There’s a report Monday afternoon from Patrick Mooney and Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic about a new Cubs coaching hire:
The Cubs are hiring Greg Brown as their lead hitting coach, sources told The Athletic on Monday, adding an experienced teacher and a strong talent evaluator to David Ross’ major-league staff.
Brown, 41, spent the last two seasons as Tampa Bay’s minor-league hitting coordinator, gaining exposure to one of baseball’s most innovative organizations. Before that jump back into professional baseball, Brown won 316 games during his nine seasons as the head baseball coach at Nova Southeastern University in Florida.
As noted by Mooney and Sharma, the Rays are “one of baseball’s most innovative organizations.” So I like this already.
There’s obviously no official announcement coming on this right now since we’re still in the middle of the World Series, but I would expect this to be announced soon after the Fall Classic ends.
I have also reached out to some of my SB Nation colleagues at DRays Bay for more information about Brown and when I receive replies and this hire is made official, I’ll post more. At first glance, though, this looks like a good one.