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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