Results tagged ‘ Craig Counsell ’

12/5 Counsell trying to decide re: coaching

Craig Counsell’s agent said the veteran infielder remains undecided about his plan for 2012. At 41, will Counsell return for a 17th Major League season? Or will he begin a new career in th coaching ranks? Agent Barry Meister confirmed that Counsell has spoken with new Cubs manager Dale Sveum but could not say whether the Cubs had a standing offer to join Sveum’s coaching staff. Counsell had a tough year in 2011, batting .178 in 187 plate appearances.

The Cubs have not formally named their coaching staff, but Rudy Jaramillo, Pat Listach and Lester Strode will be back and Chris Bosio will take over as pitching coach with Jamie Quirk as bench coach.

— Carrie Muskat

12/3 Cubs coaching staff

The Cubs will formally announce manager Dale Sveum’s coaching staff next week. So far, Chris Bosio and Jamie Quirk have gotten a head start on the announcements. Quirk will be Sveum’s bench coach while Bosio told his hometown newspaper in Appleton, Wis., on Friday that he will take over as the Cubs pitching coach, replacing Mark Riggins. Hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo will return and bullpen coach Lester Strode also was expected back. Pat Listach, who was the Cubs bench coach, was expected back but in a different role. Sveum is reportedly waiting for Craig Counsell to decide if he is retiring as a player. If so, Counsell could join the Cubs staff, and would be the fifth former Brewer on staff. Jaramillo and Strode are the only ones to not play for Milwaukee.

— Carrie Muskat