More Coaching Hires

Piniella added a few more bodies to his coaching staff today. Mike Quade was formally announced not only as third base coach, but also as an outfield instructor and baserunning coach. Matt Sinatro, who formerly worked under Lou Piniella as a bullpen coach, will take over first base duties along with catching instructor. Lester Strode was named bullpen coach. Strode had been the Cubs minor league pitching coordinator for the last eleven years. That should only leave the hitting coach with former Red Sox coach Ron Jackson and former Reds coach Chris Chambliss leading the list. Dave Keller has also been mentioned, a Cubs minor league roving instructor.


more on Jackson and Chambliss from's invaluable BR Bullpen (wikipedia for baseball)

Brewers are also looking at Chambliss as a hitting coach btw...

btw AZ Phil mentioned a minority likely being hired to fill out the coaching staff in the previous thread, Lester Strode would qualify for that.

some Canadian moron from a few days ago...

Despite denials to the contrary, watch for the Yankees to deal Alex Rodriguez to the Cubs (who will turn him back into a shortstop) for Aramis Ramirez and some pitching. It says here that A-Rod will thrive in Wrigleyville, where the fans love superstars ...

Poor canadiens, he also says earlier in the article to look for Girardi to be named Yanks bench coach.

Nice promotion for Les Strode. He has been the Cubs minor league pitching coordinator for the last 11 years. As MLPC, Strode was the senior pitching coach at the Cubs Spring Training Minor League Camp and Extended Spring Training, as well as chief pitching coach for the Cubs Arizona Instructional League team. He also supervised the minor league pitching coaches during the regular season, and worked closely with Oneri Fleita in deciding where each pitcher in the minor league system should be assigned.

I can't say that he has the coaching or instructional skills of Iowa pitching coach Alan Dunn, but Lester Strode knows every pitcher in the Cubs organization. He knows their histories, he knows their stengths and weaknesses, and he knows what makes them tick.

I like the way the Piniella is going about his staff, a good mixture of guys he trusts who will bring a new perspective (Trammell, Sinatro) and some guys from within the system who know the players, their histories and tendencies and what has or hasn't worked for them.

brewers ended up hiring some fella named Jim Skaalen as their hitting coach, leaving Chambliss for us if we wish.

Felix Pie is 10-27 in the DWL so far with 2 doubles and 7 RBI's, 3 K's and 1 BB

I like the move for Les Strode as well and had always wondered whether he would simply be named pitching coach if Rothschild was not brought back. Does it possibly signal that the team will go with a "home grown" bullpen the next few years (rather than the overpriced-yet-mediocre Eyre/Howry/Remlinger/Veres bullpens of the past)?

Wow, if a team with 83 wins can win the WS, certainly the Cubs can, right? F#*K!!!! Mother F-ing CARDINALS!!!! WTF???

wow, the baseball gods really hate Cubs fans...

congratulations to the worst world series champions of all time.

i see no reason the cubs can't finish with more wins than them next year. the question is, do they get more aggressive this offseason (like the white sox did, adding thome) or try to bring back the band for another try (in which case i see them being right around 500 again and not make the playoffs). any team that has 300 truly awful hitters (molina, belliard, wilson) in its healthy lineup is very catchable.

see you in april, bitches.


i got confused bc 300 is very close to their collective OBP

sadly, i'm not kidding.

"wow, the baseball gods really hate Cubs fans..."

Yes, yes they do.

Now we have to hear from Hendry about the 83-win Cards and how that's a legitimate target for the Cubs to be contenders.



Let's look forward to next year. Nuts to Matsuzaka. I want Saitoh. I'm not sure of his contractual obiligations with his current team, but I have a vintage case of sake that's been willed on to me from generations I'd be willing to throw on top of the deal.

Here's his video (love the shuuto and the Zambrano-ish bounce off the rubber):

Here's his stats:

Between his '03, '05, and '06, his record: 54-9!

Saito would be fantastic, but he isn't a free agent yet and I haven't heard anything about Softbank posting him.

DC Tom,
Howry and Eyre may be overpriced but they are far better than mediocre. You are correct on the other two though.

what about Von Joshua. Thought he would have been the 1st choice for hitting because he has already proved from his past record his experience with these players. And his past experience as a player. Doesn't Chambliss go team to team with friends? Joshua's record was the best with the Sox, but I believe he was fired as a scapegoat because Manuel had another 2 yrs on his contract. Like to see him with the players he has already developed them why not have him there to keep them all on track. Why start their players with another coach when Joshua had alot to do with getting them there. I know they are getting coaches now that haven't played in the majors/world series but what is Kellers record as a hitting coach with a major league team? Seems like Quade,Strode,Joshua would be a good mix.

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