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Bosio says he is new pitching coach for Cubs

Bosio says he is new pitching coach for Cubs

Bosio says he is new pitching coach for Cubs
MILWAUKEE -- New Cubs manager Dale Sveum is stocking his coaching staff with a slew of former Brewers, including his new pitching coach.

The latest is Chris Bosio, the former Brewers right-hander who most recently was the pitching coach at Milwaukee's top Minor League affiliate. He told the Appleton (Wis.) Post-Crescent on Friday that he had been hired as the Cubs' pitching coach.

The Cubs would not confirm the hire. They are expected to announce a full coaching staff next week.

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Sveum, until two weeks ago, was the Brewers' hitting coach. Jamie Quirk, who earlier this week told MLB.com that he'd been hired as Sveum's bench coach, played for Milwaukee in 1977. Pat Listach, who in 1992 became the first Brewer to win a Rookie of the Year Award, was the Cubs' bench coach last season and is expected to return in some capacity under Sveum. And Craig Counsell is reportedly a candidate for a position under Sveum should he choose to retire as a player.

"All of those long-suffering Cubs fans, their will to win, their want to win, their passion to win, it's going to be a lot of good energy," Bosio told the Post-Crescent, his hometown newspaper. He lives in Combined Locks, Wis., about 100 miles north of Milwaukee.

"It's going to be agonizing at times, and rewarding as well," Bosio said. "That's the rigors of the season. But we're going to try and create some magic at Wrigley."

Sveum and Bosio first met in 1979 playing high school football against each other in California, according to the newspaper. They were Brewers teammates from 1986-91 and on the coaching staff together late in the 2009 season, when Bosio took over as interim pitching coach for the fired Bill Castro.

The Cubs have the makings of a solid starting rotation, with right-handers Matt Garza, Ryan Dempster and Randy Wells set at three spots. Jeff Samardzija had expressed a preference for starting and could be an option. The wild card is right-hander Carlos Zambrano, a capable but caustic former All-Star who was suspended for much of the second half after a blowup in August.

At the time, it seemed clear that Zambrano's Cubs career was over. But Theo Epstein, the club's new president of baseball operations, has already met with Zambrano this winter, and the door remains open for the player to earn his way back onto the team. Zambrano is owed $18 million next season.

"There's a reason he has a 125-81 career record," Bosio said, according to the newspaper. "He's overpowering at times and he's a competitor first and foremost. Those are great qualities to have when you're looking for a front-line starting pitcher. But he lets his emotions get the best of him. That's what makes him tick, but he has to get those under control a little more. Like a lot of guys with high emotions, he can be his own worst enemy. At times he's strung too tight."

Bosio, 48, was the Brewers' second-round Draft pick in 1982 and pitched parts of 11 seasons in the Majors, going 94-93 with a 3.96 ERA. He threw a no-hitter for the Mariners on April 12, 1993, against the Red Sox.

Since throwing his last Major League pitch in 1996, Bosio has served as a coach and a scout for the Brewers, Mariners and Rays. This is his second stint as a Major League pitching coach -- he filled the role under Lou Piniella with the Rays in 2003.

Bosio was an advance scout for the Brewers in 2010, and took over as the pitching coach at Triple-A Nashville in June 2011 after incumbent Rich Gale resigned for personal reasons. In September, the Brewers announced that Bosio would be back with the Sounds for 2012, but now they need a replacement.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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