Which Coaches Should The Cubs Retain?

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

With a new manager coming in to replace Dale Sveum, there will certainly be changes in the coaching staff. Who among the current coaches should the Cubs keep?

New managers often bring their own coaches with them, from previous jobs, or worse, their old buddies who they played with. Dale Sveum, just fired as Cubs manager, did this with at least two of his former Brewers teammates: Chris Bosio, pitching coach who did a pretty good job considering what he had to work with, and Rob Deer, hired as assistant hitting coach. I think we can all agree that Deer's impact on the team was pretty much zero, if not negative.

So among the coaches, who should stay with the new manager? Part of that, of course, depends on who the new manager is.

Here are my thoughts.

Chris Bosio, pitching coach: as noted above, did a decent job with not too many good pitchers to work with. He can get some credit for Travis Wood's big step forward -- on the other hand, if that's Bosio's doing, why couldn't he do that with Jeff Samardzija? I'd say he likely stays, unless the new manager has a better coach to bring along.

Dave McKay, 1B/outfield coach: did a terrific job with Alfonso Soriano until Soriano was traded. He comes from working under Tony La Russa and brought some of those methods to the Cubs. I'd want him to stay no matter who the new manager is.

David Bell, 3B coach: "Wavey Davey" can go wave runners to their doom elsewhere.

James Rowson, hitting coach: See ya.

Rob Deer, assistant hitting coach: Maybe Dale will give you a job in his next managerial stint, wherever it is. I can't think of a single thing Deer did to help the Cubs hitters.

Jamie Quirk, bench coach: Most managers choose their own bench coaches. I can't think of anything Quirk did that was all that great, though neither did he do anything obviously wrong. He'll probably be considered for managerial openings, but is probably headed for a third-base coach's job somewhere.

Lester Strode, bullpen coach: Strode has now been bullpen coach with three different managers. He's been in the organization for 25 years, and I suspect he'll stick around.

Mike Borzello, special assistant: Borzello gets credit for helping Welington Castillo on his defense; he worked with Castillo every day on blocking pitches and other things about catching. He's got experience from the Yankees organization; I think he stays even if Joe Girardi isn't hired, but especially if he is.

Franklin Font, special assistant: Honestly, though I know what Borzello does, I'm not sure what Font does, other than stand near the bullpen while relievers are warming up to block pitches from getting away. Since you have to have someone to do that, maybe they should keep him.

Who do you think should stay or go? Vote in the poll, but note that only allows you to vote for one choice, so I worded it that way (and left Font and Borzello off, because they're not officially "coaches"). Leave your other thoughts in the comments.

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