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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