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Cubs hire James Rowson as full-time hitting coach

Oct 23, 2012, 12:21 PM EDT

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James Rowson took over as the Cubs’ interim hitting coach after the team fired Rudy Jaramillo in mid-June and today he got the full-time job.

Chicago also gave assistant general manager Randy Bush a three-year contract extension and hired Reds Triple-A manager David Bell as third base coach, where he’ll replace Pat Listach.

When the Cubs fired Jaramillo they were hitting .247 with a .689 OPS while averaging 3.7 runs per game. After replacing him with Rowson they hit .235 with a .674 OPS while averaging 3.8 runs per game.

Sometimes the grass is the same exact shade of green on the other side.

  1. mybrunoblog - Oct 23, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Reports say Theo Epstein actually stumbled across Rowson in the ivy at Wrigley Field. Theo pulled Rowson out from the ivy and Rowson said “Derek Lee, .335 in 2005”. Epstein then hired him on the spot.

    • Alex K - Oct 23, 2012 at 12:52 PM

      What in the world does 2005 have to do with this?

  2. niubears - Oct 23, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    WORLD SERIES 2013 here we come!!!!!

  3. Francisco (FC) - Oct 23, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Ever since it was pointed out how the Cubs are the only team in MLB to use the trademark symbol in their logo I CAN’T stop noticing it.

  4. dexterismyhero - Oct 23, 2012 at 4:13 PM


  5. natstowngreg - Oct 23, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Amazing how many teams think that hiring a new hitting coach will overcome a lack of actual hitting talent.

  6. jeffbbf - Oct 23, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    I think there was a difference is philosophy between Theo and Rudy – Theo is more of the Moneyball, see alot of pitches and get on base, while Rudy had more of a hack and slash approach. I’m sure any President/GM would want a hitting coach that bought into the organization philosophy. I have no idea who James Rowson is, though. Lifetime Cub fan, and I didn’t even know he was hired during the season. I guess I checked out early this year.

  7. tashkalucy - Oct 23, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    Good to see Buddy Bell’s son moving up.

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