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Report: Brewers hire Cubs assistant coach Andy Haines as hitting coach

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Report: Brewers hire Cubs assistant coach Andy Haines as hitting coach

Another member of the Cubs' 2018 coaching staff is on the move. 

Saturday, Jon Heyman reported that the Brewers hired Cubs assistant hitting coach Andy Haines as their hitting coach for 2019.

Of course, Haines joins former hitting coach Chili Davis as members of Joe Maddon's 2018 staff that will not be back with the Cubs in 2019. However, it was reported Friday that bench coach Brandon Hyde will return to the Cubs in the same role next season. 

Last month, the Cubs named Anthony Iapoce as hitting coach, replacing Davis. The Brewers have not officially announced the hiring of Haines, though the Cubs will have to replace Haines if/when Milwaukee announces the move.

Haines, 41, joined the Cubs organization in 2016 and spent two seasons as the team's minor league hitting coordinator. The organization promoted him to assistant hitting coach in 2018 under Davis; Haines replaced Eric Hinske after the Angels named the latter as their hitting coach for 2018.

Ironically, Hinske will not be back with the Angels in 2019; the Angels hired former White Sox prospect Jeremy Reed to replace Hinske. Haines will replace Darnell Coles, who resigned as the Brewers' hitting coach and joined the Diamondbacks in the same role.

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Giving Thanks to the Cubs

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Giving Thanks to the Cubs

In this Thanksgiving-themed episode of the Cubs Talk Podcast, Luke Stuckmeyer, David Kaplan, and Tony Andracki discuss what they're most thankful for relating to the Cubs (1:00), with responses ranging from the upgrades at Wrigley Field to the hiring of Theo Epstein and Joe Maddon.

Then, in a nod to Black Friday, our panel debates the best deals the Cubs have ever made (7:10), including trades for Sammy Sosa, Ryne Sandberg, Jake Arrieta and more. Plus, Kap tells us how Harry Caray came to be the Cubs announcer after many years with the White Sox (15:00).

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below: