When Hyde leaves, the Cubs will need a new bench coach. Of course, the popular choice is David Ross, and that could very well happen.
Today, we learn of a new name thrown into the hat:
Btw, Don’t know where Cubs are with a new bench coach but Raul Ibanez is one early name I’ve heard to consider. (Besides Ross of course)— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) December 12, 2018
Raul Ibanez hit .272/.335/.465 over 19 big-league seasons with 2,034 hits and 305 home runs. He interviewed for the manager’s job at Tampa Bay after Joe Maddon departed, but withdrew his name for family reasons.
Ibanez is currently a special assistant to Dodgers President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman, who presumably would not stand in his way if Ibanez were offered a coaching position.
Other than Ibanez’ playing career, I don’t know much about his qualifications to be a bench coach. He’s never been connected with any Joe Maddon team, so there’s no common ground there. Ibanez was mentioned in a number of articles as a candidate for the Orioles job that just went to Hyde.
So, what say you about Ibanez?
Raul Ibanez for Cubs bench coach...
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Don’t know enough about him to make a choice