Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com reports that Houston hitting coach John Mallee has left the Astros to become the Cubs’ new hitting coach just days after the team parted ways with hitting coach Bill Mueller.
Mallee spent the past two seasons as the Astros’ hitting coach under manager Bo Porter and Brian McTaggart of MLB.com says he could have stayed on the job under new manager A.J. Hinch, but the Chicago native wanted to return home. Eric Hinske will serve as the Cubs’ assistant hitting coach.
Prior to joining the Astros he was the Marlins’ hitting coach in 2010 and 2011 and has a whole bunch of coaching experience in the minors. So he fits what Cubs president Theo Epstein was looking for as a veteran hitting coach with a lengthy track record, although certainly the quality of that track record is up for debate.