The new Chicago Cubs manager has begun sifting through his staff decisions, announcing today that they Cubs will retain the services of widely-respected hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo.
Jaramillo served as the hitting coach for the Texas Rangers from 1995 through 2009 when the Cubs signed him away, making him one of the highest paid coaches in the MLB.
In 2011, the Cubs score 654 runs, good for 8th best in the NL, while only walking in 6.9% of their plate appearances -- second-worst in the NL and MLB. The Cubs young shortstop Starlin Castro led the NL in hits last year despite sporting an only above-average .307/.341/.432 split.
Sveum, however, did not renew the contracts of first-base coach Bob Dernier and third-base coach Ivan DeJesus.
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