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2018 Cubs Convention: Coaching staff update

Maddonisms, favorite players and getting to know the new guys

Len Kasper moderated an entertaining discussion with the Cubs coaching staff this morning. The conversation covered a lot of ground from specific questions about player development to fun insights into how the staff works together. It was a great chance for fans to get a glimpse into how the new coaching staff is coming together and what they might be focusing on for 2018. Here are some highlights.

A lot of new faces

The stage was crowded with Joe Maddon, Brandon Hyde, Mike Borzello, Lester Strode, Juan Cabreja and Franklin Font being joined by newcomers Jim Hickey, Chili Davis, Brian Butterfield, Andy Haines and Will Venable. Haines and Venable were both already in the Cubs organization but have moved into major league coaching roles for the 2018 season. It’s worth noting that while there were a lot of new faces many players discussed having long-term connections in other organizations and the chemistry among the whole crew seemed strong.

Favorite players

The most entertaining part of the discussion revolved around each coach naming their favorite player growing up. Hickey, who grew up in Chicago, stole the show by naming most of the 1969 …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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