New Cubs’ manager Dale Sveum will have some familiar company on the bench next season.
Chris Bosio confirmed to the Appleton Post-Crescent this afternoon that he has accepted an offer to be the Cubs’ pitching coach. Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that an official announcement is expected next week.
Bosio, who pitched 11 seasons in the big leagues, served as an advanced scout with the Brewers organization this season before being promoted to pitching coach with Triple-A Nashville in September.
Sveum and Bosio have plenty of history together. They were teammates from 1986-1991 and also spent the final two months of the 2009 season on the Brewers’ coaching staff.
Bosio will replace former pitching coach Mark Riggins, who saw the Cubs’ staff finish 25th in the majors this past season with a 4.33 ERA.
UPDATE: According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, the Cubs have confirmed that Bosio will indeed be the pitching coach.
Fellow second basemen Javier Baez of the Cubs and D.J. LeMahieu of the Rockies got into a disagreement in the top of the third inning of Sunday’s game at Coors Field over sign-stealing.
LeMahieu reached on a fielder’s choice ground out, then advanced to second base on Charlie Blackmon‘s single. While Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story were batting, Baez was concerned that LeMahieu was relaying the Cubs’ signs to his teammates. Baez decided to stand in front of LeMahieu to block any information he might have been giving to Arenado and Story. LeMahieu got irritated and the two jawed at each other for a bit. Umpires Vic Carapazza and Greg Gibson had to intervene to tell Baez to knock it off.
There has always been a back-and-forth with alleged sign-stealing. As long as teams aren’t using technology to steal signs, it’s fair game for players to relay information to their teammates about the opposing team’s signs. Last year, MLB determined the Red Sox went against the rules and used technology — an Apple watch in this case — to steal signs from the Yankees. Other teams in the past have been accused of using binoculars from the bullpen to steal signs. In this particular case with Baez and LeMahieu, there was no foul play going on, just Baez trying to make the Rockies cede what he perceived to be their slight competitive advantage.
The Cubs went on to beat the Rockies 9-7 on Sunday.