Sveum Asked Chris Bosio to be Cubs Pitching Coach

As reported on Wednesday, Dale Sveum has spoken with former teammate Chris Bosio about becoming the Cubs’ new pitching coach. According to a report from the Tribune, Sveum has asked Bosio to take the position replacing Mark Riggins.

Dale Sveum and Chris Bosio were teammates from 1986-1991 and both were coaches on the Brewers’ staff in 2009. Bosio served as the Brewers interim pitching coach to finish out the 2009 campaign.

Chris Bosio has been in the Brewers’ organization serving as a scout until last June when he took over as the pitching coach for the Nashville Sounds, Milwaukee’s Triple-A affiliate. Bosio was the pitching coach for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays under Lou Piniella in 2003.

According to the Tribune, Chris Bosio is the only member of the Brewers’ organization the Cubs have asked permission to talk to about their coaching vacancies. Bruce Levine mentioned on Tuesday that he had heard Ed Sedar, Brewers’ third base coach, was also a possibility to join Sveum’s staff.

Chris Bosio pitched for two different teams over 11 big league seasons … Brewers from 1986-1991 and the Mariners from 1993-1996. Bosio tossed a no-hitter with the Mariners on April 22, 1993 against the Boston Red Sox. Bosio retired in 1997 and began his coaching career with the Mariners. Bosio was a special assignment pitching coach before becoming pitching coach for Tacoma (Triple-A) in 2001.

From 2004-05, Bosio was assistant pitching coach at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. From 2006-07, Bosio was the pitching coach then interim manager for Lawrence University.

According to the Tribune, if Craig Counsell decides to retire, Dale Sveum is likely to ask Counsell to join his staff. The Brewers have also spoken to Counsell about a non-playing role with their organization.

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  • Ripken Boy

    Great news, anybody but Riggs

    • Cubluv

      With you on that but don’t know much on bosio after baseball

  • Anthony

    Met Bosio, solid instructor, cool dude.

    Solid choice

    • paulcatanese

      Also like Counsell, obviously loves the game.

  • John_CC

    Didn’t Counsel set the record last season for most plate appearances without getting on base? If he didn’t set the record he came damn close. Doesn’t mean he can’t coach. But he should probably retire.

    • paulcatanese

       If you are not correct,you are darn close, it was quite a few games. Watching him was painful, he couldnt steal a hit, quite a few on the screws but right at someone. 

      • Coolpdxcubsfan

        If you can imagine it, his BA was like .178 or something like that, and you are right, it was really painful to watch. I remember him well from those Diamondback years, a class act and a real journeyman. I cannot believe that he won’t retire now. Given his work ethics and character I think he would be a great coach.

  • Ripsnorter1

    This might be an alright pick. My biggest concerns are as follows:

    1. He has only 1 full season of ML experience as a pitching coach (2003 with Lou, and that was an awful season–63-99 record with a staff ERA of 4.93–and that in a park that favors the pitchers). He quit ML baseball after that season for family health reasons.

    2. The Brewers, who are not known for their quality pitching staffs, did not deem him a keeper. Like Dale Sveum, Bosio was an interim pitching coach in that 2009 season from August 17-September, and then dismissed after the season.

     3. Most of his experience is as an advance scout.

    4. His greatest qualification may simply be that he is good buddies with Mr. Dale Sveum. 

    Bosio has spent some time as a roving pitching instructor. He did have two seasons as a MiL pitching coach that did produce successful ERAs for his staffs (2009 with Nashville Sounds, and 2001 with Mariners AAA team in Tacoma).

    This is a great chance to prove he can be a Don Cooper or a Dave Duncan. And I’d love to see it.

    • Tom U

      Don’t discount the buddy factor. Tony LaRussa and Dave Duncan were buddies in the Oakland system before they became coaches. 

      • Ripsnorter1

        Yes, the buddy factor is fine IF**IF**the buddy is qualified to coach. 

        That has yet to be fully proved in the case of Bosio. 
        Take a look at Bosio’s record–he can’t keep a pitching coach’s job. Everytime he gets one, he is moved to manager or he quits. Wierd, to say the least. We shall see…..

  • John G

    Sure wouldn’t want Counsell for a batting coach. I remember when he held his bat so high in the air it shoulda had red and white stripes and a flashing red light on it. Everyone knows you lose bat speed when you get older. The pitcher could have thrown all three strikes before he got that bat down and in to position.

    • paulcatanese

      Yes John he was slighty unorthodox, I dont think I saw anyone else that had even close to that stance except maybe Musial, but then it was half as much and with much better results.

  • Brp921

    Sveum has to be able to bring in his own people, just like with Theo. If it doesn’t work out though, he carries the responsibility, just like with Theo.

  • studio179

    Glad the Royals beat out the Cubs on Chen. Thank you, Dayton.