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Friday, November 15, 2019

Cubs expected to hire Mike Napoli — David Ross’ former teammate — as quality assurance coach

David Ross will not only be managing former teammates with the Cubs in 2020, but he’ll be coaching alongside one, too.

The Cubs are expected to add former MLB catcher Mike Napoli to Ross’ coaching staff, per multiple reports. Napoli will assume the title of quality assurance coach, vacated by Chris Denorfia, who held the position for one season.

Napoli played in parts of 12 big-league seasons from 2006-17 with the Angels, Rangers, Red Sox and Indians. He won the 2013 World Series with Boston — alongside Ross and Cubs starter Jon Lester — and was also a key figure with the 2016 Indians, whom the Cubs defeated in the World Series. He finished his career with a .246/.346/.475 slash line with 267 home runs.

Still trying to figure out what, exactly, a “quality assurance coach” is meant to do…..

 

QLE Posted: November 15, 2019 at 01:10 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, mike napoli, quality assurance

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Two former major leaguers are upset Alex Bregman carried bat to first base on World Series homer

Alex Bregman broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the first inning with a solo homer, ripping a Stephen Strasburg fastball into the seats in left field. Bregman was so caught up in his achievement that he carried the bat all the way to first base. He tried to hand it off to first base coach Don Kelly, but they muffed the transfer. Bregman had a laugh about it as he rounded the bases.

At least two former players aren’t happy about Bregman’s antics. Mike Napoli called him a “douche” on Twitter. Mike Morse was a little more diplomatic, suggesting Bregman was “asking to get someone hurt on your team… next year.”

Wondering what it says that the upshot of this to me is confirming that Mike Napoli counts as a former player…..

 

QLE Posted: October 30, 2019 at 12:37 AM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: alex bregman, bats, mike morse, mike napoli

 

 

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