. Don’t know of course, but it is a curious move.

And Sveum went from manager to coach…oopsies!!

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