Reports: Cubs fire pitching coach Bosio

From ESPN - October 21, 2017

The Chicago Cubs have fired pitching coach Chris Bosio, according to multiple reports Saturday.

Bosio had been with the Cubs since 2012, joining the franchise when Theo Epstein became team president.

Under his watch, Jake Arrieta won the Cy Young Award in 2015 and Kyle Hendricks led the majors with a 2.13 ERA in 2016.

Earlier this week, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said he'd thought the coaching staff would stay intact heading into next season.

"Of course," Maddon said Wednesday, before the Cubs were eliminated by the Dodgers in the National League Championship Series. "Listen, the staff's done a great job. Our staff's been awesome. It's a tightly knit group. Really, there's a lot of synergy involved."

A former major league pitcher, Bosio previously served on the coaching staffs of the Tampa Bay Rays and Milwaukee Brewers.

According to USA Today Sports, which first reported Bosio's firing, the Cubs are considering former Rays pitching coach Jim Hickey for the opening.

A year after rallying to beat Cleveland for their first World Series title since 1908, the Cubs used a second-half push to win their second straight NL Central title. They then advanced to the NLCS for the third consecutive season, but fell to Los Angeles in five games.


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