When news broke that Chili Davis would be replacing John Mallee as Cubs hitting coach, the announcement that Brian Butterfield had taken over for Gary Jones as third base coach was little more than a footnote. Not that you’d expect anything different for a seemingly ancillary role on the staff. But perhaps Butterfield is worthy of a bit more attention.
Before we get into that, though, a short preamble on the titular use of “new.” Back in March, we talked about Mike Borzello’s importance to the Cubs. The catching instructor is a veritable baseball savant, adept at breaking down the tendencies of hitters and pitchers alike. Among his more notable exploits are developing Kenley Jansen’s cutter and turning Kyle Hendricks into the Cubs’ ace.
It wouldn’t be fair to place expectations of similar impact on Butterfield, but Ian Browne’s glowing profile of the former Red Sox coach from back in 2014 sure sets the bar pretty high.
His title doesn’t do him justice. In the minds of nearly everybody who works with him, Butterfield is the best at what he does.
Yes, the best.
In other words, there might not be another coach …Read the Rest
Source:: Cubs Insider