The Chicago Cubs have named Mark Riggins their new pitching coach. Riggins, 53, has been the Cubs minor league pitching coordinator since 2008 and has had a lot of experience with most of the pitchers projected to make the Cubs starting roster in 2011. Previously, Riggins spent 29 years with the St. Louis Cardinals organization — as a minor league pitcher, minor league coach and manager and minor league pitching coordinator. Riggins was a major league pitching coach for only 1 season in the big leagues – during Joe Torre’s final season as Cardinals manager back in 1995.
Riggins beat out Lester Strode who has served as the Cubs bullpen coach for several seasons now. Strode will stay on as the Cubs bullpen coach under Manager Mike Quade. The Cubs found themselves with a pitching coach void when Jim Hendry left for the New York Yankees less than a month ago.