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Eric Hinske joins the Cubs’ coaching staff

Dec 3, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

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Eric Hinske isn’t wasting any time going from playing to coaching, joining new Cubs manager Rick Renteria’s staff as first base coach.

Hinske played for the Diamondbacks this year, hitting .173 in 52 games to finish up a 12-season career in which he won a Rookie of the Year award and then went on to play for seven different teams. He was released by Arizona in July.

Hinske was originally drafted by the Cubs in 1998, but never played for Chicago because he was traded to the A’s for Miguel Cairo in 2001 (and then later traded to the Blue Jays for Billy Koch that same year).

  1. proudlycanadian - Dec 3, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Good luck Eric.

  2. phillysports1 - Dec 3, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    What in the world ? Kenny lofton would of been a perfect fit .

  3. mick2014 - Dec 3, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Chubby, slow guys don’t make good 1B coaches. I’d prefer to see a guy like Mitch Webster coaching 1B.

  4. capvl99 - Dec 3, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    What?! I didn’t realize that speed was a requirement for a good first base coach? I guess at least for home games with the dugout on the first base side, he will have a little longer to run back and forth between innings. If you are concerned about a slow first base coach holding up the game a little, I guess I get you point, otherwise what?!!!!!

    • capvl99 - Dec 3, 2013 at 5:42 PM

      I meant third base side.

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