WGN Midday News preempted by 12PM Chicago White Sox game

Cubs officially fill out their coaching staff for the 2018 season

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - AUGUST 20: Pitching coach Jim Hickey #48 of the Tampa Bay Rays talks with pitcher Jeremy Hellickson #58 during the game against the Seattle Mariners at Tropicana Field on August 20, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

CHICAGO – One of the biggest secrets in Windy City baseball this year, which wasn’t kept very well, finally became official on Tuesday afternoon.

As expected, the Cubs named Jim Hickey as their pitching coach to replace Chris Bosio. Brandon Hyde’s promotion to bench coach was also made official while Will Venable was named the team’s first base coach.

Hickey is reunited with Joe Maddon, whom he worked with eight season in Tampa. He comes to Chicago with 15 years of major league experience as a pitching coach, will 11 of those coming with the Rays.  Hickey began his pitching career with the White Sox as he was taken in the 13th round of the 1983 MLB Draft.

Hyde, whose move was confirmed by General Manager Jed Hoyer on 670 The Score earlier in November, moves into the dugout to take Davey Martinez’s position following his hiring by the Washington Nationals as manager. The Cubs bench coach under Rick Renteria in 2014, Hyde was the first base coach for the Cubs for the last three seasons.

Venable is entering the coaching ranks for the first time following his retirement as a player in 2016 following nine years in the majors. He served Special Assistant to the President and General Manager with the Cubs last season.

 

 

 

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.