Cubs Announce Rick Renteria’s Coaching Staff for 2014

The Chicago Cubs officially announced Rick Renteria’s coaching staff on Friday afternoon. Chris Bosio was officially retained as the team’s pitching coach and Lester Strode was retained as assistant pitching coach/bullpen coach. Mike Borzello and Franklin Font will also be part of Rick Renteria’s coaching staff as expected. Borzello received a new title and is now the team’s catching and strategy coach.

Bill Mueller is the Cubs’ new hitting coach and Mike Brumley, another former Cubs infielder, will serve as the team’s assistant hitting coach. Gary Jones was hired as the Cubs’ third base coach and infield coach. Jose Castro will be the team’s quality assurance coach.

Brandon Hyde was moved from Director of Player Development into the Cubs’ dugout and will serve as Rick Renteria’s bench coach.

The Cubs did not announce the hiring of a first base coach.

Jaron Madison replaces Brandon Hyde as Director of Player Development. Madison was previously the director of amateur scouting. Matt Dorey, who has been working as a national and regional crosschecker, replaces Madison as the Cubs’ Director of Amateur Scouting.

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  • John_CC

    Uh oh, one out of nine of the coaches has playing time with the Red Sox…there they go again! Hiring from their narrow little sphere!

    Seriously, does every team have “strategy” and “quality assurance” coaches? Nice to guys moving up through the system though.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      I’m wondering if the ‘strategy’ coach is similar to the defensive coordinators the Nationals and Tigers hired. I am hoping that is the case.

      • John_CC

        That would make sense. The title is confusing at best though.

        • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

          Why wouldn’t Theo hire guys from a three time recent champion franchise that he is familiar with? I don’t get why hiring every former Red Sox guy we can get is bad. He is familiar and Theo knows they can contribute. Why, why, why not?

          • Tom U

            A little tongue in cheek. Mueller played for the Red Sox but he also played for the Cubs, among others.

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            I didn’t really mean you Tom. I was more talking to John (who I like and respect as a poster) and others that always gripe when guys are hired from the best franchise in baseball. I just absolutely don’t understand why that is hard for people to understand, and further why they aren’t absolutely thrilled that it’s happening.

          • John_CC

            Easy man, you missed my sarcasm (when I said 1 out of 9 I thought it would be clear). I have made the exact argument you made above, quite a while ago…maybe you read it and are subconsciously repeating it! lol

            I like the Mueller hire.

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            You are right John. I reread your post and realized I had missed it. Glad someone else sees that this is a good thing for the Cubs. It’s typically the guys that don’t like anything Theo does that gripe about it. He could hire Billy Beane as his GM and bring Casey Stengel back from the dead to manage and some people would decry it as silly moves.

          • John_CC

            Well, Beane is pretty overrated…plus he is all about sabermetrics and not real baseball, so… ;)

      • SuzyS

        Yes, me too….Jose Castro is the Quality Assurance Coach. What is that??? I haven’t heard of a quality assurance coach in baseball.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Suzy, Castro is basically the Cubs defensive coordinator. He is responsible for defensive positioning and conveying scouting reports.

          • SuzyS

            Thanks, Neil.
            This past year, I’ve become increasingly aware of how defensive shifts seemingly are becoming a much more important part of the game….ala the Pirates.
            It’s actually pretty interesting.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            You’re welcome … and yes, they are very interesting.

  • 07GreyDigger

    How is Bill Mueller going to be hitting coach considering he was “forced” into coaching because he wanted to be with his family more? Curious.

    • John_CC

      Apparently he is easy to push around, Colletti made him work for the him for like 5 years!

  • triple

    There’s gonna be some high profile guys teaching the Cubs how to play ball this year.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Lets hope Mueller warns the infielders about that brink wall hazard along the field.

    • 07GreyDigger

      Cuz you know. They aren’t aware of it already.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Just wondering…..besides Renteria, who else speaks “Spanish” in this group of coaches?

    • John_CC

      I guess it depends on what you mean by “Spanish” but if it is the language I would guess that the Cuban born Jose Castro would speak his country’s native tongue.

      And besides that, what does it matter?

      • CubbyDenCritic

        Well I thought one of the requirements Theo was looking for in a coaching staff was coaches who can communicate with their Latin players……..
        As for Jose Castro, don’t assume just because has a Spanish name, he can speak Spanish…….I had Latin kids in my class when I was a teacher who got “F’s” on their report card in Spanish class……..not all Poles can speak “Polish”, not all Italians can speak “Latin”, and not al Irish can speak “Galic”.

    • John_CC

      Googling “Franklin Font” will tell you that aside from being a non-serif typeface, he is a young Venezuelan that played 5 seasons in the Cubs minor league system before becoming the minor league infield coordinator until being promoted to the ML coaching staff. He probably speaks Spanish as well. So that is 3, right?

  • John_CC

    I really hope that procrastinating until November 22, 2013 to finally have the manager and his coaching staff hired doesn’t put the Cubs in a hole for 2014. I’m worried though! :)

    • 07GreyDigger

      I’m not sure how long it took to hire a coaching staff matters one bit. They don’t have a set roster. All they can do is get together and talk about how they want to do things and how they plan to work with existing players.

      • John_CC

        Man! No one gets my sarcasm today!

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    I love the Mueller hire. He is a guy that wasn’t the most talented but made himself into a very solid hitter. Perfect player pedigree for a coach. If Renteria doesn’t pan out and Mueller impresses I could see him as the head guy in 3 or 4 years. But I think Renteria will do well. I like this staff and think we are positioned for success. I would have liked to see Cora or Duncan involved though.

    • John_CC

      He was a talented hitter. Lifetime BA above .300 and a batting title.

      • CubbyDenCritic

        And Mike Brumley was a lifetime .206 hitter……it seems the past batting averages of our new coaches does not matter.

        • John_CC

          I was only reacting to boardrider saying he wasn’t the most talented. But I could care less what a coaches BA was, it has nothing to do coaching ability.

  • Eugene Debs

    Meanwhile other teams are loading up on players…

    • Eugene Debs

      OK, so that’s an exaggeration. Anyway, don’t know a ton about most of these coaches, let’s hope they’re patient!

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Majority of free agents who sign the big contracts….never get a W.S. ring.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Good chance Ryan Braun gets traded this off season……..who would want Ryan?………Royals, Rangers, Angels, Orioles come to mind…….someone like Braun can push them over the top.

  • WidespreadHisPanic

    Quality Assurance coach?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      I don’t know if you saw where I’ve been reporting teams are hiring defensive coordinators to be part of the coaching staff. That is basically what Castro will be, just without the title. He is responsible for defensive positioning and conveying scouting reports.

  • Ripken Boy

    Mike Brumley, really?? Was Paul Noce not available??

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Good name …

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