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Pitching Coach Chris Bosio Fired By Cubs After Six Seasons With Team

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As announced over the weekend, the Chicago Cubs have officially fired six-year pitching coach Chris Bosio.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Bosio’s relationship with manager Joe Maddon became strained toward the end of the season.

USA Today broke the news of Bosio’s firing.

“It’s hard to imagine that it’s coming to an end,” Bosio said in a phone interview. “But I can’t be any prouder for what we accomplished, and how far we have come so fast.”

Bosio, 54, had an 11-year Major League pitching career with the Milwaukee Brewers (1986-92) and Seattle Mariners (1993-96). He compiled a 94-93 record with a 3.96 ERA and 1,059 strikeouts in 1,710 innings pitched.

Fun fact: Bozio’s the last pitcher to throw a no-hitter against the Boston Red Sox, which he accomplished on April 22, 1993. He retired 27 straight after walking the first two in the game.

Prior to joining the Cubs before 2012, Bosio was the pitching coach for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2003 as well as the Milwaukee Brewers for the last portion of 2009 (replaced Bill Castro on August 12).

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Astros Acquire Martin Maldonado

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The Houston Astros have acquired veteran catcher Martin Maldonado from the Chicago Cubs, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

As part of the deal, outfielder/second baseman Tony Kemp will be heading to the Cubs, according to the Houston Chronicle’s Chandler Rome.

Maldonado has posted a .217/.285/.349 slash line this season.

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Cubs’ Addison Russell Receives 40-Game Suspension

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Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell has been suspended without pay for 40 games, retroactive to September 21st, the date he was placed on administrative leave, under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy, according to ESPN Chicago’s Jesse Rogers.

The league formally announced the suspension on Wednesday, and Russell will not appeal the suspension.

Russell was placed on administrative leave back in September amid allegations of physical and verbal abuse brought forward by his ex-wife, Melisa Reidy.

“My office has completed its investigation into the allegations that Addison Russell violated Major League Baseball’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy,” Manfred said in a statement. “Having reviewed all of the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Russell violated the Policy and should be subject to discipline in the form of an unpaid suspension that will cover 40 games.”

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Cubs Acquire Terrance Gore

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The Chicago Cubs have acquired outfielder Terrance Gore from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for cash considerations, according to an announcement from the organization on Wednesday.

Gore, 27, will bring the Cubs a  legit base-stealing threat.

Gore is likely to start off his run with the Cubs in their minor league system as they eye using him as a weapon in the playoffs, and could be called up when rosters officially are expanded for the stretch run in September.

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