Chicago Cubs: Chili Davis: 'Multiple players I didn't connect with'
|Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 1:05 PM- -|
The Chicago Cubs dismissed hitting coach Chili Davis after just one season last Thursday.
Davis had taken the place of former hitting coach John Mallee after the end of last season. However, the move with Davis didn't work as the Cubs struggled mightily during the second half of the 2018 season and surrendered control of the National League Central to the Brewers.
Davis spoke with the Chicago Sun-Times in an honest interview about his one year with the Cubs.
"I learned that the next situation I get in before I say yes to a job, I need to make sure I know the personnel I'll be dealing with in the clubhouse," he said. "I hope the next guy connects better with the players because I felt that there were multiple players there I didn't connect with. It wasn't that I didn't try; it just wasn't there."
Davis said that the players are going to have to make adjustments on their swings.
"Hopefully, he has better success at this than I did," he said of Iapoce. "But regardless of who's there, certain players there are going to have to make some adjustments because the game's changed and pitchers are pitching them differently. They're not pitching to launch angles and fly balls and all that anymore. They're pitching away from that. They're going to have to make that adjustment whether I'm there or not."
David said that he has already been contacted by several teams for next season.