Cubs to hire Bill Buckner as Single-A hitting coach

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Bobby Valentine wanted to add Bill Buckner to his Red Sox coaching staff, but the team’s upper management reportedly balked at the idea and now Buckner has taken a minor-league gig elsewhere.

Jeremy Schaap of ESPN.com reports that the Cubs have hired Bucker as their new hitting coach for the Single-A Boise Hawks, which makes sense given that Buckner lives in Idaho.

Buckner hasn’t coached in the majors since 1997, when he was the White Sox’s hitting coach, but spent this past season managing the independent league Brockton Rox to a 51-42 record.

Bucker played five seasons for the Red Sox and is most famous for his miscue in the 1986 World Series, but he also played eight seasons for the Cubs and his best years came in Chicago.

Francisco Cervelli shines in his Braves debut

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Last week the Pittsburgh Pirates released Francisco Cervelli. Yesterday he was signed by the Braves. Atlanta gave him the start behind the plate and he went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three runs driven in to help his new team to victory over the Mets. Welcome to Atlanta, Frankie.

Cervelli had been rehabbing from a concussion and hadn’t seen big league action since late May. He was ready to come back, though, and the Pirates — who are going nowhere — gave him his release so that he might join a contender for the stretch run.

The performance he put up last night, obviously will not be the norm for him going forward. But it’s also the case that his early 2019 batting line of .193/.279/.248 is not indicative of his talent level either. He posted an .809 OPS (122 OPS+) in 2018, and if he gives Atlanta anything even approaching his usual production it’ll help stabilize a shaky catching situation for the Braves.