12/3 Hinske joins Cubs

Eric Hinske was the Cubs’ 17th round pick in the 1998 First-Year Player Draft but never got to play for the team. In March 2001, he was dealt to the Athletics for Miguel Cairo. On Tuesday, Cubs manager Rick Renteria completed his coaching staff by naming Hinske as the first base coach.

This will be Hinske’s first coaching stint. He wrapped up a 12-year Major League career last season that included 2002 American League Rookie of the Year honors with the Blue Jays and three-straight World Series appearances, bookended by championships with the Red Sox in 2007 and the Yankees in 2009. Hinske, 36, played 1,387 Major League games with the Blue Jays (2002-06), Red Sox (2006-07), Rays (2008), Pirates (2009), Yankees (2009), Braves (2010-12) and Diamondbacks (2013). He finished his career with a .249 batting average.

Hinske joins pitching Chris Bosio, bench coach Brandon Hyde, third base coach Gary Jones, hitting coach Bill Mueller, bullpen coach Lester Strode, catching coach Mike Borzello, assistant hitting coach Mike Brumley and staff assistant Franklin Font on Renteria’s staff.

– Carrie Muskat

6 Comments

I feel so behind in the discussions! Oh my goodness! :( But I still try to get on he internet whenever I can. Thank you Carrie for not forgetting about me still. I just hope I get my Internet back soon so I can connect back to the world I love <3. But wish me luck, I have so much school work coming to me now. I hope I can come back soon, I'll be popping in and out. Haha

~Darwin Barney's #1 fan ;) <3

Don’t you worry, Isabel – Barney will be just fine. I bet you he will get his batting average back with the help of the new batting coach! You are his best #1 fan!

I always look forward to your comments, Isabel. All the best.

Thank you Carrie. That means a lot :)

Alot of action going on today. Signings, trades and lots of rumors.

Actually kinda happy the Cubs are staying quiet. Might as well let the dust settle, wait until after the Rule IV Draft.

Then see what is needed to shore up a hole here & there. Also, after everyone finds a home, there will be other teams that need that starting pitcher or OF.

Looks like Ellsbury got a sweet deal with the Yankees. I remember when he played at Oregon State.

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