Cubs Set Coaching Staff … Hire David Bell, Remove Interim Tag from James Rowson

The Cubs announced two changes to their coaching staff on Tuesday morning. The Cubs hired David Bell to be the team’s third base coach next season and removed the interim tag from hitting coach James Rowson.

James Rowson replaced Rudy Jaramillo on an interim basis on June 12 and finished the season as the team’s hitting coach. Following the last game of the year, the Cubs did not name Rowson as the permanent hitting coach but said he was in the running for the full-time position. The Cubs were rumored to have interest in Dave Magadan but he took the hitting coach position with the Rangers.

David Bell will take over third base coaching duties for Pat Listach. Bell has been in the Reds’ organization for the last four years and served as the Louisville Bats (Triple-A) manager this past season.

The Cubs also announced that Mark O’Neal has stepped down from his position as head trainer but will remain with the organization.

With David Bell aboard and James Rowson getting the full-time job as the Cubs hitting coach, Dale Sveum’s staff is set for next season.

Chris Bosio will return as pitching coach, same for bench coach Jamie Quirk. Dave McKay will coach first with Lester Strode serving as bullpen coach. Mike Borzello and Franklin Font are also expected to return for the 2013 season.

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  • paulcatanese

    Noticed that Baez had two errors at third base today, I will say one thing, he is consistant no matter where he plays:)

    • cc002600

      That’s 9 total now.

      I thought he was decent fielder ?

      • paulcatanese

        I think it may come down to a bigger glove and an outfield spot in the end. His bat may carry him all the way to the top, but his glove may really be putting him on the slow boat to the bigs, and there is no doubt, the Cubs need right handed bats that can hit for the long ball.

    • paulcatanese

      Reply by Paul to dislikes, too bad guys, where has Baez proven, anywhere that he can use a glove? He can hit, and so far, thats it, period.

  • Neil

    The Cubs also announced Tuesday that Randy Bush signed a
    three-year contract extension

  • cc002600

    what a shame – Ozzie got canned.
    Gee, I feel horrible.
    I knew that no one would put up with that mouth other than the Sox. He’ll never manage again. He got what he deserved.

    (and yes, before everyone makes the point, I know he will be getting paid for the next 3 years, regardless)

  • SuzyS

    The Randy Bush extension is actually a bit of a surprise when you think of an entirely new management team being put in place.
    Without my really knowing Bush…(although I’ve been aware of his pedigree to the JH administration), it bespeaks highly of him and the regard Theo et al must have for him.
    Congratulations to Randy.

  • Jim Canavan

    I guess Bush and wilken survive.

  • RynoTiger

    I saw this on mlbtraderumors:
    The Twins also aren’t convinced that Trevor Plouffe, who cracked 24 homers in 2012, is the answer at third base, but it sounds like that situation has taken a backseat to improving the rotation.
    He hit 24 hrs and drove in 55 runs..his BA and OBP were low, but perhaps they could consider a trade..the Twins should play hardball and demande Luis V as the return and to sweeten the pot let’s throw in Germano. :)

  • SuzyS
  • Cubtex

    The pieces are in place

  • Cubtex

    Panda! Wow!