Cubs fire hitting coach Davis after one season
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CHICAGO — After a season in which the offense collapsed in the second half, the Chicago Cubs fired hitting coach Chili Davis on Thursday, the club announced.
Under Davis’ watch, Cubs hitters saw a notable drop in production, especially in power, where they dropped from near the top of the league in home runs in 2017 to 11th in the NL this season.
“He worked his tail off to make guys better,” team president Theo Epstein said of Davis last week. “In that respect he did everything that we asked of him.”
But the offense faltered down the stretch, scoring only one run in three of the team’s final four games, including Game No. 163 for the NL Central Division title and then again the next night in the wild-card game. The Cubs lost both games.
The team ranked first in OPS in the first half, posting a .771 mark that was in line with last season’s production, but that fell to .705 after the All-Star break, ranking 10th in the NL.
“Our offense broke somewhere along the lines,” Epstein said. “Of course there is going to be a thorough examination.”
Davis’ firing came after exit