MESA, Ariz. -- The Cubs shook up their coaching staff Thursday, naming Chili Davis as the Major League hitting coach and Brian Butterfield as the third-base coach. Additionally, Andy Haines was promoted from Minor League hitting instructor to assistant hitting coach.
The remainder of manager Joe Maddon's 2018 coaching staff will be finalized at a later date, including the hiring of a new pitching coach after the Cubs elected to not exercise a club option for Chris Bosio.
Cubs name Chili Davis hitting coach, Brian Butterfield third base coach
Davis replaces John Mallee, who served as hitting coach for the past three seasons. Butterfield replaces Gary Jones, who has been on the staff since 2014. Haines replaces Eric Hinske, took the job as the Angels' hitting coach.
Davis, 57, in 2018 will mark his seventh season as a Major League hitting coach, previously spending three seasons with the Athletics (2012-14) and three with the Red Sox (2015-17).
Butterfield, 59, will begin his 22nd season as a coach at the Major League level in 2018, including his 18th as a third-base coach. He started as first-base coach for the Yankees from 1994-95 and continued as third-base coach for the D-backs from 1998-2000 before joining the Blue Jays for 11 seasons from 2002-12, including nine seasons as third-base coach ('02-07, '10-12) and two as bench coach ('08-09). Haines, 40, joined the Cubs' organization as Minor League hitting coordinator prior to the 2016 campaign after spending the previous seven years in the Marlins organization, most recently as manager of Triple-A New Orleans for two years from 2014-15.
Mallee issued a statement on Thursday.
"I would like to thank the Chicago Cubs for the amazing opportunity to be part of a great tradition and organization for the last three years," the statement read. "I left a great Houston Astros org to be closer to home with my family and to help my hometown team win a World Series. We did that. I have no regrets and stand by my work. I wish nothing but the best for the Cubs organization and all the amazing people I met along the way, especially my hitters."
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