Cubs Hire Ted Lilly as Special Assistant to Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer

The Cubs announced Tuesday that Ted Lilly has returned to the organization. The Cubs have hired Ted Lilly to be a special assistant to President Theo Epstein and General Manager Jed Hoyer.

Ted Lilly is in Mesa working with the team.

Ted Lilly pitched for the Cubs from 2007 until July of 2010 and went 47-34 in 113 games with a 3.70 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. Lilly became a fan-favorite due to his approach and the way he played the game. Lilly was at the Cubs Convention in January and maybe he can bring some of his ‘Bulldog’ mentality to the organization.

According to Carrie Muskat, Jed Hoyer talked to Ted Lilly at the convention. Lilly wanted to stay in the game after he announced his retirement. Lilly will work with minor leaguers, scout on both the professional and amateur sides and “do a little coaching.”

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  • raymondrobertkoenig

    Excellent hire.

  • Neil

    From Mark Gonzales: Hoyer: “A lot of guys want to get back in, but they really don’t want to work that much.(Lilly) made it clear right away he wanted to work”

  • Neil

    From Patrick Mooney: Ted Lilly: “I want to be around the game and I feel like I have something to offer. This is the organization I would prefer to be with.”

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  • paulcatanese

    And soon, Dempster will join him.

    • cubtex

      lol. not a chance with how he left here. I like when the FO bring back former players and fan favorites after their careers are over. Buckner,Jody Davis, Sandberg,Greg Maddux and now Lilly.

  • TrevorPetersma

    I really like that quote from Hoyer. I always liked Lily’s drive. Definitely cannot hurt to have someone like that around the club. Light a fire under the talent.

  • WidespreadHisPanic

    Glad he’s back. Good move.

  • J Daniel

    THE BULLDOG!!!! One of my all time favorite Ron Santo memories going crazy … “That’s why the call him the Bulldog!!!”

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