From the Wire … Jamie Quirk Tabbed as Sveum’s Bench Coach

Dale Sveum’s coaching staff is coming into focus … According to multiple reports, Jamie Quirk will soon be named Dale Sveum’s bench coach. Quirk has been the Astros’ bullpen coach since 2010 after being a scout in the Reds’ organization in 2009.

Jamie Quirk was bench coach under Clint Hurdle in Colorado from 2003-2008 and played 18 years in the Major Leagues.

Jamie Quirk joins Rudy Jaramillo as the only two confirmed coaches on Sveum’s staff. Chris Bosio remains the favorite to be named the Cubs’ new pitching coach. Pat Listach and Lester Strode are expected to remain with the Cubs for the final year of their contracts.

Rudy Jaramillo, Pat Listach and Lester Strode are under contract for one more season.

The Cubs are expected to officially announce Dale Sveum’s coaching staff this week … and rumors have suggested Craig Counsell could be on Sveum’s staff if he decides to retire.

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  • quirky one

    It certainly wouldn’t be the first time the Cubs have a quirk in their coaching staff.

  • Neil

    According to Phil Rogers of the Tribune, Greg Maddux is leaving the Cubs and may join the Rangers organization

    • J Daniel

      Not a shock but what was his role with the Cubs, really, other than collecting a check and being a name?  I am sure he was not in Chicago much evaluating the club?

      Thanks, Neil, for all of your work and posts!

  • Neil

    Hoyer was just on XM, will have more later. One quote: Having a ton of conversations with teams and agents could be a busy week ahead. The urgency of the Winter Meetings is real.

  • cubtex

    Unfortunately I think the definition of “changing the culture at Wrigley” means getting rid of all former Cub players. Really? Jamie Quirk? Astros bullpen coach in 2010. You think that maybe he could have given a former Cub player that role? Davey Lopes? Jody Davis? Bob Dernier? Ryne Sandberg? 

    • ldsteam2001

      He was bench coach for Clint Hurdle in Colorado from 2003-2008.  He has the experience. And he was a catcher for 18 seasons or something.

      • Ripsnorter1

        I noticed that he was never more than a part time player. His career high was 26 RBI in a season. In 1987, when he got the most playing time of his career, he was 4th in most SBs allowed with 76. (That’s in 88 games as catcher, 79 of them starts).

        But his playing career has little to do with his managing or coaching success; just look at Tony LaRussa.

        • John_CC

          So your point is ????

        • J Daniel

          Your part time players are usually your better managers and coaches, they see the game in a different way.

    • John_CC

      Because he coached one year on a crappy team erases all the other stuff? Davey Lopes should be the coach because??? Bob Dernier because he was the bench coach of an awful Cubs team?? O, and is an ex-Cub??

      They do not need ex-Cub players around to coach just because they are ex-Cubs. I don’t care at all about all this “they understand the culture” crap. I say fortunately the definition of changing the culture actually means changing the culture!

      • paulcatanese

        Ah, but Davey Lopes has a mustache.

      • Scott

        He played on a couple World Series winners and was the bench coach for the Rockies in the World Series. Not many ex-Cubs have that on the resume.  

    • John_CC

      …and I know you don’t actually believe that Ryno would accept a bench coach position at this point.

      • cubtex

        I shouldn’t have attacked Quirk with that comment. I apologize. He is probably qualified but I just don’t like the fact that Maddux and others are being chased off.

        • cubtex

          Make Soriano Bench Coach and save some salary instead of paying  Quirk :) Cub Culture!!!!

          • Chadaudio

            We should see if he can pitch too. :)

        • Tony_Hall

          Who says they are chasing Maddux or anyone else off?  When Mike was in consideration for the Cubs manager’s job, Mike and Greg obviously talked about working together, and now the opportunity has presented itself in Texas, alot closer to his Las Vegas home.

          Congrats to the Maddux brothers on getting to work for the same organization.

        • J Daniel

          They are not being chased off and if they are so what.  What have most of them won?  Greg obviously won and was great – but come on?  Special assistant to the GM?

          • Brp921

            So what? I have got to say that Greg Maddux didn’t contribute much yet. He made it clear that he wouldn’t have much involvement in baseball until his son finished school in a couple of years. It seems to me though that cubtex is right about Theo not wanting anyone who’s an ex-cub around. At this point I don’t think Mike Maddux was ever in the picture. I think Sveum was Theo’s choice before he ever came here and all the interviews were just eye candy. I’m willing to give Theo a chance to be successful here and hope that he will be. But it seems to me that some contributers on this site are blindly following Theo Epstein like he is the pied piper of baseball. “Theo say’s he’s not the guy, so he’s not the guy.” I think it is a mistake to not forge relationships for the future, with some of the ex-cubs like Sandberg and Maddux. My gosh, whats next, are we going to put out a petition to keep Ron Santo out of the Hall of Fame? 

      • Brp921

        I don’t know if Ryno would accept the job as bench coach or not, but I think he would do a great job and be a nice addition to the team.