Cubs announce David Ross' 2021 major league coaching staff

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Cubs announce Ross' 2021 coaching staff originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

The Cubs announced David Ross' 2021 coaching staff on Wednesday, featuring new additions in Willie Harris and Chris Valaika.

Harris, 42, takes over as third base coach for Will Venable, whom the Red Sox named their bench coach last month after three seasons on the Cubs' staff. The former White Sox utility man spent 2020 as the Reds minor league outfield and baserunning coordinator.

Valaika, 35, is the new assistant hitting coach, replacing Terrmel Sledge. Valaika is entering his fifth season as a coach in the Cubs organization, having served as minor league hitting coordinator the past two seasons.

The Cubs parted ways with Sledge in October after two seasons.

The rest of the Cubs' 2020 coaching staff will return next season, outside of staff assistant Franklin Font. Font recently signed a three-year contract to manage the Aigles team in France in the new independent the ESBL (European Super League of Professional Baseball).

The Cubs had offered Font a minor league role for next season.

A full look at next season's coaching staff under Ross:

Bench coach: Andy Green

Pitching coach: Tommy Hottovy 

Associate pitching, catching and strategy coach: Mike Borzello

Hitting coach: Anthony Iapoce

Assistant hitting coach: Chris Valaika

First base/catching coach: Craig Driver

Third base coach: Willie Harris

Bullpen coach: Chris Young

Bullpen catcher: Chad Noble 

Quality assurance coach: Mike Napoli

Staff assistant: Juan Cabreja

Senior director of major league data and development: Kyle Evans

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