Former Cub Davis to manage Chiefs

Former Cub Davis to manage Chiefs

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 PEORIA - Former Chicago Cubs All-Star catcher Jody Davis will make his managerial debut with the Peoria Chiefs this season. The Cubs and Chiefs announced Davis Thursday will return to the organization with which he made is major league debut 25 years ago by managing Chicago's Midwest League affiliate. Davis will join Cubs players and staff on the Cubs Caravan's Peoria stop on Thursday.

"I've had the itch to manage for three or four years," said Davis, who hit 19 home runs and drove in 94 runs for the Cubs' 1984 NL East Division Champions. "I am really excited and really fired up about it. I hope to be a players guy - you always seem to get more when the players and coaches are all on the same page and working together toward a goal.

"I will be very intense and want to win as well. (Cubs manager) Dusty (Baker)'s like that and most of my managers were like that."

Davis, who has not worked previously as a coach or manager in the Cubs organization, has spent some time over the past few years helping the team's catchers during spring training in Mesa, Ariz.

"There will definitely be an adjustment since I will be learning a whole new group of players and they will be learning me," said Davis. "I should have enough time at spring training to get into the swing of things. Plus the game hasn't really changed a whole lot from when I was playing."

Joining Davis on the Chiefs coaching staff this season will be hitting coach Barbaro Garbay and pitching coach Rich Bombard. Nick Frangella, an Illinois State University graduate, will serve as the team's athletic trainer.

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