New Chicago Cubs manager Dale Svuem has added former Royals catcher Jamie Quirk and former Cardinals first base coach Dave McKay to his staff. The 57 year old Quirk will serve as a bench coach and 61 year old McKay will be the first base coach.
Next season will be McKay’s 27th season as a big league coach. He has been a member of three World Series champion staffs, all with Tony LaRussa…1989 in Oakland as well as ’06 and ’11 in St. Louis. McKay was a coach on the Athletics’ staff when Sveum played for Oakland, and will be an outfield and baserunning instructor.
Quirk has Major League coaching experience with three teams, including 12 seasons as a big league bench coach with the Royals (1996-2001) and Rockies (2003-08). The former big league catcher played for eight teams during his 18-year Major League career (1975-92) and was a member of the 1985 World Series champion Royals.