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(Photo by Stephen Green)
David DeJesus works on his approach with hitting coach James Rowson in the HoHoKam clubhouse video room. The 33-year-old outfielder, who hit .263 with a .350 on-base percentage in 2012, will likely play center field this season with the additions of Nate Schierholtz and Scott Hairston.
The major league season can be a grind. Playing 162 games takes a toll on an athlete’s body and mind. That’s why downtime is so important. Some players play video games; others spend time with their families.
This week, Vine Line had some fun with the team to dig up a few facts you won’t find on the back of a baseball card. In the last installment of our spring Kicking Back video series, we talk to Cubs players about how they spent their offseason, what they do to kill time on the road and who is the worst dresser in the clubhouse.
Here are the other videos from out Spring Training series:
On Monday morning, Vine Line was on hand for the Cubs annual photo day in Mesa, Ariz., where we got a chance to talk to Cubs manager Dale Sveum, pitching coach Chris Bosio, hitting coach James Rowson and first-base coach Dave McKay about their expectations for the 2013 season.
Vine Line will be posting videos and content from Fitch Park and HoHoKam Stadium all week long, so keep an eye on the blog and our Twitter account, @cubsvineline.
The Cubs removed the interim tag from hitting coach James Rowson. (Photo by Steve Green)
The Cubs named David Bell the club’s third base coach and removed the interim tag from hitting coach James Rowson’s title on Tuesday.
The 40-year-old Bell, son of former big leaguer Buddy Bell and grandson of Gus Bell, left his job as the Reds’ Triple-A manager to come to the Cubs. He also managed the Reds’ Double-A team from 2009-11. The former infielder spent 12 seasons playing in the majors with six different teams before retiring after 2006. He amassed a .257 average with 123 home runs during his career.
Bell replaces Pat Listach, whose contract expired at the end of the 2012 season.
Rowson stepped in as the interim hitting coach after the club fired Rudy Jaramillo on June 13. He was formerly the organization’s minor league hitting instructor.
In his first year with the Cubs, James Rowson jumped from minor league hitting coordinator to interim major league hitting coach, replacing Rudy Jaramillo on June 12. The former minor league outfielder spent the last six seasons with the New York Yankees, where he also served as minor league hitting coordinator. For the October issue of Vine Line, we talked to the 36-year-old about coming to the Cubs, staying ahead of the curve and his New York state of mind. To read the complete interview, pick up the October issue, available now at select Jewel-Osco, Walgreens, Meijer, Barnes & Noble and other Chicago-area retailers.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU The first thing, most importantly, is you get to know the players. You talk to them, you build relationships, and you listen. Sometimes that process takes a little bit longer than you’d like, but you have to have a real good understanding of that player before you try to go in and do something different with his swing. Swings are personal. That guy knows his swing, and he’s worked on it for a long time to get to this level.
TOOLSY PLAYER In this business, when you think you know everything, you’re probably wrong or you’re probably out of the game. Being a hitting guy myself, I have some techniques I use, but I’m always looking to build on that. You’re always going to find a player you may not be able to reach with what you have, so you talk to different guys and try to build up your toolbox.
THE CUBS WAY My hitting philosophy is simple. It’s two things: Get a good pitch to hit and use the field. We want guys to have good plate discipline, to hit strikes and also guys who are able to use the whole field so the defense has to play them straight up and can’t cheat against them.
BIG DREAMS When I was in New York, they were already winning. Here, it’s awesome because we’re building to that. You go through some tough times at the beginning, but it’s awesome because you can see at the end of the rainbow, we’re looking for a championship. So I think the excitement level is a little bit higher here. That’s part of the aura of this job is imagining being part of that first group that wins a championship in Chicago.