Mallee hired as hitting coach as Cubs finalize staff

Mallee hired as hitting coach as Cubs finalize staff

The Cubs announced a series of changes to their 2015 coaching staff on Thursday, with the addition of John Mallee as hitting coach and Doug Dascenzo as first base/outfield coach.

Former first base/outfield coach Eric Hinske will move to assistant hitting coach.

Chris Bosio (pitching coach), Brandon Hyde (bench coach), Gary Jones (third base/infield coach), Lester Strode (bullpen coach), Mike Borzello (catching and strategy coach), Jose Castro (quality assurance coach) and Franklin Font (staff assistant) will return in their current roles.

Mallee will be in his fifth season as a Major League hitting coach and first with the Cubs. He previously held that position with the Marlins (2010-11) and Astros (2013-14). Overall, he has 19 seasons of experience in pro baseball.

Hinske, a former Cubs Draft pick and 12-year Major Leaguer, joined the Cubs' staff last year. Dascenzo, 50, returns to the organization that also drafted him in 1985 and for whom he played five seasons (1988-92). He served as the Braves' third-base coach last year, his first season as a big league coach.

Joey Nowak is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.