First Cossins Once Removed

Patrick Mooney at The Athletic is reporting that Cubs Minor League Field Coordinator & Minor League Catching Coordinator (he did both jobs) Tim Cossins is joining Brandon Hyde's MLB coaching staff in Baltimore. So it will take two people to fill Cossins' shoes. 

Cossins followed Hyde to the Cubs from the Miami Marlins after Hyde was promoted to Player Development Coordinator from Minor League Field Coordinator post-2012. (Hyde had come over from the Marlins to the Cubs as Minor League Field Coordinator after Epstein/Hoyer/McLeod took over baseball operations post-2011). 

Credited with developing J. T. Realmuto and Austin Barnes as catchers when he was Miami's Minor League Catching Coordinator, Cossins has been doing double duty since moving from the Marlins to the Cubs, and is in no small part responsible for the Cubs stocked stable of young catchers (Willson Contreras, Victor Caratini, P. J. Higgins, Jhonny Pereda, Miguel Amaya, Jonathan Soto, and Henderson Perez). If Cossins had been hired by the Orioles prior to the 2018 Rule 5 Draft, the Orioles almost certainly would have selected Higgins or Pereda in the Major League Phase.  

Cossins instituted sweeping changes at Cubs Minor League Camp, Extended Spring Training, and post-season instructs over the past five years, emphasizing drills & practice over games, and putting a lot of new ideas, cutting-edge technology, fun, and positivity (and music!) into the process. He is probably one of the most (if not - THE - most) creative baseball player development minds I have ever met.

I actually thought he would have been a future Cubs manager if he had remained in the organization. 

First Brandon Hyde, and now Tim Cossins. Two huge losses for the Cubs organization. 

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Jose Flores (Cubs Minor League Infield Coordinator 2012-17 prior to joining the Phillies as MLB 1st base coach in 2018) will also reportedly be on Brandon Hyde's MLB staff in Baltimore. Flores was part of the top-notch coordinator group put together by Hyde and Cossins and was an outstanding Player Development guy during his five years with the Cubs. 

Presuming he doesn't leave as well, Iowa Cubs manager Marty Pevey would be a good candidate to be the Cubs Minor League Field Coordinator and/or Catching Coordinator (he was Cubs Minor League Catching Coordinator through the 2012 season). 

Another possibility for Cubs Minor League Catching Coordinator would be AA Tennessee manager Mark Johnson. 

Besides Marty Pevey, another in-house candidate for Cubs Minor League Field Coordinator could be Dave Keller, who is Director of the Cubs Dominican Academy. 

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  • crunch 6 hours 44 min ago (view)

    ummm...nevermind...

    ""There’s a lot of disrespect from people there that I don’t want to be a part of," Arenado said. "You can quote that." Arenado added, "You ask what I thought of Jeff’s quotes and I say I don’t care what people say around there. There is a lot of disrespect."

    The third baseman didn't want to elaborate on what he felt was disrespectful, but clearing the relationship between Arenado and the front office needs to be repaired."

     

  • crunch 8 hours 2 min ago (view)

    some good news...or bad news depending on how you feel about it...for the k.bryant trade market...

    "Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich on Monday indicated that Nolan Arenado will not be dealt prior to spring training and trade talks involving the third baseman are off for now."

    now MLB and crew need to decide whether bryant has an extra year of club control or not...still waiting...

    rangers, braves, and nats are supposedly looking at 3rd base upgrades.  cards are, too, but bryant to the cards would be a mutiny level trade decision.

     

  • crunch 14 hours 13 min ago (view)

    "Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports that the Marlins, Cubs, Rangers, and Brewers are "believed to be among the teams with some interest" in free agent reliever Pedro Strop.

    Nicholson-Smith on Sunday that Strop had three offers in-hand (two from NL clubs and one from an AL club) and will likely make his decision soon."

     

  • crunch 14 hours 57 min ago (view)

    meanwhile "bitpartisan" lawmakers are working as hard as they can to make sure many labor/pay protection laws applicable to other workers don't apply to minor league teams for many years now by coding it into law or attempting to...

    some of these same people are now crying foul over MLB team owner's plan to get rid of dozens of minor league teams for restructuring in order to save $$ by billionaire team owners.

    "hey, we're doing this favor for you at the expense of workers.  remember this!" - lawmakers

    "oh, we will." - MLB team owners

     

  • Charlie 16 hours 56 min ago (view)

    Fair pay for minor leaguers and international free agents would soften the blow of nickel and diming the MLB payroll for sure. It won't happen until the players union represents minor league interests, of course, unless an outside law suit forces the minimum wage issue.

     

  • crunch 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    without fail, at the end of every minor league spring training period (which is extremely poorly paid, not at all for the most part) there comes some retirements that seem to be a bit "early" in their development when players slog through weeks of low/no pay only to find out they're being assigned to a low level that barely pays them.  it's a real morale crasher after going through weeks of poverty that breaks some guys.  that's no way to run things...

     

  • JustSayin' 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    So true.  The minors these days is an odd mix of the few who get big bonuses with Hispanic guys for whom $1,200/month might be good money and college guys being partly subsidized by middle or upper-middle class families.  You don't hear much about minor league economics when the discussion turns to lower participation by black players but I believe it's a big factor.  If you need to use sports to get ahead, would you rather have your "internship" involve a free college education, or $6,000 a year?  

     

  • crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    there are more than a few minor league players that have to "retire" from minor league ball in order to start making real money in the real world for their real lives while those from more wealthy families get to follow their dreams a bit longer.

    that's a real shame.

     

  • JustSayin' 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    Theo got a good question at the conference on minor league salaries and went on record that they are unfair.  That was followed by "keep your ear to the ground" or some similar cliche.  I find this interesting.  Fan dissatisfaction this offseason is maily focused on ownership being cheap but you have to admit there is a (slim?) chance that the baseball moves we want to see are not currently possible.  It's hard to say the same about MiLB salaries.  Those don't even factor in the luxury tax.  You could raise every player in the system to middle class for the cos

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    As part of the 2019-2020 Cubs offseason dumpster diving extravaganza, I wonder if they will kick the tires on Zack Cozart. Can handle 2B SS 3B and isn't far removed from being a great defender and at least decent hitter. 2 years of injury is a concern, but he'd receive only ML minimum.

     

  • crunch 2 days 7 hours ago (view)

    WAS is now floating c.kieboom as a 3rd base option...along with asdrubal cabrera backing him up there.

    the bryant service issue delay may end up lessening his trade value as teams (especially his #1 rumored suitor, WAS) prepare their teams in the offseason.

    it's unfortunate that the cubs major offseason team building is based on waiting to find out how much getting rid of bryant is worth because of service time concerns.

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 12 hours ago (view)

    Another possible unintended consequence of the new restriction on September call-ups is that contending clubs will send MLB-ready pitchers and position-players who in previous seasons would have been called-up to MLB in September to the Arizona Fall League, just to keep them in game shape in case the pitcher or position player is needed as an injury replacement in September or in the post-season.  

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 15 hours ago (view)

    One thing about Josh Phegley is that not only is he out of minor league options but he also has Article XIX-A rights (he has accrued at least five years of MLB Service Time), so he can't even be outrighted to the minors without his consent if he were to be added to the 40.

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 15 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have reportedly signed veteran MLB catcher Josh Phegley (ex-OAK and ex-CHW) to a minor league contract and an NRI to Spring Training (contract is pending because it has not yet been filed with MLB). 

     

  • CubbyBlue 2 days 19 hours ago (view)

    Yeah but that person figured out a way to make a profit off of it, so... hey WAIT!

     

  • crunch 3 days 5 hours ago (view)

    "Cubs' pitching coach Tommy Hottovy said Friday that Brandon Morrow (elbow) will be on the same schedule as the rest of the Cubs' pitchers during spring training."

    that's cool.  no restrictions unless the team chooses to be cautious, evidently.