Cubs Fire Pitching Coach Chris Bosio

Report Cubs fire pitching coach Chris Bosio after six seasons with team

President of baseball operations Theo Epstein didn't go that far during Friday afternoon's end-of-season news conference at Wrigley Field, but he did say: "Rest assured, Joe will have every coach back that he wants back".

The Chicago Cubs have fired pitching coach Chris Bosio on Saturday according to multiple reports including USA Today.

The 54-year-old Bosio, who pitched 11 seasons in the majors, joined the Cubs coaching staff in 2012 and had been widely hailed for his work.

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.

The Cubs have yet to officially confirm the dismissal of Bosio, nor have they made any other staff changes. They then advanced to the NLCS for the third consecutive season, but fell to Los Angeles in five games.

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One likely candidate to replace Bosio for the Cubs is Joe Maddon's former pitching coach Jim Hickey in Tampa Bay from 2006-2014.

Bosio's pitching staff was less than stellar playoffs, issuing 53 walks in 10 postseason games. Veteran pitching coach Mike Maddux, recently let go by the Nationals, also would have interest in interviewing for the opening, a source told ESPN.

Bosio was primarily a starter from 1986 through 1996 with the Milwaukee Brewers and Seattle Mariners, posting a career record of 94-93 with a 3.96 ERA. Davis converted 32 of 33 saves after a trade from Kansas City last winter, but the three-time All-Star was shaky this postseason with a 4.26 ERA.

But the bullpen faltered in the playoffs this year.

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