The Chicago Cubs have hired former MLB infielder Mark Loretta as their new bench coach, the team announced Wednesday.
Loretta, who spent 15 seasons in the big leagues, comes to the Cubs from the San Diego Padres’ front office, where he has worked since he retired in January of 2010.
Loretta is replacing Brandon Hyde, who recently accepted the Baltimore Orioles’ managerial position. He is the second straight Cubs bench coach to become a big league manager, as Dave Martinez was hired as the skipper for the Washington Nationals the season before.
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The Cubs also announced that former big league pitcher Bob Tewksbury as their mental skills coordinator. Tewksbury, known primarily as a pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals, went back to school after his baseball career and earned a Master’s Degree in Sport Psychology and Counseling from Boston University.
Tewksbury then served as the mental skills coordinator for the Boston Red Sox from 2004-13.
According to the Daily Herald, Tewksbury is essentially taking over for sports psychologist Ken Ravizza, who passed away during the 2018 baseball season.