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Cubs name Eric Hinske Major League first base coach


CHICAGO - The Chicago Cubs today named Eric Hinske as the club's major league first base coach, completing manager Rick Renteria's staff for the 2014 campaign.

Hinske, 36, last season wrapped up a 12-year major league career that included 2002 American League Rookie of the Year honors with Toronto and three-straight World Series appearances bookended by championships with Boston in 2007 and the New York Yankees in 2009. Hinske was originally selected by the Cubs in the 17th round of the 1998 Draft.

Overall, Hinske played 1,387 major league games with Toronto (2002-06), Boston (2006-07), Tampa Bay (2008), Pittsburgh (2009), the Yankees (2009), Atlanta (2010-12) and Arizona (2013), finishing his career with a .249 batting average (947-for-3797), 240 doubles, 137 home runs and 522 RBI.

Today's announcement rounds out Renteria's coaching staff as Hinske joins Chris Bosio (pitching coach), Brandon Hyde (bench coach), Gary Jones (third base coach), Bill Mueller (hitting coach), Lester Strode (bullpen coach), Mike Borzello (catching and strategy coach), Mike Brumley (assistant hitting coach) and Franklin Font (staff assistant).

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