Former Midwest League Manager of the Year (2016) Jimmy Gonzalez is coming back this year for a fourth season as South Bend’s skipper, the Chicago Cubs announced Thursday.
After leading the team to a 75-64 record last season, Gonzalez has an overall record of 224-191 as manager of the South Bend Cubs. The former catcher played professionally for 14 years, and did three stints in the Midwest League (91 games with the 1992 Burlington Astros, 47 games with the 1993 Quad City River Bandits, and 35 games with the 1995 River Bandits). He cumulatively batted .172 with 5 HR and 50 RBI in 173 MWL games.
Brian Lawrence also is returning to South Bend for a third season as the club’s pitching coach, a position he previously held for the team in 2015 and 2017. He pitched in the major leagues for the San Diego Padres (from 2001 to 2005) and the New York Mets (2007). As a minor-leaguer, he pitched for the 1998 Clinton LumberKings, going 5-3 with a 2.80 ERA, 79 strikeouts and 13 walks in 80.1 innings/12 starts.
Ricardo Medina will serve as the team’s hitting coach, after previously serving as an assistant coach for the team in 2016. He played six seasons in the Cubs’ minor-league system, from 1989 to 1994. He played 227 games with the 1991-93 Peoria Chiefs, batting .262 with 9 HR and 101 RBI.
Paul McAnulty will be an assistant coach for South Bend in his first year with the Cubs organization. The former outfielder played 133 games in the major leagues (124 games with the 2005-08 Padres and nine games with the 2010 Angels), and his minor-league career included the 2003 season with the Fort Wayne Wizards. He batted .273 with 7 HR and 73 RBI in 133 MWL games.