On the day Anthony Iapoce was named to replace him, Davis said “regardless of who’s there, certain players are going to have to make adjustments.”
Iapoce, 45, returns to the Cubs organization after three years as the Rangers’ hitting coach. He’s the Cubs’ sixth hitting coach in eight years.
The Cubs fired hitting coach Chili Davis after just one year on the job following a teamwide hitting slump and an early exit from the playoffs.
The Cubs have eight experienced starters under club control for next season and at this point expect to take all of them to spring training.
The problem with an All-Star core of young Cubs hitters? Most haven’t proven anything close to that.
MLB has suspended the Cubs shortstop 40 games after completing its investigation into domestic-abuse allegations.
The Cubs left 10 men on base and went just 1-for-6 with men in scoring position, scoring one run in a second straight loss to end their season.
“Trust us,” an emotional Kyle Schwarber said after a 2-1, 13-inning wild-card loss to the Rockies. “We’ll be back better than ever next year.”
“I think we will have a final decision shortly,” said Rob Manfred who said a ruling by the end of the postseason is “conceivable.”
Strop hasn’t pitched since Sept. 13. Cole Hamels and Kyle Hendricks also join the Cubs’ 10-man pen, while struggling Carl Edwards Jr. was left off.
The Cubs were forced to use some of their top relievers in Monday’s loss, but manager Joe Maddon said they have enough for Tuesday’s elimination game.
The Cubs eked out only three hits against Jhoulys Chacin and the Brewers’ bullpen in a 3-1 loss in the NL Central tiebreaker Monday.
The Cubs and Brewers play at 12:05 p.m. Monday at Wrigley Field to determine the division winner and home-field advantage in the NL playoffs.
This is the third time in Jon Lester’s career — and with his third team — that the final game of a 162-game season carries postseason implications.
The Cardinals kept their playoff hopes alive for at least a few hours while assuring the NL Central race will go down to the final day of the season.