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 with responsibilities in the major and minor leagues.
Gary Jones remains with the team as Joe Maddon’s third base coach. A report from the Sun-Times after Rick Renteria was dismissed indicated Jones was leaving the organization. Renteria brought in Jones to fill the position a year ago. The Sun-Times since changed its report and the Cubs made it official Thursday that Gary Jones is remaining with the team.
Thursday’s announcement completes manager Joe Maddon’s coaching staff for the 2015 campaign: Chris Bosio (pitching coach), Brandon Hyde (first base coach), Gary Jones (third base coach), John Mallee (hitting coach), Dave Martinez (bench coach), Lester Strode (bullpen coach), Mike Borzello (catching and strategy coach), Eric Hinske (assistant hitting coach), Henry Blanco (quality assurance coach) and Franklin Font (staff assistant).
Dave Martinez, 50, served as Joe Maddon’s bench coach in Tampa Bay the last seven seasons and returns to the organization that originally drafted him in the third round of the 1983 Draft. Martinez first served as a spring training coach for Maddon in 2006 and 2007 before being named to the big league staff on Oct. 11, 2007.
A former outfielder, Martinez played 16 seasons in the big leagues with nine teams: the Cubs (1986-88, 2000), Montreal (1988-91), Cincinnati (1992), San Francisco (1993-94), the White Sox (1995-97), Tampa Bay (1998-2000), Texas (2000), Toronto (2000) and Atlanta (2001). He batted .276 with 91 homers and 580 RBI in 1,919 major league games.