Cubs Hitting Coach Jaramillo Gets 3/2.4
Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!
It looks like Jim Hendry accomplished the first splash of the offseason. Rudy Jaramillo is the new Cubs hitting coach. The highly respected Jaramillo has signed a 3 year, $2.42 million deal (according to a David Kaplan tweet and a Bruce Levine/ESPN post) to spin his 5 point hitting magic on Cub hitters both young and old ($800K a year, but we all know you-know-who likes to write back loaded contracts). Bruce Levine reports that Jaramillo will fly to Chicago Wednesday to meet with Cubs officials and after he officially signs his new contract, will attend a mid-afternoon press conference. Jaramillo has spent the last 15 seasons with the Texas Rangers and sports the resume of helping the likes of Mark DeRosa, Michael Young, Lee Stevens and early in their careers, Sammy Sosa and Jeff Bagwell. He won the Baseball America's Major League Coach of the Year in 2005.
The Cubs hope he can fix whatever was broken last year with Alfonso Soriano who still has 5 years left on his contract. Soriano in his 2 years with the Rangers loved working with Jaramillo. Soriano said, ‘We had very good communication because he speaks Spanish. He’s very good and smart. He works very hard, too.’’
Although the media doesn't want to hear or write about it, he's even left his magic touch on Milton Bradley who parlayed the 2008 season into "feeling like $30 million bucks". It was one of Bradley's best hitting seasons and propelled him to his first All-Star game. I'm not sure the Jaramillo signing will restore any of the burnt bridges Bradley left in his wake but who knows, especially if Hendry can't pull a Todd Hundley for Karros and Grudz trade out of his tush once again.
Jaramillo has broken his batting instruction into 5 tenets to hitting and he explains it in detail in this video.
• Timing the arm and the ball.
• Separation of hands and front foot.
• Staying square to the plate.
• Weight shift.
Hopefully the Cubs newest coach can bring back our 2008 rookie of the year's swing, working with Geo Soto and putting special emphasis on Weight Shift. I'll hope Jim Hendry will include a copy of the Rosetta Stone software, Japanese edition, so we won't see so much SPIN-A-RAMA next season. Remember that after the season, when the Cubs didn't re-hire Von Joshua, Derrek Lee said neither Perry not Joshua deserved any blame. "I hate to say it, but a hitting coach is overrated,"
So expecting tangible evidence that Jaramillo will make a difference in 2010 is a lot of magic to expect out of just a hitting coach. Still, if he does to hitters what Cardinal's pitching coach Dave Duncan does to pitchers, next summer just might be fun once again at Wrigley.
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Rolled scoring on Rizzo double
Re ZOBRIST -
Today's game is what I was referring to re Zobrist and RISP struggles. He did come through with his patented single to drive in a run - but also left the bases loaded, and two men on, no outs (called 3rd).
So, I hope he can pick that part of his game up when they start playing the better teams...
Don't see anything on the replay showing where he rolled it and he played for 2 more innings after so at first glance it so doesn't seem major. Very cold today so any discomfort is probably amplified.
How bad was Bryant's ankle sprain?
I'm gonna vote for Castillo so Molina doesn't get it but Ross has caught something in his last year and I'm loving it. He seems like an incredible guy who everyone on this team loves and if he can just be average with his bat that'd be huge this year.
Time to start the not-at-all-tongue-in-cheek David Ross for All-Star write-in campaign.
That was on crazy top of the first -- a single, two walks, 3 stolen bases -- and no runs.
Phil, DJ Wilson seems to mostly have 0-for-X box-scores, from those I've seen and remember.
1. What do you have for his XST record thus far;
2. Is he hitting in bad luck? Or just not hitting the ball very hard very often?
3. Is he having trouble with everything, or does it seem mostly like breaking stuff is what's giving him trouble?
He turns 20 in less than 6 months.
Theo just said on the Kap show that they wanted Contreras to have more development time before coming up and that he might be a 2nd half call up. Madden said too that Contreras would be a call up if a catcher injury happens later in the season and he would only get called up now to cover a single game and not to fill a DL need.
Oof. Forgot that this roster is thin at C behind Montero now that Schwarber is out. I wonder why no Contreras. He's already on the 40-man.
Montero to DL; Federwicz called up
K-DUB: Erling Moreno was at his usual 89-91 MPH for his fastball, featuring a plus-curve (definitely his best pitch), and a promising change-up. In fact, it was his "secondary" stuff and advanced command (for a pitcher his age) that attracted the Cubs to him in the first place, and while his fastball velocity is OK, it hasn't increased in the three years since he signed (minus about a year lost to TJS). But at 6'7 and only 19 years old, he will carry the "projectability" tag for a while.
NFL draft is going on at Grant park, be mindful of the traffic on Lake Shore Drive.
Also park at recreation drive off of LSD, it's free meter parking until May 31. Go under tunnel on LSD and you will be at Addison.
Any word on how Moreno was throwing? Velocity? I'm assuming Cease was his normal 97-98. Did he have command of his curve?
Having your ever vigilant eyes down in Mesa is a great resource. Thanks again!
Yes. Weather looks to be maybe a go for tomorrow's back to back Arrieta no hitter.