The Cubs were expected to name Minor League coordinator Mark Riggins as their pitching coach on Monday.
The 2010 season was Riggins' second overseeing the Cubs' Minor League pitchers. He handled the same duties with the Cardinals for 12 seasons from 1996-2007, spending a total of 29 seasons in the St. Louis organization.
Riggins, 53, does have some big league time in the role, having served as the Cardinals' pitching coach under Joe Torre and Mike Jorgensen in 1995. He began his playing career in '79 in the Cardinals organization after signing out of Murray State. Riggins pitched five Minor League seasons.
He replaces Larry Rothschild, who signed a three-year contract with the Yankees last month. Rothschild was the longest tenured coach on the staff, having handled Cubs pitchers for nine seasons.
The addition of Riggins will complete Cubs manager Mike Quade's staff. Quade added Pat Listach as bench coach, and the Cubs promoted Dave Keller, Minor League hitting coordinator, as a special assistant.
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