Shortly after Theo Epstein released the statement the Cubs had fired Rick Renteria, the Sun-Times reported third base coach Gary Jones would not be returning for the 2015 season.
Gary Jones was one of two coaches on the Cubs staff that Rick Renteria brought in last year. Quality Assurance Coach, Jose Castro was the other and he accepted the assistant hitting coach position with the Braves earlier this week.
The Cubs will be looking for at least two coaches once Joe Maddon is officially in place. And a change could be made with Brandon Hyde that would allow Maddon to hire his own bench coach. Hyde moved down from the front office last year to be Renteria’s bench coach.
Gary Jones leaving the organization was expected if the Cubs made a managerial change.
With Chris Bosio, Lester Strode and Mike Borzello firmly planted as the team’s pitching infrastructure and John Mallee, Eric Hinske and Doug Dascenzo recently named or reassigned to the coaching staff, there were only a few changes that could be made for Maddon to bring in his guys. And Maddon and Hinske after a history with one another from their days in Tampa.