Cubs hire DeJesus as special assistant to Piniella

11/6/2006 - MLB Chicago Cubs Houston Astros + more

CHICAGO -- Former major-league shortstop Ivan DeJesus was hired as a special assistant to Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella on Monday after spending the past six seasons as a minor-league manager for the Houston Astros.

The 53-year-old DeJesus batted .254 in a 15-year career that began with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1974. He played with the Cubs from 1977 to 1981, before being traded to Philadelphia for Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg and shortstop Larry Bowa.

He spent three seasons with the Phillies before stints with the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers. He appeared in the World Series with the Phillies (1983) and Cardinals (1985).