The Cubs hired former American League Rookie of the Year Eric Hinske, 36, as their first base coach for 2014. It will be Hinske's first coaching job as he ended his 12-year playing career in July after being released by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Hinske returns to the Cubs nearly 15 years after the North Siders drafted the third baseman in the 17th round and traded him to the A's for Miguel Cairo in 2001. Oakland then dealt Hinske to Toronto, where he played five seasons, earning ROY in 2002 hitting .279/.365/.481 with 24 HR and 84 RBI. Unfortunately, it was the best of his career, although he slugged 20 homers for Tampa in 2008.
The Red Sox acquired Hinske in 2006 for cash and he served as a utility player for Boston's World Series team in 2007, playing first and the corner outfield positions. Hinske was in the next two fall classics playing for Tampa against Philadelphia and won his second ring with the Yankees in 2009. He played the next three years in Atlanta and his final season in Arizona. Hinske played in 1,387 games, hitting .249/.332/.430 with 137 HR, 522 RBI, and a career WAR of 8.3.
Hinske joins Renteria's staff for 2014 that includes pitching coach Chris Bosio, hitting coaches Bill Mueller and Mike Brumley, third base coach Gary Jones, dugout coach Brandon Hyde, catching coach Mike Bordello, bullpen coach Lester Strode, staff assistant Franklin Font and quality assurance coach Jose Castro.