The big news of the offseason to this point has been the replacement of Chili Davis with Anthony Iapoce, but it appears as though there’ll be another change in that regard. Andy Haines, who served as assistant hitting coach in 2018 after being a roving instructor the previous season, is reportedly “taking a job as the No. 1 guy for another team.”
This comes via ESPN’s Jesse Rogers, who yesterday broke the news of Brandon Hyde’s return as bench coach.
Cubs news today: Hearing asst. hitting coach Andy Haines is taking a job as the No.1 guy for another team. Could mean 6 diff hitting coaches in 3 years for the Cubs, unless they bring back Eric Hinske. He was here during the John Mallee years and when they won the World Series.
— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) November 3, 2018
So much for continuity, huh? As Rogers notes, this means the Cubs will have employed six different hitting coaches over the past three seasons. Even for a role that is often praised or maligned far more than is actually the case, that kind of turnover isn’t helpful. But that’s what’s so interesting about the mention of …Read the Rest
Source:: Cubs Insider