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Ryan Flaherty is going to be named Cubs bench coach

He’s a former Cubs draft pick.

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One vacancy on the Cubs coaching staff has been filled, per Britt Ghiroli of The Athletic:

Ryan Flaherty comes full circle, as he was a first-round pick (41st overall) of the Cubs in 2008 out of Vanderbilt. (Dansby Swanson connection, perhaps?) That’s a supplemental pick, the Cubs’ overall No. 1 pick that year was Andrew Cashner.

Flaherty spent four years in the Cubs minor league system, including going to the Arizona Fall League in 2010, and then he was left unprotected after 2011. The Orioles chose him in the Rule 5 Draft.

He played six years for Baltimore, mostly as a backup infielder, and also a year in Atlanta and one in Cleveland. From 2019-22 he was a scout and development coach for the Padres, and served as their bench coach in 2023. He was also briefly acting manager in San Diego in 2022 when Bob Melvin was in COVID protocol. The photo of him above is from that time.

Beyond that, the most fun fact I can post about him is that he’s Nick Markakis’ brother-in-law. Flaherty’s wife is Markakis’ wife’s sister.

Welcome Ryan Flaherty back to the Cubs family!


Ryan Flaherty, new Cubs bench coach

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