In 2019 the South Bend Cubs will have a new manager for the first time in four years.
Longtime minor-league skipper Buddy Bailey will manage the Cubs this year. After catching in the Atlanta Braves farm system for four seasons (1979-82), Bailey managed minor-league teams for the Braves (1983-90) and the Boston Red Sox (1991-96, 2002-04) before starting his managerial tenure in the Cubs organization in 2006. This will be his first time managing in the Midwest League, after spending the last three seasons with the High-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans, who won the Carolina League championship in 2016.
Paul McAnulty returns to South Bend for a second season, promoted to hitting coach after serving as the team’s assistant coach last year. Before joining the Cubs organization, he was a hitting coach in the Los Angeles Angels farm system from 2014 to 2016. The former outfielder played parts of five seasons in the major leagues, for the Angels and the San Diego Padres, and played in the Midwest League in 2003. He batted .273 with seven homers, 27 doubles and 73 RBI in 133 games with the Fort Wayne Wizards, for whom he primarily played first base.
Former Toronto Blue Jays hurler Jamie Vermilyea is South Bend’s new pitching coach. This is his second year in the Cubs organization.
Pedro Gonzalez also joins the South Bend staff as an assistant coach after previously managing summer league teams in the Dominican Republic and his native Venezuela for the Chicago Cubs. The former catcher played in the Houston Astros farm system from 2005 to 2009.
Jimmy Gonzalez, who managed South Bend the past four seasons, will be Myrtle Beach’s skipper this year.