Cubs Dismiss Hitting Coach Rudy Jaramillo

Minor League hitting coordinator promoted in the interim

By Lindsay Smith
|  Tuesday, Jun 12, 2012  |  Updated 2:48 PM CDT
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Cubs Dismiss Hitting Coach Rudy Jaramillo

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The Cubs have dismissed multi-million dollar hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo, the organization announced Tuesday.

Jaramillo, who signed with the Cubs in 2009 after successful runs with the Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers, was released Tuesday after spending three years with the organization. The Cubs were not clear on why he was dismissed.

The Cubs announced that Jaramillo's replacement in the interim would be the organization's minor league hitting coordinator, James Rowson.

Rowson joined the Cubs just this year. His previous coaching experience includes six years with the New York Yankees and four years with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Most recently he served as the Yankees' minor league hitting coordinator from 2008 to 2011.

Rowson started his baseball career as an outfielder when he was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 1994. He spent three years as a Mariner and one year as a Yankee.

Tom Beyers will replace Rowson as minor league hitting coordinator in the interim.

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