Cubs Fire Pitching Coach Chris Bosio

Earlier, Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein was disappointed with the high walk rate by the Chicago relievers, calling it "unacceptable".

According to Nightengale, Cubs manager Joe Maddon is considering replacing Bosio with Jim Hickey, who served as the Tampa Bay Rays' pitching coach from 2006 through 2017 and was the pitching coach in Tampa for Maddon's entire tenure as manager with the organization before leaving for the Cubs.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that they have fired long-time pitching coach Chris Bosio.

Bosio, who is one of the most respected pitching coaches in baseball, was instrumental in the career resurgence of Jake Arrieta who captured the Cy Young award in 2015, and the development of 27-year-old starter Kyle Hendricks (MLB's ERA leader in 2016).

"The staff has done a great job", Maddon said Wednesday, per the Chicago Tribune.

That decision comes after a disgusting playoff performance by the team's bullpen, who posted a 6.21 ERA in ten games, and the struggles of several key relievers, including Justin Wilson and Hector Rondon.

Epstein hired Bosio in 2011, when Dale Sveum was managing the team.

Righetti, the longest-tenured pitching coach in Giants history and in the Major Leagues, occupied the position since 2000, helping the Giants win the World Series trophies in 2010, 2012 and 2014.

The Cubs have yet to officially confirm the dismissal of Bosio, nor have they made any other staff changes.

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