Chicago Cubs: What’s the current state of the coaching staff?

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JUNE 14: Pitching coach Curt Young #40 of the Boston Red Sox makes a trip to the mound to talk with pitcher Tommy Hottovy #68 during the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on June 14, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JUNE 14: Pitching coach Curt Young #40 of the Boston Red Sox makes a trip to the mound to talk with pitcher Tommy Hottovy #68 during the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on June 14, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images) /
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Chicago Cubs: Can we get some consistency, please?

It’s been exhausting witnessing the Cubs musical chairs-like approach in handling the comings-and-goings of the coaching staff.  With more staff departures, they have entered this off-season with just as many, if not more, holes to fill than they do their roster.

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To combat this problem, the team has made some interesting moves to counteract their seemingly yearly departures.

Shortly after Davis’ firing in October, the Cubs hired Anthony Iapoce as their new hitting coach.  As a disciple of Mallee, and former coach of the team’s minor league, Ianpoce should feel comfortable in his new role from jump street.  Iapoce is a big believer in launch angles as shown in his successful tenure the past three seasons as the hitting coach for the Texas Rangers.

And we all know how Theo feels about his launch angles.

However, as of early December, the pitching coach position still needed to be filed and, by mid-month, the Cubs made an interesting decision in the person they eventually hired.

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