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The Cubs should hire Mike Scioscia as bench coach

No, seriously. Hear me out.

Dave Martinez was Joe Maddon’s bench coach for 10 seasons — seven with the Rays, three with the Cubs — before he departed to become manager of the Nationals in 2018.

That’s a long time for such a partnership, and you’d always see Martinez standing next to Maddon in the dugout. The two seemed very close, and it was clear that Martinez was a great asset to Joe in his managerial career.

What was interesting to me during the 2018 season, watching Maddon in the dugout, is that bench coach Brandon Hyde often wasn’t the guy standing closest to Joe. Instead, that close dugout confidant was usually pitching coach Jim Hickey, who, like Martinez, had a long history with Maddon. Maddon and Hickey have spent 10 years together, nine in Tampa and now one in Chicago.

Brandon Hyde, the current bench coach, was brought in from the Marlins organization, where he had served as bench coach and interim manager, as minor league field coordinator for the Cubs in 2012. Later that year he became director of player development, then returned to the field as bench coach under Rick Renteria in 2014. When Maddon …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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