Given the disasterous season the Cubs have experienced thus far, it wasn't going to be a surprise when some heads started to roll.
On Tuesday, the Cubs announced the firing of hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo.
#Cubs dismissed hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo & named James Rowson, minor league hitting coordinator, as interim major league hitting coach.— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) June 12, 2012
Rowson joined the Cubs this offseason after 6 seasons with the Yankees. This is his 11th season as a professional hitting coach/coordinator.— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) June 12, 2012
Jaramillo was hired in Oct. 2009 and was in his third season as Cubs hitting coach. He came highly-touted from the Texas Rangers and CBS Sports' Jon Heyman believed Jaramillo was one of the highest-paid hitting coaches in the Majors.
#cubs announce theyve dismissed rudy jaramillo. he was believed to be about best-paid hitting coach (about 750Gs)— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) June 12, 2012
But the Cubs have hit .247 as a team and are second-last in the NL with a .304 on-base percentage. It is interesting that the Cubs would announce the firing on the day of a game, rather than during Monday's off-day, but this way, it gets covered up by stories about today's game against the Tigers. A rough season for the Cubs continues to get rougher.