By Todd Johnson
#Cubs will not bring back Chili Davis as their hitting coach in 2019.
— Patrick Mooney (@PJ_Mooney) October 11, 2018
And just like that, the Cubs will have their third hitting coach in three years.
I am not so sure that is a good thing and I am not so sure it is a bad thing. Then again, it might get ugly. Or, maybe it already is.
The Cubs inability to score more than a run for 1/4 of their games was the likely reason for Chili’s downfall. Add in the regression of Kris Bryant (who was injured), Ian Happ, Willson Contreras, Kyle Schwarber, and other top players did not help Chili’s case to stay one more year.
It is going to be tough to find a new hitting coach for a few reasons. The most pertinent being that Manager Joe Maddon is only signed through 2019. As a result, the Cubs cannot offer that coach anything more than a one year deal. In addition to those two aspects, the scrutiny of being the third hitting coach in three years is going to be unbelievable.
Whoever the Cubs go out and get is going to have just a few objectives.
1. Improve run production
2. Improve the ability of hitters to make productive outs
3. Improve the production of Bryant, Willson, Happ, Schwarber, and more.
5. Win a World Series
If successful, that hitting coach will be quite in demand. Then again, the Cubs would be wise to sign that hitting coach to a 1 year deal with options.
It’s easy to understand that this new hitting coach’s fortunes will be tied to the Cubs success and with a career path identical to Joe’s. I am just wondering who is going to sign on for all those objectives and demands of the job?