Report: Cubs Talking to Bill Mueller about Hitting Coach Position

According to a report from the Sun-Times, the Cubs are talking to former Cubs and Red Sox third baseman Bill Mueller about joining the Cubs’ staff as hitting coach. The Cubs front office is obviously familiar with Mueller from their days together in Boston. Mueller has been a scout in the Dodgers’ system.

The Sun-Times confirmed the Cubs have retained Chris Bosio and Lester Strode.

Rick Renteria’s coaching staff could be announced in a week or so according to the report.

As for the rest of Renteria’s staff, the Cubs are expected to have two hitting coaches and will hire a first base coach, third base coach and bench coach. Reports have suggested Alex Cora, Mariano Duncan and Henry Blanco are in the mix for those positions.


According to the Sun-Times, Gary Jones and Bruce Fields could be possibilities for the base coach jobs. Renteria has a history with both men. Jones, a former Cub, is currently employed by the Padres. Fields spent last season as a roving hitting instructor in the Tigers’ organization and was the Indians’ hitting coach for a short time under Manny Acta.

Jon Heyman mentioned the possibility of the Cubs hiring Gary Jones and also reported that Jose Castro is in the running for a job on Renteria’s staff.

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  • cubtex

    How surprising. Another guy with Red Sox ties.

    • John_CC

      And Cubs.

      Do you mention this because you actually feel that there is something wrong with it or just to point it out?

      Because I find it interesting that some folks act like hiring people that the FO knows and has already worked with as somehow bad. Particularly when they are guys coming from an organization that has won three championships in the last 9 years.

      Now if they were hiring all kinds of scouts and coaches whose resume is years of working in the Astros or Mets organizations, then I would be skeptical.

      • cubtex

        I mention because these guys are like a broken record. Look outside your shallow little window. What credentials does a guy like Bill Mueller have? Player? Yes. Played 3 years with the Red Sox. Did he ever coach in the Red Sox organization? Not to my knowledge. He was talked into coaching by Ned Colletti of the Dodgers. He didn’t even want to do that because he wanted to spend more time with his family and only wanted a limited role. Please John. There has to be better candidates than a Bill Mueller out there. Theo and Jed are so locked into former Red Sox people that it is nauseating.

        • cubtex

          and that comment about looking outside your shallow little window was directed at Theo and Jed(not you)…so there is no confusion

          • John_CC

            I didn’t read it that way, directed at me. I also didn’t know that Colletti made him work when he didn’t want to.

          • cubtex

            here is portion of the article.

            “Oh yeah, that’s part of the equation and I’d be dishonest to say it
            isn’t,” said Mueller, who can afford to say he wants to spend time
            watching his kids grow up because, as lucrative as a coach’s income
            (roughly $100,000-$300,000) might sound to the average worker, Mueller
            and many from his generation of players can easily live without it and
            can definitely live without the grind of a full baseball season that
            comes with it.

            So the pool of accomplished Major League players that in the past would
            be natural candidates for second careers as coaches and managers is
            likely to shrink in coming years because of economics.

            “It has changed over the last 30 to 40 years, because so many players
            that in your heart of hearts would be naturals as a Major League manager
            or coach, are financially independent,” said general manager Ned
            Colletti.

            “We have to hope there will be enough players with a passion for the
            game that they’ll want to remain in it, in spite of their independence.
            And in some way, maybe there will be a reverse benefit. Because they
            have the security, it might make it easier for them to take this job
            rather than an even higher paying one.”

            Although, Colletti said that’s only a hope. He already has seen a more
            likely scenario with Mueller, who was forced to retire as a player
            because of a knee injury. When Colletti approached him last year about
            joining the front office, the caveat for Mueller was that it had to be
            part-time, so he could also spend large blocks of time at home with his
            family. It’s a demand someone without financial independence wouldn’t
            likely make and almost surely wouldn’t receive

        • 07GreyDigger

          Just a question. When you interview people to hire at your company, are you more likely to look at a referral or someone you’ve never met?

          • DWalker

            really though, within the scope of baseball as a professional buisness, wouldn’t you say its actually a pretty small poolof experianced guys? Theres a good chance that even if you haven’t worked with a guy directly, you still either know some things about him, or know someone who does. I just can’t beleive with as calculated as this FO claims to be, they can’t find a few guys outside of the padres and sox worth bringing on.

          • cubtex

            why look at only 1 or 2 organizations instead of a pool of 30? some of those other organizations might have a candidate who would blow you away.

          • 07GreyDigger

            How do you know they haven’t? Just because its not reported, doesn’t mean they haven’t. That’s shortsighted on your part.

          • cubtex

            Rowson was hired by the Yankees what?….. 2 days ago? Do you think they rummaged through other organizations in 2 days and put Mueller at the top of the list already? Cmon Digger.

          • Tony_Hall

            They were never bringing back Rowson. They have had over a month to go through hitting coach options, let alone years of knowing what’s out there.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Team Theo only hires one of the following:

            1. a former Red Sox employee. If none are available, then
            2. They hire a former Padre employee.

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            reality: referrals are always hired more quickly…whether small companies or Fortune 500.

          • Ripsnorter1

            I would be looking first and foremost for competency in the role for which
            I am hiring. If I have a tie in that area, the tie breaker goes to someone I know
            IF, and only if, I like his work ethic and his ability to fit into our organization.

            Hiring via the buddy system or the “good ole boy” network does not produce excellence.

        • DWalker

          This is one thing I’ll agree with you on. It actually worries me that they are surrounding themselves with yes men and cronies rather than genuine talent. maybe they really are the right people for the job, but they seem to be in a serious rut on where they look, probably passing up some very talented individuals. lets get some poaching from the cardinals and braves going rather than just the padres and bosox.

          • RynoTiger

            whoever said any of these guys they’re hiring are “yes” men? the only ones I’ve seen say that, without any proof whatsoever, are a few posters here.
            and since Mueller worked with the Dodgers, then he’s not just a Red Sox guy. he’s outside their shallow window.
            I wonder if Cardinals fans felt like the Cardinals front office leadership had a small shallow window when selecting coaches like Oquendo, McGwire and Matheny.

          • DWalker

            I never said they were, but it does make me wonder if thats not what its turing into. They may be very good, but its also a very one dimensional approach I just can’t fully trust is the best approach.

          • cubtex

            Tony LaRussa(outside) Dave Duncan(hired by LaRussa) Mark McGwire-hired by LaRussa(not the FO) Oquendo(I believe also hired by LaRussa) Matheny was the only one you mentioned that was hired by the Cardinals FO as an internal promotion.

          • cubtex

            To expand on that. IF the Cardinals had never looked and hired “outside their shallow little window” and hire a manager from another organization to be the teams manager(none of those coaches that you mentioned would have jobs with the Cards more than likely) with the exception of Mike Matheny

          • cc002600

            Really ? You’re worried about the hitting coach ? I think he is slightly more important than the equipment manager. Please.

          • cubtex

            Tell that to Starlin Castro.

          • RynoTiger

            my point is that Oquendo, McGwire and Matheny all had Cardinal organization connections due to their previous time playing with the organization.

    • Agustin Rexach

      I would say the Red Sox have done pretty darn well the last decade or so

      • CubbyDenCritic

        Three Titles !
        I think so.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    If I told someone here to “Look out their shallow window”…….Neil would have to put an R.E.M. ipod song on.
    LOL

    • Vivid_Reality

      Calling out Neil……That is certainly the way to improve your standing on this website.

      • CubbyDenCritic

        You think Neil’s blood pressure is high, skin is turning green and busting out of his shirt ?…..LOL
        You people all need to relax…… getting your panties uptight………you take my remarks little too serious……….
        if Neil is smart enough, he can see the jealous hatred that some of you have on me.
        But don’t worry Neil, I take everything in tongue and check from these posters…….I never complain after they call names to me and you never correct them……some people hate to see I am right on what I say dealing with the Cubs.
        Maybe it is the 105 years of Frustration building up inside these Cubs fans………….but we have Team Theo …….he will Deliver a World Series for the Cubs fans……and if Theo doesn’t by 2020…….I don’t want to think about what could be said here by Cubs fans.

        • JasonOfTheBurbs

          I was actually just wondering if my jealous hatred was so transparent. Man…busted.

        • RynoTiger

          I have no jealousy or hatred either. especially since I’ve been able to counter argue with facts and be right as well.

        • John_CC

          Dude! You are amazing, a true piece of work.

    • cubtex

      I wasn’t directing that comment to a poster.

    • daverj

      What are you talking about? Cubtex made that comment about the Cardinals and the Cubs, not a poster on CCO.

  • CubbyDenCritic
  • daverj

    I saw the name and thought the Cubs might bring him back to play third. Might be better than some of the guys we’ve seen there the past few seasons.

  • Tony_Hall

    So let’s scratch off anybody who has any ties to Boston, San Diego, or Chicago, and that includes any former player who played for those teams, even if it was only 3 years of their major league career.

    One has to ask, why should this disqualify them?

    Dale Sveum was hired by the Royals and Ned Yost, former boss.

    James Rowson was hired by the Yankees, former employer.

    Pretty common practice in business or sports that people hire people they already know what they can do and how they operate over people they are unfamiliar with how they do things.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram ….Rangers will NOT sign Matt Garza.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Then it was a dumb trade for the Rangers.

      But then, of course it was a dumb trade for the Rangers! They thought they
      could take a guy pitching with absolutely no pressure on a last place team,
      (who has a history of choking when you need him to deliver), and thrust him
      into a pennant race, and expect him to win for you.

      Now that is classic dumb.

      Who is running the Rangers? Some former Cubs executive?
      Well, Jon Daniels is a Theo clone. Read his biography, and if you are honest,
      you’ll agree.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Daniels

      His first deal as Texas’ GM was to
      deal Alfonso Soriano to the Yanks for….(drum roll, please):
      Brad Wilkerson!…..he hit .222 and .234 for Texas, and, don’t forget, Mr.
      Terrmel Sledge…he never took 1 AB for Texas, and was a career .247 hitter. AND! AND …..
      Armando Galarraga…who only pitched 8 innings for Texas, before being dealt off for
      a minor leaguer who never pitched a single inning for anybody in MLB. BTW, Soriano’s first
      year as a Yank he hit 46 HR and stole 41 bases.

      Great work, Mr. Daniels. Let’s do some more trades with Texas!

  • Ripsnorter1

    This tears it! No hope for 2014!

    …for the Phillies.

    They just signed Marlon Byrd to a 2 year deal for $16 million.
    He hit .268 vs. RHP…..344 vs LHP.

    Here’s some notes from other observers:
    “The Phillies’ signing of outfielder Marlon Byrd to a two-year, $16MM contract wasn’t the best idea, ESPN’s Keith Law writes (Insider-only). Law cites Byrd’s age, PED history and high 2013 batting average on balls in play as potential red flags, and suggests that Byrd might not even be a starting-caliber player over the length of the contract. “Even if you believe that Byrd’s power increase is sustainable, as he’s made some changes to his swing, paying him as if he’ll be more than a .270/.315/.450 guy is irrationally exuberant — and even that assumes his legs will stay healthy enough for him to get to 20-odd homers each year,” Law says.”

    • John_CC

      I’m with you all the way on this one Ripper. Marlon Byrd is worth 2 and 16M? What in the world is going on? Poor Phillies, it’s what happens when a team gets so old, they start reaching…for more old guys.

      • Tony_Hall

        Exactly!

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