Cubs Add Darnell McDonald to Front Office as Baseball Operations Assistant

The Cubs announced an addition to the baseball operations department Tuesday with the hiring of Darnell McDonald. The former outfielder, who recently announced his retirement, has rejoined the organization as Baseball Operations Assistant.

According to the release, “McDonald will contribute to all elements within the club’s player development and amateur scouting departments.” Darnell McDonald will also “visit the club’s affiliates to work with minor league players on and off the field, evaluate amateur players leading up to the draft and spend time with the Major League club.” Among McDonald’s other responsibilities will be attending “instructional league during the fall and serve there as an extra coach.”

Darnell McDonald is the second former player hired by the Cubs this spring. The front office added Ted Lilly during Spring Training as a special assistant to Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer.

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  • Theboardrider

    Wow! Isnt’ he still pretty young? I’m surprised he’s hanging it up. Dang good defensive outfielder. Just very little bat

  • Theboardrider

    Theo Epstein has to be one of the best bosses out there. He really takes care of guys he’s been around a while…super loyall. No wonder there are so many folks out there that would charge the gates of hell armed with a glass of water for him.

    • GaryLeeT

      It is futile to resist up voting your over the top metaphors.

    • cubtex

      I couldn’t stop laughing for 5 minutes after reading this :) You are definitely one of a kind Rider!

  • SuzyS

    I missed the Ted Lilly addition….I guess that means Ryan Dempster might be joining the front office soon:-)

  • cc002600

    ok, slow day, so I have a question. What does everyone think of those new road uniforms ?

    I think they are the dullest, most boring uniforms I have ever seen. I thought they were going to make a real change to them, and yet they are basically the same dullness they have been wearing for years but now it says “CUBS” across the front, instead of “Chicago”. Whoop-dee-do. Reminds me of that CUBA uniform they wore back in late 90’s. UGLY.

    • Andy Turner

      I think they look awesome and are more reminiscent of the 1920’s. The piping around the collar and down the front is a great throwback look and I really like how clean they look with the white outline around the letters. It also allows them to wear that great looking blue hat. I also really like that there is an actual braid down the leg of the pants. My vote is classic and classy!

  • redlarczykg

    The new “Cub’s Way” is supposed to be focused on player development and yet Cub management had McDonald, a really nice guy but with no chance of making it, taking a lot of at bats away from Vitters this spring.

    • brent carmona

      Spring training?

    • Theboardrider

      He played great defense and could always be a late inning replacement. Vitters is getting his work in now. McDonald (with a slightly better bat) is exactly the type you want for an extra outfielder.