The Cubs announced on Wednesday afternoon that former Oakland A’s hitting coach, Gerald Perry, will be the new hitting coach under Lou Piniella. The hiring of Perry completes the coaching search….the new staff under Piniella will be Alan Trammell (bench coach), Larry Rothschild (pitching coach), Gerald Perry (hitting coach), Matt Sinatro (first base coach), Mike Quade (third base coach), Lester Strode (bullpen coach) and Ivan DeJesus (special assistant).
Perry was with the Pirates from 2003 to 2005 and before that he was with Piniella and the Mariners from 2000 to 2002. Gerald Perry played 13 seasons in the Majors for the Atlanta Braves, Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals. Perry made the All-Star team in 1988. Under Perry’s tutelage the Pirates went from the worst hitting team in the league in 2002 (.244) to the third best in 2003 (.267). While with the Mariners they set new team records. In 2000 the Mariners took 775 free passes, in 2001 they led the league in on base percentage with .360 and in runs scored with 927.