Cubs Name Eric Hinske First Base Coach

The Cubs completed Rick Renteria’s coaching staff on Tuesday when they announced the hiring of Eric Hinske as first base coach. Hinske played for the Diamondbacks last season.

Eric Hinske joins Brandon Hyde (bench coach), Chris Bosio (pitching coach), Lester Strode (assistant pitching coach/bullpen coach), Bill Mueller (hitting coach), Mike Brumley (assistant hitting coach), Gary Jones (third base coach), Jose Castro (quality assurance coach), Mike Borzello (catching and strategy coach) and Franklin Font (special assistant) on new manager, Rick Renteria’s staff.

The Cubs selected Eric Hinske in the 17th round of the 1998 draft. Hinske played 12 seasons in the majors for Toronto, Boston, Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, New York Yankees, Atlanta and Arizona. Hinkse played in 52 games for the D-Backs last season and hit .173/.259/.288/.547.

Eric Hinske’s Page on Baseball-Reference

The Cubs should announce the managers and coaching staffs for their entire minor league system in the coming days.

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  • John_CC

    Figures, he played for Boston in ’06-’07!

    And he only has 61 career SB so he won’t be helping by telling players when to run or not.

    • cubtex

      You are getting it!

    • TheWrongGuy

      He was also DRAFTED by the CUBS.

      • John_CC

        Psst…I was kidding

    • dicepaul

      Hinske stole 61 bases and was caught 21 times for a .744 success rate. Eric’s numbers are less than 10 points lower than Lou Brock’s career average(.753) and 50 points higher than Brock’s Cub career average (.694). If Hinske would have just attempted more stolen bases he would be destined for the HOF.

      All kidding aside I think Hinske could be a good 1B coach. You can’t teach fast but you can teach a player to be a smarter base runner/stealer and I think Hinske’s numbers show that he wasn’t fast but he was smart.

      • Al Eastman

        Hinske was a Powerful Fullback in Football & Allstate in Baseball nearby in Wisconsin. He’s not a base stealer but is one of the smartest players who ever played. He has gone thru many a catcher coming home…not around them He went to Arkansas on a Baseball Scholarship & hit many Homers & RBI’s with a decent Avg. He’s not a guy that ever quits but only works harder. Every team he’s played for he has helped others get better. In his 13 years in the MLB, I’ve never heard anyone dislike the guy. He’s one of the few outstanding MLB managerial candidates out there & someday he will be one.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    So far, this coaching staff does not get my Cubbie blood flowing…….lots of sub average instructors I believe………….did anyone find out if Hinske speaks “Spanish”?……so he can tell Baez, Castro, Soler, Almora and other Latin players when to go and when to make the turn, when to dive back into first, etc?

  • Eugene Debs

    I hope that we can continue the sweet bunting contest. That really paid off.

  • Thomas D

    It’s not just the coach that tells them when to go players still have to read the scouting reports the coaches on base communicate with the manager so everyone is on the same page. There’s more to coaching first base than knowing when to steal if that was the case Juan Pierre would be a great first base coach.

  • 07GreyDigger

    I liked him as a player, but NONE of us have any idea as how he will be as a coach, so debating is pointless.

    • TheWrongGuy

      The most correct post yet on this topic digger.

      • RynoTiger

        no! you’re wrong! I’m supposed to hate everything this organization and team Theo does! i hate you! I hate all of you! Marcia always gets everything! Marcia! Marcia! Marcia!…I’m going to my room! I don’t want to see any of you ever again!….*End Scene*…Thank you. I take a bow.

    • GaryLeeT

      Even fewer care.

  • cubtex

    Good trade by the Astros to aquire Dexter Fowler. A lot of activity happening.

  • cubtex

    Those poor Yankees. Brian McCann and now Ellsbury. They will be bad. What was Girardi thinking staying with the Yanks instead of taking the Cubs job?

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Girardi will be crying when Tanaka joins his team.

    • Tony_Hall

      You have said that Ellsbury would not be a good player to sign and I believe McCann was one of the main guys to stay away from in this FA class.

      • cubtex

        Yankees are trying to win. Cubs aren’t. Neither of those players are a fit for the Cuvs

        • John_CC

          Nor the Cubs. But your statement begs the question, who are the FA that would be fits and show you the Cubs are trying to get better…if the best catcher and CF available are not?

          Seriously man, I would like to hear your thoughts and I’m sure others would as well. Because if Theo had just given the former Red Sox CF $185 M and 7 years I’m sure you would not be praising the move.

          • GaryLeeT

            I think it’s frustrating to watch a major market team rebuild their big league club on the fly, while the Cubs roll out their 60 million dollar team for 2014. I am not talking about needing to sign the Ellsburys (although I would not have minded it), but I am talking about adding the Beltrans.
            I am lamenting that the Cubs were bought by a family that cashed out their holdings in Ameritrade to buy the Cubs, and made the team their main source of income. Why .couldn’t the Cubs have been bought by a somebody, or a group that sees the team as their source of entertainment?

          • John_CC

            I agree that it can be frustrating to watch the rebuild Gary. It is brutal! But is it any worse than watching what was before the stated rebuild? I mean watching a .500 team and listening to the GM say they were just a move two away, every year? At least we’ve know it would painful and had no expectations.

            As for who the owner is, that is a silly thing to wish for now. It ain’t gonna change anytime soon. Take heart in the multitude of ways they have been spending and have faith that soon it will come together.

          • GaryLeeT

            Do you know what the word lament means? It’s doesn’t mean a silly wish. And yes, give me a 90 million dollar payroll, and a team that’ stands a 50/50 chance of winning a game on any given day. Sorry John, I will never join your camp of “this was THE only way”

          • Tony_Hall

            No one has said this is the only way, it is the way that Ricketts has directed this team and sought out Theo to oversee it.

          • GaryLeeT

            I like Theo, and I know he is doing the best with the financial resources he has been given. I am not happy he has been hamstrung with a small market payroll.

          • Tony_Hall

            He has also said that FA is the last resort for filling your roster and shows a failure on the part of your system to fill those roles. I don’t know if he would have splurged on much more if he did have the budget, but he may been more aggressive in trades for younger players who are already producing and have 3 or more years of control left.

          • John_CC

            Sorry Gary, I wasn’t trying to pick on you. I know what lament means … I am a professional “Lamentor!” You are well within you bounds to lament the ownership.

          • Tony_Hall

            Main source of income? You are joking with that statement I hope.

          • GaryLeeT

            What other conclusion could be drawn, when the owner says no money will be spent for the on field product, until the other revenue sources are in place?

          • Tony_Hall

            That is what you based it on? They have stated that all money is staying within the Cubs. Why would you think differently?

            There is no rule that says you have to spend every penny of revenue, each year, if you don’t it is called saving money for the future. Teams are allowed to keep their cash to spend on, I don’t know, a Tanaka type posting fee, that all the money is needed up front. They must actually have all the money to put up.

          • GaryLeeT

            A someone who owns a small business, I just can’t wrap my mind around letting my # 1 money making product, deteriorate like that. If it needed to be replaced with a better model, then I put the best face on the old one, while I develop a new one behind the scenes. Only a company’s product with strong emotional attachments, could survive what Ricketts is doing.

          • Tony_Hall

            The Ricketts sold $403M worth of stock to reduce their stake from 22% of Ameritrade stock to 17.7%.

            That leaves about 1.65 TRILLION in stock left as of Feb 2009. They also still have 2 seats on the board.

            http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/02/18/ricketts-family-sells-par_n_167900.html

            I am sure they are looking for their Cubs check each week to pay their household bills.

          • GaryLeeT

            I knew all that. Thar’s what prompted me to ask, why the tiny player payrolls? And don’t you dare ask me for the 4th time if I wanted them to fill the roster with Pujols type of FAs.

          • Tony_Hall

            As a business owner the goal is to maximize profits. Ricketts plan is to build a an organization for sustained success. He decided to build this from the ground up versus what the Dodger new owners decided to try and win as fast as possible. Both have their pros and cons.

          • cubtex

            Ok. I believe in starting pitching. Don’t get me started on losing Cashner again.., but I would sign Garza. Go all out for Tanaka and hold onto Shark for next year. Now you have a strong top 3 followed by Wood and EJax as your 5. Then you make a trade or 2 to try and upgrade( like Astros just did) by trading Schierholtz,Russell a prospect or 2. As far as free agent position players.,, Corey Hart on a 1 or 2 year deal

          • John_CC

            I think we all wish the starting pitching was better. And I think its also safe to say the FO values and wants more and better SP.

            So aside from Garza, I agree on going hard for Tanaka and holding onto Shark…but his situation is different. At any rate, they haven’t traded Shark yet and Tanaka hasn’t posted yet so I don’t want get into hypotheticals, let’s wait and see what happens.

            As for the trades we can’t really judge that yet either as the season is on now. Fowler is nice but he isn’t much above average. Lake reminds me a lot of Fowler, but I digress. I expect a trade or two from the Cubs that will move a Schierholtz or Russell, Barney, etc and net the Cubs a veteran player. Hart has said he wants to stay in Miltown and doesn’t care about the money, so he ain’t happening.

            Anyway thanks for actually throwing some names out rather than just bombs from the peanut gallery, which we are all members of. Maybe you and me both will be pleasantly surprised with some action in the next couple weeks.

          • cubtex

            Alot will depend on Tanaka. If somehow they manage to sign him….you then should hold onto Shark, add some quality pieces and give this team a shot to surprise and compete. If no Tanaka…trade Shark.

          • Tony_Hall

            And with no competition for any of those players you would bat 1000 on all your free agent targets. Also, it doesn’t matter if the players want to play for Chicago or not, because once you want them they will sign.

          • GaryLeeT

            Especially when they look at the product on the field, and get a look at “the plan”.

          • cubtex

            What? Tanaka would only be $ you are competing with other teams for. If Garza liked his time here and the money is right that is not far fetched. Corey Hart? Depends on medicals and what the market is. It is not like I am saying Cano or Choo.

          • cubtex

            Let me ask you this. Would the Cubs be better off with a James Loney on a short term deal with Cashner in the rotation? That trade moved this team backwards.

          • John_CC

            I honestly do not know the answer to that. Lonely is pretty lame. Cashner would be nice to have. I am one that still believes Rizzo will be a solid 1Bman with a gold glove.

            This one needs time to tell. By end of the 2014 season I think it will be more clear.

          • cubtex

            Lonely is pretty lame but Loney had a very good year with TB. Touche

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Man, why? You are doing what you ask others not to. Please don’t try to bait negative posts.

      Thank you.

      • cubtex

        Sorry bud. There has been a lot of talk about how bad the Yanks will be. I apologize

    • cc002600

      LOL !! Ellsbury for $22M / Year ?????
      That is hilarious. By the way, you can pretty much say good-bye now to Cano. Forgetting the money for a second , who would you rather have ? Ellsbury or Cano ? Its not even close.
      Take a look at that team’s roster and you tell me how many games you think they win. Mark my words. They won’t be .500.
      Look at that rotation. Declining CC and nothing. And oh, good luck trying to replace the best closer in history. And the lineup is full of 40 year olds.
      75 wins, book it.

    • cc002600

      dude, you can’t seriously tell me this is great signing. please no. now I’m really laughing.

      He is a singles hitting OF with speed. Big deal. And oh, he is injury prone on the wrong side of 30 years old . $153M ? Wow. He had 1 year with power (roids).
      can you say “Carl Crawford” ??
      LOL

      • cubtex

        I never said it was a good signing. Will he help them for a couple of years? No doubt. It is not my money and if I was a fan of that team, I would be happy because the team got better. Yanks are not done and I will take the over on 75 wins. In fact if we knew each other I would take a lot of your money on that if you were willing to back that up.

        • cc002600

          you will see. they will be bad. no, they are not done, but the days of buying a championship are over. You can supplement with a FA or 2, but you can’t build your team around it.
          If they re-sign Cano, which I don’t think will happen now, but if they do, they won’t have much money left to spend and stay below $189M. Look at that rotation and tell me what you think. its weak, real weak.

          • cubtex

            Dodger Blue will disagree with that. As I pointed out. 3 out of 4 teams in Championship series were in top 5 payrolls in baseball.

          • GaryLeeT

            The Phillies are suffering now for having had to over pay like crazy to win a World Series, and I am sure their fans would say it was worth it. What Cub fan wouldn’t trade 5 years of a payroll hangover in exchange for a World Series Championship?

          • cubtex

            No doubt. We are suffering now for at least 4 years under the small market rebuild.

          • John_CC

            That’s pretty funny. The 4 year suffering to try to actually build something for sustained winning. What about the last … I’ll just go with the 30 years of suffering I have experienced? What the hell was that?

          • cubtex

            they made the playoffs several times in your short 30 years. They had some good teams. Not now

          • Tony_Hall

            Theo has only been here for 2 years. The 2 years prior were doing it your style of going for it every year, regardless of the teams situation. If, this rebuild had started 4 years ago, it would have been much shorter and been well done by now.

          • John_CC

            I don’t know, but if they do resign Cano they are just perpetuating the problem that has made the Yankees a mediocre team! In 5 years they will have a couple more 35+ year old guys at premium positions earning $20M and producing less than league avg. See Derek Jeter, ARod, Teixiera, CC…

            But you know why they have to keep doing it. They have no farm. So they have to keep being a FA team.

            And now they have to decide between Cano and Tanaka basically, of they are going to get below the luxury tax cap as they claim.

            I love watching the Yankees fade away,

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Sure, the Cubs lost out on Ellsbury…….who cares anyway….we got Darnell McDonald!

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    what does a quality assurance coach do? Quick online search didn’t help much…

    • Tony_Hall

      Defensive alignments.

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        ok…lol…why not just call him a Defensive Coordinator or Defensive Coach, etc…? Seems like a silly misapplication of a corporate-y term.

        • Tony_Hall

          Not sure, but that is what teams call them. I don’t get it either.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    Interesting on Ellsbury…hinting that Yankees are pessimistic in resigning Cano.

    This bodes well for the Cubs, and any team that is being prudent with their FA purchases, as there is no way I think Ellsbury is a $20m/yr player…that is nuts.

    So it is great that the Yankees just shelled out another giant sum and won’t be trying to sign Almora away from us for at least 7 years.

    And if Cano goes elsewhere, like Seattle, that is another team that will grossly overpay. Anytime a team overpays, that means there is a bit less in their coffers for other positions, eliminating competition for the services of other FA’s out there.

    I would much rather compete against the Reds and Twins and Rays of the world for strategic FA acquisitions, than the Dodgers/RedSox/Yankees. So let them take the big names!!

    Draft smart, use those assets even more smartly in trades for proven talent entering their prime, and slip in a strategic FA here and there…that is my favorite philosophy on building a winner!

    • Tony_Hall

      I actually agree with you on this!

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        we all should agree on this!! :)

        I think Team Theo can draft. I know Theo knows how to sign FA’s from his Boston days (whether he signs good bargains is debatable, but that wasn’t his mandate in Boston to worry about bargains.)

        What I need to see him do though is make trades for players in their prime. He has made great trades in acquiring prospects…but not ready-to-play studs.

        Those are the painful trades…like giving up Soler for an awesome young pitcher, or smart moves like cutting ties with excess depth for a position of need (Villenueva or Olt in a package to land a needed SP, etc).

        To early for any judgments yet…just have to wait-and-see. I don’t expect him to trade decent prospects this year, but starting next off-season, I think he will be closer to go-for-it mode, and will have already drafted the next “waves” and we may see some familiar farm names start to depart to bring back players that fill holes on the mlb club.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    All I can say is the ticket prices in the Bronx will be going up…….$20 million plus for Ellsbury….Kenny Lofton, Garry Maddox, Eric Davis & Cesar Cedeno all must be wishing they were still in the game……..who knows, maybe by 2015, Almora will be a bargain for six years and produce the same numbers as Ellsbury.

    • John_CC

      Its a very real possibility that Almora will be out producing Ellsbury soon and then for the duration of his $18M seasons.

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