This is a bit of a surprise… but perhaps not really, given the 2018 results.
When Chili Davis was replaced by Anthony Iapoce as Cubs hitting coach for 2019, it was stated by the Cubs that the rest of the coaching staff for next season would be announced at a later date.
This implied that things were still up in the air with the 2018 coaches. Recently we learned that assistant hitting coach Andy Haines would be leaving to take the hitting coach position with the Brewers.
Now there’s this report about pitching coach Jim Hickey:
Cubs not ready to announce their entire coaching staff. Even admit it’s later than usual for that to be up in the air. Still have to hire an asst hitting coach and we don’t have complete confirmation that Jim Hickey is back. We’ll see.
— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) November 7, 2018
Jesse Rogers further elaborated on that on ESPN 1000 Wednesday: