Posted on 07 December 2010 by Lou
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.
Posted on 24 November 2010 by Lou
Could Greg Maddux be the next Chicago Cubs’ pitching coach? With the departure of long-time pitching coach Larry Rothschild to the New York Yankees, the Cubs have indicated that they will promote someone from within the organization to be the team’s next pitching coach. Could that person be Greg Maddux?
While in theory it would be great to have a Ryne Sandberg Manager / Greg Maddux Pitching Coach Dynamic Duo, in reality, that is just not going to happen anytime soon. Maddux took the assistant to General Manager role because it gave him a lot of flexibility to be able to spend time with his family at this stage in his life. It is unlikely that Maddux will give that up right now to take on the difficult task of being a major league pitching coach on a daily basis.
Look for the Cubs to go with one of the following – Mark Riggins is the Cubs minor league roving coach who has a ton of experience and has pretty much worked with every single Cubs minor league pitcher for a long time. Riggins could be the front runner. The Cubs current bullpen coach Lester Strode is also a top candidate. The Cubs could also go with one of the current pitching coach’s at the minor league level – Mike Mason at Triple-A Iowa or Dennis Lewallyn at Double-A Tennessee. Look for the Cubs to make an announcement shortly after the Thanksgiving holiday next week.