Martinez reunites with Maddon as Cubs' bench coach

Hyde shifts to first-base duties as Chicago finalizes field staff

Martinez reunites with Maddon as Cubs' bench coach

CHICAGO -- Joe Maddon will get to keep his bench coach, Dave Martinez.

The Cubs announced Thursday that Martinez, 50, will join Maddon's coaching staff, and that Brandon Hyde, who was the bench coach last season, will shift to first-base coach.

Doug Dascenzo, who was named the Cubs first-base coach in early October, will remain in the Cubs organization as an outfield and baserunning coordinator, working with both the Major League and Minor League players.

In early October, the Cubs finalized the coaching staff, but at that time, Rick Renteria was the manager. On Oct. 31, Renteria was dismissed to make room for Maddon, who had opted out of his contract with the Rays and signed a five-year, $25 million deal to manage the Cubs.

Martinez was one of the original candidates to replace Maddon as the Rays manager but in late November, he was told he was not in the final three and decided to leave Tampa Bay. He was Maddon's bench coach for seven seasons with the Rays, beginning in 2008.

Martinez will be coming back to the team that first drafted him back in 1983 in the third round. He played four seasons with the Cubs -- 1986-88 and again in 2000 -- and spent 16 years as a player with nine total teams.

Hyde, 41, joined the Cubs as the Minor League field coordinator in December 2011 and was promoted to director of player development in August 2012 before joining the big league staff this past season. The 2014 season was his first in the dugout since serving as the Marlins' bench coach from June 23, 2010, through the 2011 season.

The rest of Maddon's coaching staff includes Chris Bosio (pitching coach), Gary Jones (third-base coach), John Mallee (hitting coach), Lester Strode (bullpen coach), Mike Borzello (catching and strategy coach), Eric Hinske (assistant hitting coach), Henry Blanco (quality assurance coach) and Franklin Font (staff assistant).

Blanco, 43, had been the only new coach added prior to Martinez. The former catcher completed a 25-year professional career last season when he retired with the D-backs at the end of Spring Training. He immediately joined the club's big league coaching staff as an assistant.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.