Cubs Fire Pitching Coach Chris Bosio

Annette Crawford
October 21, 2017

The Cubs have fired pitching coach Chris Bosio, a source tells 670 The Score's Bruce Levine.

Bosio spent six years as the Cubs' pitching coach, joining the organization with then-manager Dale Sveum.

Former Tampa Bay Rays pitching coach Jim Hickey, who worked with Maddon, is a strong contender, as is former Washington Nationals pitching coach Mike Maddux, who was let go after Dusty Baker was sacked as the team's manager on Friday.

The move appears to be Maddon's decision.

As the Cubs pursue a replacement for Bosio, two names have immediately emerged as front runners. "Our staff's been awesome".

The Cubs have yet to officially confirm the dismissal of Bosio, nor have they made any other staff changes.

Theo Epstein said the decision would ultimately be Maddon's.

He was brought onto Joe Maddon's coaching staff in 2015.

"Rest assured, every coach that [Joe] wants back he will have back", Epstein said in a press conference Friday. He was instrumental in helping Jake Arrieta resurge as an elite pitcher and Kyle Hendricks develop into the reliable starter he is today. His most notable success: transforming Jake Arrieta from a marginal Major League Baseball pitcher (5.46 ERA in 69 appearances with the Orioles) into a Cy Young Award victor.

The Cubs pitching staff struggled with command this year, especially in the bullpen.

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