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Cubs to hire former Padres manager Andy Green to replace Mark Loretta as bench coach

The Cubs sought a bench coach with managerial experience to help first-year manager David Ross transition into his new role.

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Former Padres manager Andy Green is Cubs manager David Ross’ new bench coach, replacing Mark Loretta.
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The Cubs coaching turnstile clicked again Friday with the decision by the Cubs to hire former Padres manager Andy Green to replace Mark Loretta as first-year manager David Ross’ new bench coach.

Green, 42, is a former big-league infielder who spent the past four seasons managing a Padres team that never finished higher than fourth place. He was fired with a week left in the 2019 season.

Loretta, who spent one season as Joe Maddon’s bench coach in 2019, was still under contract when he was informed of the decision. No other position on the staff or in the organization was discussed, said Loretta, who has “no issues” with the decision and hopes to keep coaching.

“I enjoyed my year in Chicago and we’ll see where he goes from here,” said Loretta, a two-time All-Star infielder who spent nine seasons in the Padres front office before joining the Cubs last year.