Cubs hire Tommy Hottovy as pitching coach to replace Jim Hickey

The Cubs on Thursday hired Tommy Hottovy as their pitching coach. He’ll replace Jim Hickey, who resigned last month for “personal reasons” after just one season.

Just two years removed from a World Series title, this is the second straight season the Cubs will welcome new hitting and pitching coaches to their staff. They hired Anthony Iapoce as their hitting coach in October to replace Chili Davis, who was fired at the end of last season.

Hottovy, whom the Boston Red Sox drafted in the fourth round of the 2004 Draft, was previously the Cubs’ run-prevention coordinator.

Hottovy, who played at Wichita State, spent the majority of his professional career in the minor leagues. He played only 17 major-league games over two seasons with the Red Sox and Kansas City Royals. In total, Hottovy pitched 13⅓ innings with a 4.05 ERA. 

The Cubs also named Terrmel Sledge as their new assistant hitting coach and added Chris Denorfia as a quality assurance coach.

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