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Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Trammell leaves Cubs for Diamondbacks

By Bruce Levine

The Chicago Cubs officially bid adieu to bench coach Alan Trammell on Tuesday. He officially signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks to become their bench coach in 2011.

The door was open for Trammell's possible return to the Cubs staff. However his relationship with Arizona manager Kirk Gibson was the deciding factor for Trammell.

When Trammell was the Detroit Tigers manager, Gibson was one of his coaches, and they were teammates on the 1984 world champions.

Meanwhile, the entire Cubs coaching staff has been asked to return in 2011. Only special assistant to the manager Matt Sinatro wasn't offered a contract.

Besides Larry Rothschild as pitching coach and Rudy Jaramillo as hitting coach, Lester Strode will be the bullpen coach, Ivan DeJesus will be the third-base coach and Bob Dernier will be at first base.

The moves leave only the vacant bench coach job on Mike Quade's staff.

The Cubs also informed Triple-A manager Ryne Sandberg that he's wanted back in the organization as the Triple-A manager, and that a coaching position would not be available to him at the major-league level.

The awkwardness of Sandberg being present on Quade's major-league staff after losing out on the manager's position would not be fair to Quade. If Sandberg had been chosen as the manager, Quade would not have been invited back on that staff, according to a major-league source.

The bench coach position will most likely be filled and announced after the World Series. Major League Baseball frowns upon any managerial or coaching changes during the World Series.