From the Wire … Cubs Add Rob Deer to Sveum’s Coaching Staff

The Cubs announced the hiring of Rob Deer on Monday. Deer will serve as the team’s assistant hitting coach, a new position on the Cubs’ big league staff. Deer will formally assist hitting coach James Rowson, who was named as the team’s full-time hitting coach in October after taking over for Rudy Jaramillo on an interim basis last June.

Rob Deer previously served as a minor league hitting coach and minor league hitting coordinator in the Padres organization but has been out of baseball for the last four years.

Rob Deer rounds out the Cubs’ coaching staff for next season that includes: Chris Bosio (pitching coach), James Rowson (hitting coach) Jamie Quirk (bench coach), Lester Strode (bullpen coach), David Bell (third base coach), Dave McKay (first base coach), Franklin Font and Mike Borzello.

Rob Deer and Dale Sveum were teammates in Milwaukee (1986-1990) and the 52-year old played 11 seasons in the big leagues from 1984-1993 and 1996 for the Giants, Brewers, Tigers, Red Sox and Padres.

Among Franklin Font’s duties last season was assisting Rudy Jaramillo at the beginning of the season. The Cubs joined teams such as the Cardinals, Padres, Phillies, Braves and Dodgers that employee full-time assistant hitting coaches.

According to a report from Bruce Levine, Rob Deer is already working with the players. Dale Sveum, James Rowson, David Bell and Deer were at the Cubs’ complex in Mesa working on hitting and conditioning with Brett Jackson and Darwin Barney.

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  • Dale

    Leave it the Cubs to hire a guy with a .220 liftime average as asst. hitting coach

    • John_CC

      What was Rudy “the best hitting coach in the MLB” Jaramillo’s lifetime average?

      O right, he never even made it to the show.

      • scoobypop5

        The best teachers are not the best players…….I think the hiring of Rob Deer will prove to be brilliant. James, D Bell and Deer will bring a new energy to this organization. And at least a Brett Jackson can relate to Rob’s career challenge….I see upside all around

    • Tom U

      Before becoming a manager, Jim Frey was a very respected batting coach. While he never made it to “the show” he sports a career .302 average in 14 minor league seasons. He was generally a top ten hitter in whichever league he played in, and 4 times was among the top three hitters.

      • Richard Hood

        After this hire I keep thinking back to what McGwire said when he took over the Cards as a Hitting Instructor. That he didn’t hit for a high average not because he didn’t know how but because he couldn’t hit that way physically.

        It turns out he was a pretty good hitting coach for the Cards with all their young guys coming up.

        Lets give it a chance before we decide it was a helping out a buddy move or something like that.

        • J Daniel

          EXACTLY! Everyone here thinks they would be a really good GM without every playing or coaching the game at a high level? Right? We all have the answers, don’t we.

          Maybe Dale just needs a buddy to have a cocktail with and to be a sounding board? It that is the case, and it helps, who really cares what his title is?

  • Zo

    I thought I was reading that wrong at first. It must be nice to have friends in high places. Maybe he’ll help Vitters and Jackson get their averages up.

  • The Maven

    Well …. so much for the “grinder” approach.

    • Joker

      Served as minor league hitting instructor for offensive juggernaut Padres. Led league in strikeouts as a player. Out of baseball for the last 4 years. Teammate of Dale Sveum. Welcome to the Cubs!

  • RynoTiger

    Dang it…I did some research and discovered that Rob Deer can have a philosophical and technical approach to hitting..gosh darn those people who hire their friends

    • Joker

      Hilarious! Thanks for sharing! Buy one vizubat at $19.99 and get a second one free…..but wait, you will also get an autographed Rob Deer baseball card if you call within the next hour. Hahaha

  • mitziman

    A .220 career hitter, and now he’s the assistant hitting coach…Awesome