Craig Counsell’s coaching staff is beginning to come together with the anticipated hiring of Ryan Flaherty as the new bench coach for the Cubs, according to Britt Ghiroli.
Flaherty, who played for eight seasons from 2012-2019, transitioned into coaching in November of 2019 as an advance scout and development coach for the Padres. He was later promoted to bench coach and even served as the interim manager in 2022 when Bob Melvin was recovering from surgery. This move to the Cubs is a bit of a homecoming for Flaherty, as he was originally drafted by the team in 2008, although he never played for them. He made his MLB debut with the Orioles in 2012 after being selected from the Cubs in the Rule 5 draft in 2011.
Reports indicate that the Cubs will also be keeping hitting coach Dustin Kelly and pitching coach Tommy Hottovy, who both previously worked under David Ross. Hottovy has been with the Cubs as pitching coach since December 2018, while last season was Kelly’s first as the team’s hitting coach.
The Cubs made headlines by hiring Craig Counsell away from the Milwaukee Brewers, while Ross was still employed by the team.
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