Chicago Cubs: Hickey, Davis fall flat with the players
In an effort to finally end their long, hard, multi-generational two-year World Series drought, the team hired Brandon Hyde to replace Martinez and Jim Hickey to replace Bosio before the start of last season.
Hickey was someone that Maddon felt comfortable with due to their eight seasons working together in Tampa Bay from 2007-14. However, as tradition, their reunion proved short-lived as this past November, Hickey announced that he would be stepping down as the team’s pitching coach. Once again, the spot was vacant but we’ll get back to that.
Before the start of last season, that wasn’t the only coaching position the team needed to fill. After the Cubs served John Mallee his walking papers, they hired Chili Davis as the new hitting coach. That love affair was brief, as Chicago moved on from Davis in October – shortly after the team’s disappointing loss in the National League Wild Card game.
Aside from these names, bench coach Brandon Hyde landed his first big league managerial gig after interviewing for nearly a half-dozen vacancies this offseason. He’ll take over the rebuilding Baltimore Orioles in 2019. Assistant hitting coach Andy Haines, meanwhile, left to join the rival Milwaukee Brewers coaching staff.
(Long winded gasp)