Results tagged ‘ Jody Davis ’

7/29 Smith, Davis to lead Wrigley tours

Want to see Wrigley Field from Lee Smith’s point of view? How about Jody Davis? The two former Cubs will take part in VIP Living Legend Tours of Wrigley Field, starting next week. Smith, the former Cubs closer, will be giving a VIP Living Legend Tour Aug. 2 and Aug. 4, while Davis, the former catcher, will lead fans around Wrigley on Aug. 8.

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— Carrie Muskat


9/21 7th inning stretch

Blues legend Buddy Guy will lead the Wrigley Field crowd in the seventh inning stretch on Wednesday for the Cubs-Giants game. On Thursday, it will be Bears defensive tackle Israel Idonije. Former Cubs catcher Jody Davis will do the honors Friday and actor James Denton of “Desperate Housewives” on Saturday. In the home finale on Sunday, the Wrigley Field grounds crew will lead the crowd in “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”

— Carrie Muskat

8/9 Minor matters

Micah Hoffpauir had four hits including his 20th home run and drove in three runs to lead Iowa to a 9-6 victory over Portland on Sunday. Hoffpauir extended his hitting streak to a PCL-high 17 games. He’s batting .414 in that stretch with 24 RBIs. Matt Camp hit his first homer of the season and Chris Robinson drove in three runs.

Chris Rusin gave up two runs on eight hits over six innings in Tennessee’s 13-3 win over Huntsville. Rusin struck out four and got plenty of help as Brandon Guyer, Brett Jackson and Tony Thomas each homered. Guyer had three hits and three RBIs, Thomas had two hits and three RBIs, and Jackson had two hits and one RBI.

Daytona had Sunday off.

Ryan Searle threw 6 2/3 shutout innings to help Peoria beat Quad Cities, 4-0. Searle struck out eight and gave up three hits. Brandon May had two hits and scored a run.

Dustin Fitzgerald gave up six runs on nine hits in two innings in Boise’s 15-4 loss to
Everett. Ryan Cuneo hit his first home run and Alvaro Ramirez extended his hitting streak to 12 games. Boise manager Jody Davis was suspended for six games by the Northwest League for refusing to send his players back on the field after a rain delay Saturday. Hitting coach Ricardo Medina is filling in as interim manager.

Luis Liria gave up one run on three hits over five innings in Mesa’s 10-2 win over the Padres. Mesa totaled 14 hits, including three by Pin-Chieh Chen.

— Carrie Muskat

8/8 Minor matters

Darwin Barney had three hits and two RBIs to help Iowa beat Tacoma, 7-3. With the win, the Iowa Cubs expanded their lead in the Northern Division to 4 1/2 games. Austin Bibens-Dirkx gave up three runs on five hits over six innings, striking out five. He’s 4-0 with a 2.52 ERA. Micah Hoffpauir extended his hitting streak to 16 games and is batting .379 in that stretch.

Chris Carpenter threw six shutout innings in Tennessee’s 9-2 win over Huntsville. He struck out eight and gave up three hits, walking two. Tony Campana had two hits and one RBI and Tony Thomas and Carpenter each drove in two runs.

Mark Reed hit his second homer but it wasn’t enough as Jupiter rallied to beat Daytona, 4-2. DJ LeMahieu extended his hitting streak to 10 games with two hits and was batting .419 in that stretch. Brooks Raley did not get a decision, but gave up one run on five hits over 6 2/3 innings.

Newly acquired Brett Wallach gave up seven runs — four earned — on three hits and four walks over 3 1/3 innings in Peoria’s 9-8 loss to Quad Cities. Wallach was one of two Minor League pitchers the Cubs acquired from the Dodgers in the Ted Lilly-Ryan Theriot-Blake DeWitt deal. Jae-Hoon Ha and Mario Mercedes each had two hits and two RBIs.

Boise forfeited its game against Everett. The game was delayed 80 minutes at the beginning and the Hawks were trailing 2-0 after one inning. Boise manager Jody Davis met with home plate umpire Matt Mullins and after a long discussion, pulled his players off the field. Professional baseball rules declare a 9-0 win for the winner in the event of a forfeit.

Dallas Beeler gave up one run on three hits over three innings in Mesa’s 2-1 loss to the Brewers. Pin-Chieh Chen had two hits and Tzu-An Wang threw two scoreless innings of relief.

— Carrie Muskat

12/17 Minor matters

The Cubs named their Minor League coaching staffs on Thursday. Ryne Sandberg was promoted to Triple-A Iowa, Bill Dancy takes over at Double-A Tennessee, and former big league catcher Jody Davis returns to managing in Boise where he’ll be joined by Jeff Fassero.

Sandberg, the Hall of Fame second baseman who led Tennessee to the Southern League championship in 2009, was moved up when Iowa manager Bobby Dickerson left to join the Baltimore Orioles’ organization. Sandberg will be joined at Iowa by pitching coach Mike Mason and hitting coach Von Joshua.

Dancy joins the Cubs after spending the past 30 years within the Philadelphia Phillies (1978-2009) and Kansas City Royals (2009) organizations. In 2005-06, he was the Phillies’ third base coach. Dennis Lewallyn will join Dancy as the Smokies pitching coach and Tom Beyers as the hitting coach.

Davis, who managed Peoria and Daytona, spent the 2009 season as the Cubs’ Minor League catching instructor and returns to the dugout for Class A Boise. Ricardo Medina, who previously coached with the Dominican Summer League, will serve as Boise’s hitting coach.

Davis, who was the Cubs catcher from 1981-1988, will be joined by former big league pitcher Fassero, who helped with the Cubs this summer in Mesa. Being retired was nice but the left-hander wanted to do more.

“I played golf,” Fassero told me in October, “but you can only do that for so long.”

Dave Bialas and Mark Riggins both return to the Cubs in 2010 as the Minor League field coordinator and pitching coordinator, respectively. So does ex-Cub Bobby Dernier, back as the outfield and baserunning coordinator. Infield coordinator Franklin Font and hitting coordinator Dave Keller also return. Carmelo Martinez enters his 13th season with the Cubs, and third as Latin American field coordinator, and Marty Pevey takes over as catching coordinator.

Buddy Bailey, who has been with the Cubs since 2006, will return to Class A Daytona and be joined by pitching coach Tom Pratt and former big league outfielder Richie Zisk. Casey Kopitzke, who managed at Class A Boise in 2009, will move up to Peoria in 2010. David Rosario and Barbaro Garbey will join Kopitzke as the pitching and hitting coaches, respectively.

Juan Cabreja will be the Rookie League Mesa manager for the second straight year and Rick Tronerud returns to handle pitching coach duties for the 10th consecutive season. Desi Wilson joins the staff as the hitting coach after handling those duties for Peoria last year.

— Carrie Muskat

8/3 Ironman Hill

Koyie Hill is just the seventh Cubs catcher in the last 50 seasons to have started at least 20 consecutive games in one season behind the plate. Randy Hundley had at least one 40-game streak every season from 1967 to 1970, including a 79-game stretch from April 15-July 8, 1967. Besides Hundley, the list includes George Mitterwald, Tim Blackwell, Barry Foote, Jody Davis, and Damon Berryhill. Thanks to Ed Hartig for the research.

— Carrie Muskat


All-Star memories

Leading up to Tuesday’s All-Star Game in St. Louis, Cubs TV broadcaster Bob Brenly was asked about his experience in the 1984 mid-summer classic, played at Candlestick Park.

“[NL manager Paul Owen] had a very open mind,” Brenly said. “He took four catchers to the All-Star Game — Gary Carter, Tony Pena, Jody Davis and myself. Statistically, we’d all had good years and all deserved to go. The game was played at Candlestick Park, so I think that played into the fact that I got chosen. I was forever grateful for that. I never thought I’d play a game in the big leagues, let alone get an opportunity to play in an All-Star Game.”

Brenly was the Giants catcher, and he and Chili Davis were the team’s reps that year.

“What I remember,” Brenly said, “was how I went home one day and the names were hung above the lockers of all my [Giants] teammates [in the clubhouse], and I came back the next day [for the All-Star Game] and there’s Dale Murphy and Ryne Sandberg and Ozzie Smith and Gary Carter and Doc Gooden, and I said, ‘Man, this team is a lot better than the one I played on yesterday.’

“It was a great experience. For a lot of the guys on the National League team, it was old hat — they’d gone to a lot of All-Star Games. I felt like a kid in the candy store.”
Brenly did pinch-hit in the sixth inning for Gooden, but struck out. The National League won, 3-1.

“Some of the veterans like Reggie Smith and Darrell Evans said, ‘You’ll never get an ovation louder than at your home park for an All-Star Game,” Brenly said. “It was, and it was really cool.”

— Carrie Muskat