Cubs name three more coaches

Cubs name three more coaches

CHICAGO -- New Cubs manager Lou Piniella added three more coaches to his staff Friday, naming Mike Quade as third base coach, Matt Sinatro as first base coach, and Lester Strode as bullpen coach.

The Cubs already have announced that Larry Rothschild will return as pitching coach and named former big-league manager Alan Trammell as bench coach. Piniella has yet to name a hitting coach.

Quade and Strode have been in the Cubs' system for some time. Quade, 49, also will serve as the outfield and baserunning instructor. He has been in the Cubs organization since 2003, and has compiled a 283-274 managerial record with the Triple-A Iowa Cubs for the past four seasons.

Before joining the Cubs, Quade spent three seasons as Oakland's first base coach from 2000-02. In 1999, he led Triple-A Vancouver to the Pacific Coast League and Triple-A World Series championships. He also guided Class A West Michigan to the 1996 Midwest League title in his first season in Oakland's organization.

Strode, 48, has been part of the Cubs' field staff for 18 years, including the last 11 as the Minor League pitching coordinator. Prior to that, he spent the 1994-95 campaigns with the Major League club as a pitching assistant.

Sinatro, 46, also will serve as the club's catching instructor. This will be his 27th year in baseball and first Major League assignment since serving as Tampa Bay's bullpen coach from 2003-05 under Piniella.

Sinatro and Piniella have worked together for several seasons. Sinatro was a member of Piniella's coaching staff with Seattle from 1995-2002. Before that, he served as a Major League Advance Scout for Seattle from 1993-94. A former catcher, Sinatro played for the Braves, Athletics, Tigers and Mariners from 1981-92.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.