Cubs reportedly fire pitching coach Chris Bosio

Ruben Hill
October 22, 2017

However, Epstein did say "rest assured, Joe will have every coach back that he wants back".

Chris Bosio is out as the Chicago Cubs' pitching coach after six seasons.

Epstein hired Bosio in 2011, when Dale Sveum was managing the team.

Bosio, whose work with pitchers like Jake Arrieta and Kyle Hendricks has made him a widely respected figure in the city, will likely be a hot commodity, but the Cubs have decided that it's time for a new voice in the role.

Those win-later trades combined with Bosio's expertise led to a 2016 major-league ERA leader (Kyle Hendricks) and a 2015 NL Cy Young Award victor (Jake Arrieta) plus setup guys Pedro Strop and Carl Edwards Jr. and All-Star shortstop Addison Russell. It's a tightly knit group. They then advanced to the NLCS for the third consecutive season, but fell to Los Angeles in five games.

Possible candidates to replace Bosio include Jim Hickey, the former Rays pitching coach who worked with Maddon in Tampa Bay, and former Red Sox manager and pitching coach John Farrell, who worked with Epstein in Boston.

Bosio's pitching staff was less than stellar playoffs, issuing 53 walks in 10 postseason games.

Another candidate that could be on the radar is former Nationals pitching coach Mike Maddux who was let go with the housecleaning the team did this week with Dusty Baker and his entire staff.

The Cubs also could again be in the market for a closer, after Aroldis Chapman went back to the Yankees last offseason.

The 2017 campaign was a nightmarish one for the Giants from top to bottom, however, as they finished 64-98 and missed the playoffs. Edwards - like Montgomery - pitched well during the regular season.

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