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.