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Cubs fire pitching coach Bosio
Chris Bosio is out as the Chicago Cubs’ pitching coach after six seasons.
A person familiar with the situation said the team will not pick up his contract option for next season. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the move has not been announced.
USA Today first reported the decision.
Bosio’s dismissal comes after the Cubs were eliminated by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL Championship Series.
Bosio worked under three managers in Chicago and helped oversee a transformation of the pitching staff that contributed to a drought-busting World Series Championship last year and three straight trips to the NLCS.
He helped Jake Arrieta develop into a Cy Young Award winner and built up mid-level pitchers such as Scott Feldman and Jason Hammel that the Cubs traded for key players.
Feldman was dealt to Baltimore in the Arrieta deal. Hammel and Jeff Samardzija were traded to Oakland for Addison Russell.
But the bullpen faltered in the playoffs this year. President of baseball operations Theo Epstein also pointed to season-long control issues.
Giants reassign Righetti • The San Francisco Giants have reassigned longtime pitching coach Dave Righetti from manager Bruce Bochy’s field staff to special assistant to the general manager, working under Bobby Evans.
The club announced Righetti’s role change to the front office Saturday, along with bullpen coach Mark Gardner moving into a special assignment job assisting in pitching evaluations. Assistant hitting coach Steve Decker is now a special assistant in baseball operations.
San Francisco went 64-98 for a last-place finish in the NL West and avoided the franchise’s first 100-loss season since 1985 during the final weekend of the regular season. The Giants, long defined by dominant pitching, had a 16th-ranked 4.50 team ERA.