"It's just a great opportunity," Quirk said. "When Dale Sveum was interviewing, he asked me if I'd be interested if he gets any of the jobs, and he got the Cubs. I talked with [Cubs president of baseball operations] Theo [Epstein] and passed that test, and called [former Astros general manager] Ed [Wade] for permission and all that. I was excited.
Quirk also told MLB.com that he is looking forward to getting back in the dugout and being in a position to potentially have a greater impact on what happens during games. Quirk spent two years with Houston as the bullpen coach; he also served as bench coach for the Colorado Rockies from 2003-2008.