Results tagged ‘ Bill Buckner ’

9/12 Minor League report

Cubs Minor League organization leaders for 2012:

Pitching:

ERA: Tayler Scott, Boise, 2.52 (20 earned runs/71 1/3 IP)

Wins: Nick Struck, Iowa, 14

Saves: Frank Batista, Tennessee, 24

Strikeouts: Nick Struck, Iowa, 123

Batting:

Average: Stephen Bruno, Boise, .361

Home runs: Anthony Rizzo, Iowa, 23

RBI: Justin Bour, Tennessee, 110

Stolen bases: John Andreoli, Daytona, 55

* Bruno credits Boise hitting coach Bill Buckner for getting him on track. Buckner suggested the infielder back off the plate a little bit, and it worked as he finished with the top average in the Northwest League.

“He helped me out tremendously,” Bruno told the Idaho Stateman about Buckner. “He helped me out with the mental side of the game. He really emphasized getting a pitch to hit and a pitch to drive. If I didn’t get that one pitch, don’t be afraid to take a walk. He emphasized getting on base and really getting a good swing and that quality at-bats were the most important thing.”

Boise was the best offensive team in the NW League, leading in runs, hits, doubles, triples, home runs, slugging percentage and batting average.

“They’re young and enthusiastic and want to learn and they really work hard, probably too hard,” Buckner told the Statesman. “At this level, you can make a difference. Getting them over the hump, getting them going — I enjoyed it.”

– Carrie Muskat

12/30 Buckner new Boise hitting coach

Bill Buckner is back with the Cubs. Buckner, 62, was named the Class A Boise hitting coach on Friday. He returned to coaching last season as the manager of the Brockton Rox, leading the team to a 51-42 record in the independent CanAm League. Buckner replaces Desi Wilson, who was named the hitting coach for the Cubs’ Class A Daytona team.

Buckner rejoins the Cubs for the first time since playing for the big league team from 1977-84. He won the 1980 National League batting crown and earned a spot in the 1981 All-Star Game. A 22-year veteran, he was the White Sox’s hitting coach in 1996 and ’97, and also was a hitting coach in the Blue Jays Minor League system. Buckner played for the Dodgers, Cubs, Red Sox, Angels, and Royals, hitting .289 with 174 career home runs and 1,208 RBIs. He played in two World Series: 1974 with the Dodgers and 1986 with the Red Sox.

– Carrie Muskat

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