Day Two of 2016 Cubs Convention: Joe Maddon and the Coaching Staff

The third session on Day Two of the 2016 Cubs Convention was also hosted by Len Kasper and featured Joe Maddon and his coaching staff. The session started late, there was a problem with the elevators, and Joe Maddon didn’t arrive until the Cubs’ coaching staff had been introduced. Dave Martinez, Chris Bosio, Lester Strode, […]

Cubs Invite Joe Maddon’s Entire Coaching Staff Back for Next Season

During his end of season press conference Thursday, Theo Epstein confirmed the coaching staff has been invited back for next year. The front office is very happy with the results on the field at the big league level. And unless another team calls, Joe Maddon’s entire coaching staff will return for the 2016 season. Along […]

A Q & A with Former Cubs Catcher John Baker

John Baker spent last season in the Cubs dugout after making the team out of Spring Training. Baker provided a memorable ending to the longest game in franchise history. Not only was Baker the winning pitcher in a 4-3 victory over the Rockies after tossing a scoreless 16th inning, Baker scored the winning on a Starlin […]

Pitching Staff Projections for the 2015 Chicago Cubs

Pitchers and catchers don’t report for seven weeks and Opening Night against the Cardinals is more than four months away, but it’s never too early for projections. For the first time during the Theo Epstein–Jed Hoyer regime the team’s focus will be on winning ballgames. The front office, Joe Maddon and a few of the […]

Cubs Announce Hiring of Dave Martinez and Joe Maddon’s Coaching Staff

The Cubs announced the hiring of Dave Martinez as the team’s bench coach Thursday and Joe Maddon’s entire coaching staff for the 2015 season. Brandon Hyde was shifted to first base coach, replacing Doug Dascenzo who was named first base coach on Oct. 9. Dascenzo will remain in the organization as outfield and baserunning coordinator […]

The Daily CCO: Dave Martinez Inching Closer to a Job on Maddon’s Staff? And Other Cubs News and Rumors

Jed Hoyer said Wednesday he and Theo Epstein planned to talk to Joe Maddon about Dave Martinez joining the Cubs coaching staff. Martinez resigned his position with the Rays after being passed over for Tampa’s managerial opening. According to Marc Topkin, the Cubs asked for and received permission from the Rays to talk to Dave […]

Report: Rays Would Not Keep Dave Martinez from Interviewing with Another Team

Updated 11:45am CST – According to a report from Bill Chastain, Dave Martinez has decided to leave the Tampa Bay Rays. Ken Rosenthal reported Monday night that the Rays “would not stand in Dave Martinez’s way if the Cubs or another club requested to interview him for a coaching position.” Could Martinez officially being able […]

The Daily CCO: The Return of Hank White and Other Cubs News and Rumors

The Cubs took the first step in announcing Joe Maddon’s coaching staff Saturday when the team confirmed reports Henry Blanco had left Arizona to return to the Cubs. Blanco was a clubhouse leader and fan favorite during his time with the Cubs (2005-2008) and was part of two division winning teams. Henry Blanco, nicknamed Hank […]

Henry Blanco Joins Joe Maddon’s Staff as Quality Assurance Coach

According to multiple reports, Henry Blanco has left the Arizona Diamondbacks and is returning to the Cubs. The Cubs have hired Henry Blanco to be the team’s new quality assurance coach, replacing Jose Castro. Castro left the Cubs to take the assistant hitting coach’s job in Atlanta. Henry Blanco was the Diamondbacks bullpen catcher/coach last season. […]

The Daily CCO: Could Dave Martinez Land on Joe Maddon’s Coaching Staff?

The Tampa Bay Rays narrowed its managerial search to three finalists Friday: Kevin Cash, Raul Ibanez and Don Wakamatsu. And Joe Maddon’s former bench coach, Dave Martinez did not make it to the second round of interviews. The Rays are looking for a new voice in the clubhouse, so the man that was believed to […]