The Chicago Cubs are busy reshaping their coaching staff, and yet another member of that staff is headed to another team.
That coach is assistant hitting coach Eric Hinske, who will join the Los Angeles Angels to be their hitting coach. Hinske, who has been with the Cubs since 2014, started out as the team’s first base coach but ultimately took on the assistant job when Joe Maddon joined the team in 2015.
Hinske isn’t the only coach who could be heading elsewhere. According to multiple reports, Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez is interviewing with the Washington Nationals for their managerial job. Martinez, who also interviewed for the Cubs’ manager’s job in 2014 before the team hired Rick Renteria, has been with Maddon since his Tampa Bay days, and could finally get the promotion that he’s been going for.
Those moves follow the departure of Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio, whose contract option for next season was not picked up by the team. According to reports, the Cubs have already begun the process to replace him, with former Rays pitching coach Jim Hickey scheduled to meet with the team on Monday.
Hickey is also a candidate for both the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals’ pitching coach positions, but his close relationship with Maddon could be a key selling point if the Cubs offer him the position.