Here’s the answer we’ve all been waiting for – the big move for the Cubs this off-season. Rudy Jaramillo will be the Cubs new hitting coach! Yippee!
Ok, I’m being a little cynical here, but it sounds like this guy Jaramillo knows what he’s doing. He has been the Texas Rangers hitting coach since 1995. During his tenure, 17 Rangers hitters have won Silver Slugger Awards; 4 Rangers hitters have won MVP Awards; 3 Rangers hitters have won HR crowns and 3 Rangers hitters have won RBI crowns. The Rangers also led the major league baseball in runs scored in 2008 with 901, but there was a big drop off in 2009 – only 784 runs scored – as the Rangers fell to 10th best in baseball.
The Cubs led the National League in runs scored in 2008 with 855 runs scored (2nd only to the Rangers in all of MLB). But in 2008, several players underperformed under Gerald Perry and Von Joshua and the club scored only 707 runs total – 9th worst in all of baseball behind such poor teams as the Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles and Cleveland Indians. A move had to be made from outside the system, as the Cubs released Perry and moved Joshua back to his hitting coach role at Triple-A Iowa.
The Cubs have received permission to negotiate with Jaramillo, who was only offered a 1-year contract by the Rangers organization for 2010. Jaramillo had this to say about his situation – “This is my decision. I want to go out there and see where I stand in the game.”
If the Cubs do get Jaramillo, let’s hope something improves in 2010. Given how badly Geovany Soto, Alfonso Soriano and Mike Fontenot hit in 2009 (not to mention Milton Bradley who will likely not be back with the team), it really can’t get much worse.