Results tagged ‘ Alan Trammell ’

11/1 Listach expected to be bench coach

The Cubs were expected to name Pat Listach as Mike Quade’s bench coach, according to’s Bill Ladson, who cited two baseball sources. Listach, 43, has been the third base coach for the Nationals the last two years and indicated an interest in the Cubs’ managerial position after Lou Piniella retired. Listach managed in the Cubs’ system for four seasons, posting a 258-217 record. In 2008, he led Triple-A Iowa to an 83-59 record and was named the Pacific Coast League’s manager of the year. Listach played six big league seasons from 1992-97, winning the American League Rookie of the Year award in 1992 with the Brewers.

A Cubs official would neither confirm nor deny Listach’s hiring. Major League Baseball asks teams to hold off on making announcements during the World Series, and out of respect for that, the Cubs will not make any announcement regarding the coaching staff until the Series is completed. Even if the Giants win Monday night to end the Series, the Cubs were expected to wait until Wednesday, an official said.

The Cubs had an opening after Alan Trammell left to join Kirk Gibson on the Diamondbacks’ staff.

— Carrie Muskat

10/26 Coaches update

Cubs manager Mike Quade needs a new bench coach and Ryne Sandberg does not appear to be in line for the job. Alan Trammell, who was the bench coach for four years under Lou Piniella, has joined Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson’s staff as bench coach, Arizona announced Tuesday. Trammell joins other former Cubs as Don Baylor was named hitting coach and Eric Young named first base coach. Gibson was Trammell’s bench coach in Detroit when Trammell managed the Tigers from 2003-05.

Quade, given a two-year contract one week ago after a successful six-week term at the end of the 2010 season, was not expected to name the rest of his staff until after the World Series. MLB asks teams to refrain from making any announcements during the series, which gets underway Wednesday in San Francisco between the Giants and Rangers.

Sandberg, one of the finalists for the Cubs manager’s job, was not expected to replace Trammell on the bench and it was not clear what role the Hall of Fame second baseman would have in the organization. That likely will be one of the topics discussed during the Cubs’ organizational meetings, which get underway next week in Arizona.

The majority of the Cubs staff was expected to return in 2011, including pitching coach Larry Rothschild, hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo, bullpen coach Lester Strode, third base coach Ivan DeJesus and first base coach Bob Dernier. Dernier had been the team’s roving baserunning instructor before joining the big league team when Quade took over for Piniella on Aug. 23.

Matt Sinatro, who was a special assistant to the manager and involved with the scouting reports and working with the catchers, was not expected to return in 2011.

— Carrie Muskat

10/26 Trammell to join D-backs

Cubs bench coach Alan Trammell was expected to join Kirk Gibson’s staff on the Diamondbacks in a similar capacity. Gibson also was adding former Cubs manager Don Baylor as hitting coach. Trammell, 52, would replace Bo Porter, who was dismissed at the end of this season. Gibson was Trammell’s bench coach in Detroit when he managed the Tigers from 2003-05. Trammell has been the Cubs’ bench coach since 2007 when Lou Piniella took over.

The Cubs have yet to announce manager Mike Quade’s staff. Pitching coach Larry Rothschild did exercise his option to return and hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo was expected back after signing a three-year deal in October 2009.

— Carrie Muskat

9/4 Castro's red hot numbers

Starlin Castro is batting .393 in his last 13 games with eight doubles and three RBIs. He now has 36 multi-hit games after collecting two on Saturday against the Mets, good for third most among NL rookies. It’s the most by a Cubs rookie since Kosuke Fukudome had 39 multi-hit games in 2008. Castro also is the first Cubs rook to record six consecutive multi-hit games since Don Johnson did so, May 21-28, 1944.

“I don’t believe that,” Castro said when told of the feat.

Cubs manager Mike Quade compared Castro to Miguel Tejada, whom Quade managed in the Minor Leagues. Castro was happy to hear that. Tejada is one of his favorite players.

But Castro was caught inbetween on a double steal by the Mets in the fourth inning Saturday. Coach Alan Trammell was right there to talk to Castro in the dugout after the inning ended. It’s another part of the learning process.

“My first reaction was to throw home,” Castro said, “but I was too late.”

He’ll be back in the lineup Sunday for the series finale vs. the Mets. Two more hits?

“Every day,” Castro said.

— Carrie Muskat

8/23 Colvin at first

When new Cubs manager Mike Quade makes out his lineup Monday night, expect to see Tyler Colvin at first base. Colvin has practiced there since the Cubs dealt Derrek Lee to the Braves on Wednesday. Colvin hasn’t played first since his sophomore year at Clemson, and that was only part time. But infield coach Alan Trammell has been encouraged and Colvin says he feels comfortable there.

— Carrie Muskat

8/12 Good effort, bad execution

The Cubs may have lost Thursday’s game to the Giants in the ninth but the fifth inning was more costly. Aaron Rowand was safe on a throwing error by third baseman Jeff Baker and then stole second, sliding under a missed tag by Starlin Castro who dropped the ball.

“[Pat] Burrell was key for them in this series,” acting Cubs manager Alan Trammell said. “But you cannot give Major League teams extra out. Can’t make a play — can’t make two plays, to be honest.”

One out later, Randy Wells walked two batters to load the bases for Burrell’s grand slam, his 10th homer of the season. It’s the first time Wells has given up three homers in one game.

The problem wasn’t mechanical but mental.

“It’s just a bad game,” Wells said. “Poorly executed and no feeling sorry for yourself. Cut and dry, it’s pitiful.

“I can’t keep putting the team in a hole like that,” he said. “It’s not professional, it’s not acceptable. Just chalk it up to a bad day and move on.”

Trammell turns the Cubs back over to Lou Piniella on Friday when he joins the team in St. Louis to start a three-game series. Since Piniella’s been gone, the Cubs have traded Fontenot and added Micah Hoffpauir plus rookies Marcos Mateo, Welington Castillo and Darwin Barney this week. Barney is the 11th rookie on the 25-man roster and entered as a defensive sub in the ninth.

“I’ll be very glad to see [Piniella],” Trammell said. “He feels like we’re in good hands. Obviously, we haven’t done that well but I think he’s comfortable knowing we did our best and we did.

“The effort level is there,” he said, “but we have to clean some things up. It’s more than just talking — we’ve talked about it. Guys have to go out there and do it. For some reason, this year in particular, we’ve had more than our share of mistakes that have come back to cost us.”

— Carrie Muskat

8/12 Part-time job

Kosuke Fukudome batted third on Thursday for the first time this season. Acting manager Alan Trammell wanted to break up the lefties in the Cubs lineup against Matt Cain. Fukudome hit third last season in 32 games, and batted .259. The outfielder has lost his starting job to Tyler Colvin but entered the game riding a five-game hitting streak.

“I don’t think anybody wants to accept [a part time role] but he sees it and to his credit he goes about his business and he’s ready,” Trammell said. “I’m sure he’s not happy about it but he’s professional and he’s ready to go. I’m sure Lou [Piniella] is aware of that and how much playing time he gets from here on out, I can’t tell you. I do have him in there today. He’s earned that and we’ll see where it goes.”

— Carrie Muskat

8/12 Growing pains for Berg

Rookie Justin Berg threw what Alan Trammell called the pitcher’s “third best pitch” to Pat Burrell in the eighth inning Wednesday night, and Burrell hit a game-winning homer off the curve. What happened?

“It was a pitch I wanted to throw, I guess,” Berg said. “It was supposed to be down in the dirt and I left it up and hung it. If I execute the pitch and it’s in the dirt, it’s a different outcome. If I go with my No. 1 pitch there and try to make him beat me, I guess that would’ve been the smartest thing to do.”

It’s part of the learning process.

“This is definitely a tough place to learn,” Berg said. “I think with a little more practice and more opportunities to get in good counts and throw pitches, it’ll help in the long run.”

Berg said he started throwing a curve when he was sent down to Triple-A Iowa. It should help once he can develop it.

“I like it, it’s a slower pitch and it fills the third spot,” he said. “I thought it was another pitch I’ll develop.”

In time, he will.

— Carrie Muskat

8/10 Hoffpauir & Castillo update

Both Micah Hoffpauir and Welington Castillo arrived Tuesday night in time to take some batting practice with the last group prior to the Cubs game against the Giants. They were called up from Triple-A Iowa to take Derrek Lee’s and Geovany Soto’s spots on the roster. Hoffpauir was starting Tuesday and batting third while Castillo will start Wednesday.

Did Hoffpauir know about the tough assignment against the Giants’ Tim Lincecum?

“I had the trainers text him to let him know,” Cubs acting manager Alan Trammell said.

— Carrie Muskat

8/8 Family matters

Lou Piniella was headed to Tampa, Fla., after Sunday’s game to be with his mother, who was hospitalized. Piniella had missed three games July 31-Aug. 2 to attend his uncle’s funeral in Tampa.

“I’ll be there for the time that’s needed,” Piniella said after Sunday’s loss to the Reds. “Hopefully, I can get her home quick and make some arrangements to make sure everything is good before I come back.”

Bench coach Alan Trammell will take over in Piniella’s absence.

— Carrie Muskat