Sandberg to Manage the Smokies….and other Coaching Changes

The Cubs announced coaching changes throughout their farm system on Wednesday afternoon. The most notable move was the promotion of Ryne Sandberg from the Peoria Chiefs (Class A) to the Tennessee Smokies (Double-A). Sandberg spent his first two seasons as a manager in the Cubs’ system with the Chiefs.

Jody Davis’ role within the organization also changed on Wednesday. Davis was named the Minor League catching coordinator and will no longer manage the Daytona Cubs. Davis will replace Casey Kopitzke, who was named the manager of the Boise Hawks. Kopitzke was the Cubs’ 27th pick in the 1999 draft.

Here’s a full list of all of the changes made by the Cubs organization on Wednesday….

Iowa Cubs Coaching Staff

  • Bobby Dickerson – Manager
  • Mike Mason – Pitching Coach
  • Von Joshua – Hitting Coach

Tennessee Smokies Coaching Staff

  • Ryne Sandberg – Manager
  • Dennis Lewallyn – Pitching Coach
  • Tom Beyers – Hitting Coach

Daytona Cubs Coaching Staff

  • Buddy Bailey – Manager
  • Tom Pratt – Pitching Coach
  • Richie Zisk – Hitting Coach

Peoria Chiefs Coaching Staff

  • Marty Pevey – Manager
  • Rich Bombrd – Pitching Coach
  • Barbaro Garbey – Hitting Coach

Boise Hawks Coaching Staff

  • Casey Kopitzke – Manager
  • David Rosario – Pitching Coach
  • Desi Wilson – Hitting Coach

Mesa Cubs

  • Juan Cabreja – Manager
  • Rick Tronerud – Pitching Coach
  • Ricardo Medina – Hitting Coach

Minor League Coordinators

  • Dave Bialas – Minor League Field Coordinator
  • Franklin Fort – Infield Coordinator
  • Jody Davis – Minor League Catching Coordinator
  • Bobby Dernier – Outfield and Baserunning Coordinator
  • Dave Keller – Hitting Coordinator
  • Carmelo Martinez – Latin American Field Coordinator
  • Mark Riggins – Pitching Coordinator

Quote of the Day

"Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere." - Albert Einstein