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Cubs lose minor-league field coordinator Tim Cossins to Orioles, promote Chris Valaika to hitting coordinator

Tim Cossins, the Cubs’ minor-league field and catching coordinator since December 2012, left the organization Thursday to join new Orioles manager Brandon Hyde’s staff.

The Cubs, meanwhile, promoted Triple-A Iowa co-hitting coach Chris Valaika to minor-league hitting coordinator. Valaika, 33, who played in 99 major-league games over four seasons for three teams — including the Cubs in 2014 — takes over for Jacob Cruz, whom the Pirates hired last month as assistant hitting coach.

Hyde, 45, a Cubs coach for the last five seasons — including Joe Maddon’s bench coach in 2018 — took the Orioles job Dec. 14. He was the fourth coach under Maddon to leave this offseason: Hitting coach Chili Davis was fired, pitching coach Jim Hickey resigned for personal reasons after only one year and assistant hitting coach Andy Haines left to become the Brewers’ hitting coach.

The Cubs have filled some of those vacancies and others, hiring Anthony Iapoce as hitting coach, Tommy Hottovy as pitching coach, Terrmel Sledge as assistant hitting coach and Chris Denorfia as quality assurance coach.

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