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For 16 seasons, Dave McKay wore Cardinal red and was the first base coach for Tony La Russa. He has won two World Championships with St. Louis, but on Friday, McKay returns to the city wearing Cubs blue. McKay is now on Dale Sveum’s coaching staff and players have raved about his expertise and coaching. Friday will be the Cardinals home opener and they will raise a banner celebrating the World Series win. On Saturday, the players will be presented with their rings.
It will be weird for McKay, 62, to not be wearing red.
“Most people say, ‘Oh, it’s just another game,’ but it isn’t,” McKay said. “It’s the Cardinals and the Cubs and I’m with the Cubs now. I’m looking forward to it. I hope we put on a good show. I gave them everything I had for 16 years but that’s baseball. Now I’m with the Cubs, and I’m going to give them everything I got.”
He will take part in the ring ceremony. La Russa made a point of inviting McKay.
“You’ll see a lot of red and one blue,” McKay said of the players on the field.
He’s eager to win a ring with the Cubs.
“I hope we can do some good things over here now,” he said.
– Carrie Muskat
Alfonso Soriano isn’t going to challenge for a Gold Glove but he has looked like a different player in left field. Soriano credits coach Dave McKay with his suggestions and positioning.
“He’s been working his butt off every single day trying to get better on hitting and defense,” Dale Sveum said. “He’s been doing a great job. The legs aren’t going to allow him to do a lot of things, the speed, but as long as he catches what he’s supposed to and throws to the right bases, that’s all anybody can ask for. He’s in there for his bat and Dave’s done a great job with him, working with him and positioning him and making sure nothing gets over his head and he’s deeper and we keep slugging percentage down to make teams get two or three hits instead of one hit.”
Soriano made a nice catch of Aramis Ramirez’s fly ball at the wall in the second inning Tuesday night and a good running catch of Adam LaRoche’s fly ball on Sunday. McKay says he doesn’t have to ask Soriano if he wants to do any extra work. The outfielder usually seeks out the coach during batting practice.
Sveum was going to give the 36-year-old outfielder a day off Wednesday after Tuesday’s night game but Soriano was ready to go.
“I talked to him about it and he said his legs are feeling great and he said, ‘I want to play,’” Sveum said. “It’s still early in the season and too early to be worried about guys being tired.”
– Carrie Muskat
The Cubs Caravan will stop Jan. 12 in Peoria, Ill., and Brett Jackson, Josh Vitters, Matt Sczcur, Tony Campana, Chris Carpenter and Casey Coleman were expected to take part. New Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio, bench coach Jamie Quirk, first base coach Dave McKay, scouting director Joe Bohringer and assistant GM Shiraz Rehman also were scheduled to attend. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m., and an autograph and photo session will run from 4:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Peoria RiverPlex. Tickets are $15 and include the autograph/photo session, beer, soda, hot dogs, chips and cookies. Tickets will not be sold at the door. You can purchase them at the Peoria Chiefs’ offices at O’Brien Field.
– Carrie Muskat
Bench coach Jamie Quirk, pitching coach Chris Bosio and former Cardinals first base coach Dave McKay will join Cubs manager Dale Sveum’s coaching staff, the team announced Friday. Quirk, Bosio and McKay will join hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo, third base coach Pat Listach and bullpen coach Lester Strode, who are holdovers from Mike Quade’s staff. Quade was dismissed after a 71-91 season, and Sveum was named the Cubs’ 52nd manager on Nov. 18.
Mike Borzello and Franklin Font also will serve as Major League staff assistants. Borzello will work with the catchers and be involved in advanced scouting while Font, who was the Cubs’ Minor League infield coordinator, will assist Jaramillo.
Bosio, 48, begins his third stint as a big league pitching coach, previously coaching in the Majors for the Rays in 2003 and the Brewers in 2009. He became the Brewers advance scout following the 2009 season and remained in that role until being named pitching coach for Triple-A Nashville in 201.
Quirk, 57, joins the Cubs with 18 years of Major League coaching experience with three organizations, including 12 seasons as a big league bench coach with the Royals (1996-2001) and Rockies (2003-08). The former big league catcher played for eight teams during his 18-year Major League career (1975-92) and was a member of the 1985 World Champion Royals. Overall, Quirk batted .240 with 43 home runs and 247 RBI in 984 big league games.
McKay, 61, joins the Cubs after spending the last 16 seasons as the Cardinals’ first base coach. The 2012 season will be McKay’s 27th season as a big league coach. He has been a member of three World Champion staffs: 1989 in Oakland as well as 2006 and 2011 in St. Louis.
Jaramillo, 61, enters his third season with the Cubs, and 18th straight at the Major League level as a hitting coach. Listach, 44, was Quade’s bench coach last season, while Strode, 53, enters his 24th season in the Cubs organization and sixth at the Major League level on the coaching staff.
Borzello, 41, joins the Cubs with 16 years of experience with Major League clubs. He spent the last four seasons with the Dodgers as their bullpen catcher, a stint that followed 12 years in the Yankees organization starting in 1996.
Font, 34, returns for his 18th season in the Cubs organization, his first at the Major League level. He spent the last three years as the Cubs Minor League infield coordinator.
– Carrie Muskat