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The Cubs fire hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo

Jun 12, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

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The Chicago Cubs just announced that they have fired hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo. They have named James Rowson, their minor league hitting coordinator, as the interim major league hitting coach.

The Cubs hired Jaramillo away from the Texas Rangers following the 2009 season. He was given a three-year, $2.42 million contract which seemed kind of nuts for a hitting coach. Part of the appeal at the time was that he had just been with new free agent-signee Milton Bradley in Texas and it was thought that following him up to Chicago was a good idea. Hey, who knew?

Not that Jaramillo was purely a Milton Bradley Whisperer. He was well-respected as a hitting instructor for years, and it was felt that he’d be a good fit with the Cubs.  With an entirely new management team in place, however, and with his contract nearing its end, it seems likely that the Cubs just want to have someone in place who can work with the rebuilding program.

  1. El Bravo - Jun 12, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Castro should be the hitting coach. Everyone else should be Castro’s fielding coach.

  2. deathmonkey41 - Jun 12, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    They should try to lure Hensely Muelens away from the Giants with a hefty financial offer.

  3. drkincaid - Jun 12, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    I guess Rudy CAN fail.

  4. 18thstreet - Jun 12, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    A three-year contract for a hitting coach? Is that ever done?

    • dondada10 - Jun 12, 2012 at 4:26 PM

      The Mets did something similar with Rick Peterson in their never ending quest to be the Oakland A’s of the East.

  5. hoopmatch - Jun 12, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    He may end up with Le Tigres, whose fans have been calling for Lloyd McClendon’s head (not to mention Jim Leyland’s) for some time now.

  6. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 12, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    I really thought Rudy would make way more of an impact. What a shame. I was thrilled when they signed him away from Texas.

  7. deathmonkey41 - Jun 12, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    Hitting coaches can only do so much. I admit- I bash Kevin Long from the Yankees a lot, but if the guys aren’t listening, what is he supposed to do?

  8. nhuskerjj - Jun 12, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    I’m going to try to say this as anonymous as possible. I know Rudy and I know for a fact he was not fired for performance. He was not going back there next year, no one is going to get that team hitting. It’s a minor league team. Theo and him did not see eye to eye. I know that for a fact also. That dude is as competitive as anyone and is still the best hitting coach out there. I may be biased but ask any player that comes and works with him every off season.

    • jwbiii - Jun 13, 2012 at 2:02 AM

      Right. Philosophical differences. Theo and Jed are take ‘n’ rake guys, Rudy is a see ball, hit ball guy. He’s good, he’ll get another job in an organization more aligned to his way of thinking.

  9. jason1214 - Jun 12, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    He was fired for performance, and clearly Cubs wanted to go different direction now, not later. Anything else is blah, blah, blah.

  10. jckid21 - Jun 12, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    I got this on good authority from the higher ups in the Cubs organization Rudy was fired because Theo caught him putting too much pine tar on nhuskerjj bat and apparently it exploded cork all over the locker room. True story!

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