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Cubs bench coach Alan Trammell was expected to join Kirk Gibson’s staff on the Diamondbacks in a similar capacity. Gibson also was adding former Cubs manager Don Baylor as hitting coach. Trammell, 52, would replace Bo Porter, who was dismissed at the end of this season. Gibson was Trammell’s bench coach in Detroit when he managed the Tigers from 2003-05. Trammell has been the Cubs’ bench coach since 2007 when Lou Piniella took over.
The Cubs have yet to announce manager Mike Quade’s staff. Pitching coach Larry Rothschild did exercise his option to return and hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo was expected back after signing a three-year deal in October 2009.
– Carrie Muskat
Cubs bench coach Alan Trammell awoke to the news that his former teammate, Kirk Gibson, was the new manager for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
“He’s wants to do this,” Trammell said of Gibson, who takes over for A.J. Hinch. “Hopefully, it works out well for him. There’s a lot on his plate. He gets to sit on that seat — and I’m smiling, I know. Any manager who has ever done it before knows it’s totally different when you’re the man in charge.
“That being said, I don’t know anybody I’ve been around, played with, coached with, who has more energy or the intensity level that he brings, which I think is good,” Trammell said. “I do believe he’s prepared now. He’s coached long enough that he’s prepared. There’s a lot going on but he’s not afraid to make decisions. That’s one thing he’s very good at. I wish him the best of luck — except for next week when we play them.”
Trammell and the Cubs face the D-backs for a three-game series starting Monday in Phoenix.
– Carrie Muskat