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Want to get your swing in shape for the season? For the March issue of Vine Line, Cubs Hitting Coach Rudy Jaramillo shows Cubs fans how major leaguers use tee work to fine-tune their swing and prepare for the season. For more insider access to the Cubs, subscribe to Vine Line. And watch for updates from Mesa all spring here on the Cubs Vine Line blog.

News and notes from Mesa

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for ON LOCATION LOGO.jpgMESA, Ariz.–Just some observations from around Hohokam Park:

Manager Lou Piniella isn’t kidding when he keeps reiterating that “a couple of these young kids are going to win jobs.” With a camp filled with first-round draft picks, it’s easy to see why.

– Outfielder Tyler Colvin looks better than ever. I was remarking with a couple of other people during morning practice that Colvin looks like he’s put on 25 pounds. Sure enough, one baseball ops man verified that. This off-season was the first during which Colvin didn’t have an injury to rehab through. He made an impression on many last year with some great catches and timely hitting during a late-season cup of coffee. While he’s a longshot to make the team out of camp, because there’s simply no room for him, I don’t think it’ll be long before he’s back in Chicago. He’s still just 24–he was drafted out of Clemson at 20, not 21 like most juniors–and has three options left, so he’s a prime candidate to ride the shuttle back and forth from Iowa to Chicago in case something happens to an outfielder. It was pointed out to me that Colvin isn’t a guy who does well coming off the bench, so if he comes to Chicago, he will play. He hit a homer and a double in yesterday’s game.

– I am told that hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo and outfielder Kosuke Fukudome have hit it off very well. While there was some reluctance at first, Jaramillo has helped Fukudome shorten his stride, like Soriano. This helped Fukudome stay balanced in the box, and prevents that “spinning” thing he does when things get out of whack. During BP before the game, Fukudome was solidly stinging line drives as well as hitting long home runs to rightfield. During the game, Fukudome had a solid double to centerfield.

– Rule 5 pitcher Mike Parisi gave up a homer to Chicago-native Adam Rosales.

Starlin Castro might be fast, but watching the position players work on baserunning, it’s easy to see just how fast is Brett Jackson. The two have different gaits–Castro has long strides and covers ground in a loping sort of way, while Jackson’s shorter stride is quickened by legs like a halfback.

– Got a real good taste of High Plains Bison meat. The company was giving away samples. It is owned by Ricketts family patriarch Joe Ricketts. I have to say, it’s pretty darn good. Had a sausage with mustard, and it’s better than any hot dog.

–Mike Huang

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Rud-ee! Rud-ee!

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for INSIDE THE IVY LOGO.jpgIt might not have been Rudy Ruetigger and Notre Dame football under the watchful eye of Touchdown Jesus, but Rudy Jaramillo might just be the patron saint of hitters.

After all, the man the Cubs welcomed as their new hitting coach at a press conference about an hour ago has resurrected the careers of many hitters or at the very least, helped some correct the sins in their swings.

“I’m a teacher first, a coach second,” said the former Texas Rangers hitting coach. “I love to see talent in players and watch them get better….My ability to build rapport with players is good and my communications skills are strong.

“But there has to be a mutual trust between the coach and the player,” Jaramillo added. “You still have to win them over. And when you tell a hitter something, it better work because it’s all about results.”                                                                                       photo by Kelsey Peters


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And that is exactly what the Cubs are hoping Jaramillo will be able to do with a Cubs offense that finished 26th in the majors in 2009, scoring just 707 runs and hitting just .255.

“I think everyone in the game, from players to coaches to managers, put this man at the top of the field,” said Cubs general manager Jim Hendry. “There’s no higher standard for a major-league hitting coach than the one he set the last 15 years.

“It couldn’t have come at a better time; we know we had some offensive deficiencies with some outstanding players some of which Rudy has been fortunate to work with in the past,” Hendry added. “We’re excited to round out a great coaching staff, and I know Rudy’s ready to get to work.”

Jaramillo has shown a penchant to work wonders with reclamation projects similar to the Cardinals’ pitching coach Dave Duncan. With Texas, Jaramillo pulled career years out of Mark DeRosa, Milton Bradley and Gary Matthews Jr., not to mention one former Cubs slugger looking to hit a milestone.

“We got 94 RBIs and 22 home runs out of Sammy [Sosa],” Jaramillo said, referring to Sosa’s 2008 campaign with Texas during which he hit his 600th homer.  “And he didn’t even get 500 at-bats. So I was very happy to work with Sammy.”

More than anything, Jaramillo isn’t afraid to get into hitters’ faces to make them work harder. He will make sure these players put in their time in the cage, veteran or rookie. He will also make sure they are prepared at the plate, physically and mentally.

“Sometimes players get complacent,” Jaramillo said. “You have to reprogram those hitters. I will get them to believe in themselves.”

–Mike Huang

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