Results tagged ‘ Jamie Quirk ’

9/7 Fighting spirit

Major League Baseball has yet to issue any penalties to Cubs bench coach Jamie Quirk, catcher Steve Clevenger or pitcher Manuel Corpas, who were ejected from Thursday’s game against the Nationals in a wild fifth inning. Quirk was ejected first after a shouting match with Nationals third base coach Bo Porter that appeared to be prompted by Jayson Werth swinging at a 3-0 pitch when his team had a five-run lead. Clevenger and Corpas were tossed following a bench-clearing fracas on the field after Cubs pitcher Lendy Castillo threw inside to Bryan Harper.

Sometimes, a little dust up is a good thing.

“I’ve seen it happen before,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. “It usually actually works for the better. You don’t want things like that to happen but it’s part of the game. Usually in 162 games, something like that will happen. A lot of times in my career, that has rallied a team together and the team starts playing better.”

Sveum remembers at least two brawls doing just that — one while he was with the Brewers and another when he was with the Red Sox. Did Sveum feel Werth violated one of baseball’s unwritten rules in his at-bat?

“I didn’t think so, no,” Sveum said. “It was the fifth inning. I don’t expect my team to stop playing in the fifth inning. I didn’t have any problem with anything they did.”

– Carrie Muskat

5/23 The perfect ending

It seemed as if Kerry Wood’s final appearance was perfectly scripted but Cubs bench coach Jamie Quirk said the right-hander almost went longer in the game rather than the drama of striking out one batter and exiting. Quirk, manager Dale Sveum and the other coaches had talked about Wood’s request to have one more appearance before retiring. They weren’t sure exactly when it would happen. What complicated things a little was that Sveum was ejected in the fifth, which meant the final decision was up to Quirk.

“We knew we wanted to get him in — we didn’t know it would be that day, that weekend,” Quirk said Wednesday. “It was emotional, even for me, and I’ve only been around Kerry for three months. I was literally thinking he would pitch to the two right-handers [Dayan Viciedo and Alex Rios]. [Wood] was due up sixth [in the Cubs eighth]. The worst case scenario is he would pitch to the two right-handers, and I told [pitching coach Chris Bosio] if we don’t get to his spot, I can send him back out and then we can go get him and he can get his ovation.”

Wood struck out Viciedo on three pitches and Rios had poor numbers against left-handed pitchers so Quirk decided to pull Wood at that point and called on left-hander James Russell.

“What better time? He just struck him out, we still had a ballgame,” Quirk said. “I knew I wasn’t hurting our chances to win to bring in Russell to face the right-hander because the right-hander didn’t hit lefties well. I wasn’t putting the game in jeopardy. If it was in jeopardy, I would’ve had [Wood] face the right-hander. It was just right to do it at that time.”

– Carrie Muskat

2/25 Sveum “perfect fit” for Cubs

The Cubs are underdogs in the NL Central this year but very much in the spotlight since Theo Epstein & Co. took over in late October. Their task is to end the 100-plus year old drought since the team last won a World Series in 1908. Look at the lineup, and there isn’t much star power but manager Dale Sveum has made it clear this is a building year, not a rebuilding year. Can he handle all the attention that comes with being in a big market?

“Actually, I think he’s perfect for it,” Cubs bench coach Jamie Quirk said. “He’s not an ego guy. He’s a baseball guy, and you ask him a question and you’re going to get an answer. He’s not trying to give you the right answer, it’s just the answer.

“I think the market fits perfect for Dale,” Quirk said. “There’s no nonsense in him and there’s no trying to perceive — he’s not going to try to talk to [the media] so you accept him. He is what he is, and that’s the guy you’re getting.”

– Carrie Muskat 

12/16 Cubs announce coaching staff

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 

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

11/29 Quirk to be Cubs bench coach

Jamie Quirk, who has spent the last two seasons as the Astros bullpen coach, said Tuesday he’s going to join the Cubs as Dale Sveum’s bench coach.

“It’s just a great opportunity,” Quirk said. “When Dale Sveum was interviewing, he asked me if I’d be interested if he gets any of the jobs and he got the Cubs. I talked with Theo [Epstein] and passed that test and called [former Astros GM] Ed [Wade] for permission and all that. I was excited.

“It’s the Cubbies. Who wouldn’t watch that job? They have a very famous tradition in baseball, and it will be nice to be part of turning it around.”

The appeal of the Cubs was one factor, but Quirk is eager for a chance to get back on the bench and stay more involved in the game. Most of the work he did during the season as bullpen coach was done in pre-game meetings, and he worked in the bullpen during games.

“Pretty much, once the game started I was out of it,” Quirk said. “I was looking forward to the opportunity to get back in the dugout and having more one-on-one with the manager and feeling like you’re actually helping rather than sitting back and watching. I’ve done it many years before, and I kind of missed it.”

Quirk, 57, joined the Astros two years ago after working as a professional scout in 2009. Prior to that, he had served as bench coach for the Rockies for six years (2003-08) under then-manager Clint Hurdle. He began his Major League coaching career in 1994 as bullpen coach for the Royals and later served as bench coach.

– Carrie Muskat

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