Cubs Name Minor League Managers and Coaches

The Chicago Cubs announced their minor league managers and coaches last Thursday. Ryne Sandberg, who was promoted to Triple-A earlier in the month, will have Mike Mason and Von Joshua on his staff in Iowa.

Von Joshua replaced Gerald Perry, who is now in the Red Sox organization, as the Cubs hitting coach last year. After the final game of the year, Jim Hendry announced that Lou Piniella’s staff would return for the 2010 campaign … with the exception of Von Joshua. The Cubs hired Rudy Jaramillo not long after and Joshua agreed to stay in the organization.

After serving as the organization’s minor league catching coordinator for a season, Jody Davis will return to the dugout in 2010 as the manager of the Boise Hawks.

Another former Cub, Jeff Fassero will serve as Davis’ pitching coach.

Bill Dancy will replace Ryne Sandberg as the manager of the Tennessee Smokies. Dancy was in the Phillies’ organization from 1978 to 2008 and spent 2009 in the Kansas City Royals’ organization. Dancy made it to the big leagues in 2005 and spent two years as the Phillies’ third base coach. Dennis Lewallyn and Tom Beyers will remain in Double-A … both Lewallyn and Beyers were on Sandberg’s staff in 2009.

Here’s the full list of the Cubs’ minor league staff for each level in the organization:

Iowa Cubs Coaching Staff

  • Ryne Sandberg – Manager
  • Mike Mason – Pitching Coach
  • Von Joshua – Hitting Coach

Tennessee Smokies Coaching Staff

  • Bill Dancy – 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

  • Casey Kopitzke – Manager
  • David Rosario – Pitching Coach
  • Barbaro Garbey – Hitting Coach

Boise Hawks Coaching Staff

  • Jody Davis – Manager
  • Jeff Fassero – Pitching Coach
  • Ricardo Medina – Hitting Coach

Mesa Cubs Coaching Staff

  • Juan Cabreja – Manager
  • Rick Tronerud – Pitching Coach
  • Desi Wilson – Hitting Coach

Minor League Coordinators

  • Dave Bialas – Field Coordinator
  • Franklin Font – Infield Coordinator
  • Marty Pevey – Catching Coordinator
  • Bobby Dernier – Outfield and Baserunning Coordinator
  • Dave Keller – Hitting Coordinator
  • Carmelo Martinez – Latin American Field Coordinator
  • Mark Riggins – Pitching Coordinator

(Note: This report was written on Thursday, 12/17 proir to the trade of Milton Bradley)

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