Bryce H.: June 2009 Archives

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The Cubs fired hitting coach Gerald Perry on Sunday and will promote Triple-A Iowa hitting coach Von Joshua to take over the job. Joshua will join the Cubs Monday, and be in uniform for Tuesday's Interleague game between the Cubs and White Sox.

The Cubs were ranked 13th in the National League in hitting with a .246 average, well below last year's numbers. They led the NL in runs in 2008, but are 14th this season.

"Obviously, we've been struggling for a long time," Hendry said. "I'm not one to dump all the blame on coaches. I've never made a coaching change to my knowledge in the middle of the year. I think sometimes you need a different voice.

"Von has had a lot of success with our guys on the way up," he said. "We have really, really struggled offensively for reasons way beyond Aramis [Ramirez] being gone for awhile. Every day, we have five guys in the lineup who have play ...