Perry agrees to two-year deal to be Cubs hitting coach
CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella completed his staff Wednesday when Gerald Perry agreed to a two-year deal to be the team's hitting coach.
Perry, who was Oakland's hitting coach last season, rejoins Piniella. He served as the Seattle Mariners' hitting coach from 2000-02 when Piniella was managing there.
"Lou's a proven winner. We had a real good relationship in Seattle and we won. We averaged 100 wins a year," Perry said.
Perry played 13 big-league seasons, appearing in 1,193 games with Atlanta (1983-89), Kansas City (1990) and St. Louis (1991-95). He batted .265 with 150 doubles, 59 home runs and 396 RBI while stealing 142 bases. He was selected to the 1988 NL All-Star team.
This past season Perry worked with A's slugger Frank Thomas, who came on after a slow start to have a stellar season and help Oakland make the playoffs.
Joining Perry on the Cubs staff will be bench coach Alan Trammell, pitching coach Larry Rothschild, first-base coach Matt Sinatro, third-base coach Mike Quade, bullpen coach Lester Strode and special assistant Ivan DeJesus.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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