Whatever the reasons behind the Cubs’ decision to let pitching coach Chris Bosio go, he’s now one of the most coveted commodities in a market flush with respected names. Come to think of it, that’s probably part of why he’s looking for a new gig.
Jim Hickey parted ways with Tampa after a decade there and was instantly viewed as the favorite to replace Derek Lilliquist in St. Louis. But he’s got a great relationship with Joe Maddon and could be enticed to get the band back together in Chicago now that a spot has come open with the Cubs.
That leaves the Cardinals adding more names to their wish list, with Bob Nightengale tweeting that Bosio has joined the likes of Hickey and former Nationals pitching coach Mike Maddux. The report of the Cards’ interest could simply be a matter of tying names together or even gamesmanship, but it’s worth noting that Nightengale is the one who broke the news of Bosio’s firing.
The #Stlcards still need pitching coach and expected to hire Jim Hickey, Mike Maddux or Chris Bosio
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) October 23, 2017
And the USA Today scribe had it way before any of the Cubs’ beat writers had even had a chance to confirm, so something tells me he has his finger on the pulse of the situation. The Cardinals are obviously very familiar with Bosio from his time in the NL Central and he’s equally familiar with them, so that would make sense
Wherever he ends up, Bosio is sure to land on his feet pretty quickly.