With David Ross and Mark DeRosa reportedly out of the mix, what direction will the Cubs go for Joe Maddon’s next bench coach?
Brandon Hyde was officially hired as the Orioles’ manager on Friday. Hyde’s departure means the Cubs will have their third bench coach in three seasons. Dave Martinez and Brandon Hyde leaving makes sense, but the turnover on the coaching staff is rather concerning. And it means another spring and early season adjustments for the players and Joe Maddon.
According to multiple reports, the Cubs reached out to both David Ross and Mark DeRosa about the vacated bench coach’s job. And neither Ross nor DeRosa are looking to leave their current gigs to join a Major League coaching staff.
Bruce Levine reported former big leaguer Raul Ibanez may be a fit for the Cubs. Mark Gonzales is not sure Ibanez would be willing to leave his current job as special assistant to Andrew Friedman in Los Angeles for the everyday grind of a coach in the majors.
If Ibanez is not on the short-list, the Cubs may have to look at internal options in the system.
Levine mentioned Buddy Bailey, manager of the High-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans, and Mark Johnson, Double-A Tennessee Smokies’ skipper, as possibilities. Johnson would be an interesting choice. He has Major League experience, has been a successful skipper in the minors and should be a manager in the big leagues in the not-to-distant future.
This off-season has been a difficult, and confusing, one for the Cubs. And having a big hole on Maddon’s staff in the middle of December is the latest issue the front office must address.