Cubs' Will Venable leaves front office to be 1st base coach
CHICAGO (AP) Will Venable is leaving the Chicago Cubs front office to be their first base coach.
The former major league outfielder was hired last summer as a special assistant to president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer.
The 35-year-old Venable replaces Brandon Hyde, who has been promoted to bench coach for manager Joe Maddon.
The Cubs also announced Tuesday that they had hired Jim Benedict as a special assistant to baseball operations. Benedict spent the previous two seasons as the vice president for pitching development for the Miami Marlins.
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Updated November 21, 2017