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Cubs hire former Red Sox coaches Brian Butterfield and Chili Davis to staff

Alex Reimer
October 26, 2017 - 1:48 pm

The mass exodus of Red Sox coaches continues. The Cubs announced Thursday they’ve added third base coach Brian Butterfield and hitting coach Chili Davis to their staff. Earlier in the day, pitching coach Carl Willis returned to his old position with the Indians.

The exits aren’t surprising, considering new manager Alex Cora has been given the freedom to build his own staff. President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski has encouraged coaches who worked under John Farrell to look elsewhere for new positions. 

Butterfield, 59, is considered one of the best infield instructors in baseball. He served as a member of the Blue Jays staff from 2002-2012, and is often credited with spurring the defensive development of several young players from that time period, including Orlando Hudson and Aaron Hill. After interviewing for the Jays’ managerial opening in 2010, Butterfield worked under Farrell in Toronto for two years. The Maine native joined Farrell’s staff with the Red Sox for the 2013 campaign, serving as third base coach for four seasons. He came under fire at times this year for the team’s base-running blunders. The Red Sox ran into more outs on the bases than any other team in baseball.

Davis first joined the Red Sox organization as hitting coach for the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox in 2011. After a three-year stint with the A’s, the ex-slugger returned to Boston and served as hitting coach under Farrell from 2014-2017. The Red Sox finished last in the league in home runs this season. 

With Cubs president Theo Epstein’s ties to the Red Sox, it’s not surprising to see him bring Butterfield and Davis aboard. When Cora officially takes over after the World Series, he’ll now be presented with largely a clean slate. Bench coach Gary DiSarcina, first base coach Ruben Amaro Jr. and bullpen coach Dana LeVangie are still with the organization. 

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