Coach Mariano Duncan talks with Manny Ramirez of the Los Angeles Dodgers. One of these people is joining the Cubs organization as Double-A hitting coach. (Hint: it's not the guy on the right.) (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
While we await official confirmation of the Cubs' signing of Kerry Wood -- and I'll likely make another post when that happens -- the team announced its minor league field staffs and coordinators today.
Bill Dancy, who managed Double-A Tennessee last year, will succeed Ryne Sandberg as manager at Triple-A Iowa. Replacing him, and new to the organization, will be former Minnesota Twins catcher Brian Harper. Harper managed the San Jose Giants to the California League title last year, his first year as a minor league manager. Marty Mason, also new to the organization, will be the pitching coach under Harper at Tennessee, and the hitting coach there will be former Dodgers first base coach Mariano Duncan.
Also new to managing in the minors will be former major league catcher Mark Johnson, who will manage at Boise. Former Cubs Frank Castillo and Jason Dubois will become coaches for the rookie league team in the Arizona League at Mesa.