Eric Hinske, who was originally drafted by the Cubs organization in 1998, had served as Cubs assistant hitting coach for the last three seasons after one year as first base coach.
Now he’s going to be the head hitting coach for another ballclub:
#Angels hire Eric Hinske as hitting coach. He's perhaps most famous for making World Series in 3 straight years in 3 different teams.— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) October 23, 2017
Hinske never played a big-league game for the Cubs. He was traded to the Athletics for Miguel Cairo in 2001, but never played in the majors for the A’s, either. His best years were spent in Toronto, where he hit 78 home runs in five seasons for the Blue Jays. The three World Series years for three different teams noted above were 2007 for the Red Sox, 2008 for the Rays (under Joe Maddon) and 2009 with the Yankees.
There’s been no word about hitting coach John Mallee, but both Theo Epstein and Joe Maddon suggested that the entire coaching staff would be back. Of course, with Chris Bosio’s departure only a day after Theo said that, more changes will be coming.
Congratulations and best wishes to Hinske on the new position. He won two World Series rings as a player (2007, 2009) and of course, has one from the 2016 Cubs. I wish him well.