Jaramillo Excited to Have Byrd on Cubs in 2010

Posted on 04 January 2010 by Lou

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While most Cubs fans are thrilled to have a solid center fielder for the 2010 MLB schedule, new hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo may be the most excited.  Having coached Marlon Byrd in each of the last 3 seasons in Texas (his average numbers during that span are .295 batting average, .352 on-base percentage and .468 slugging percentage), Jaramillo knows exactly what Byrd brings to the table each and every day.

Here’s what Jaramillo had to say about GM Jim Hendry’s latest signing: “He made a lot of adjustments.  Every year, he got better. I’m real excited about him coming over there.  He brings a lot of energy and leadership.  He wants to win. Those are things that are going to help me out.  I talked to him the other day and I told him we’ve got our work cut out for us…  Our park was a big park with big gaps and he was outstanding covering those gaps.  He threw the ball well and accurately.  It’s what he brings to the club – his energy, he’s always working hard and playing hard.  It’s going to be good.”

Byrd set career highs in several categories during the 2009 MLB schedule – 155 hits, 20 HR’s, 89 RBI’s, 43 doubles and 146 games played.  Hendry rewarded that output with a 3-year deal worth $15 million.  Let’s hope Byrd performs well on the field in 2010 for the Cubs.  If Byrd turns out to be another one of those players who Hendry signs at the downward turn of their careers – Alfonso Soriano, Kosuke Fukudome, Milton Bradley, etc. – it could mean the end of the Hendry era as we know it following the 2010 campaign.  And that might not be a bad thing…

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