Eric Hinske named Cubs' 1st base coach
Former Blue Jays 3B won 2 World Series as player
Eric Hinske played nearly half his 12-year major league career at third base but will move across the infield in 2014 as the Chicago Cubs’ first base coach, rounding out rookie manager Rick Renteria's staff.
The one-time Toronto Blue Jay ended his playing career in 2013 with the Arizona Diamondbacks, who released Hinske in July.
The 36-year-old had a .249/.332/.430 batting line in his career to go with 137 home runs and 522 runs batted in.
Hinske broke into the major leagues with Toronto in 2002, winning American League rookie of the year honours after posting a .279 batting average, 24 home runs, 84 RBIs and 13 stolen bases in 151 games.
The left-handed hitter, who also spent time in the outfield, only reached 20 home runs once over the next 11 seasons and never topped 69 RBIs or 12 stolen bases in any season.
In 2013, Hinske hit a career-low .173 with one homer in 52 at-bats over 52 games with Arizona.
He also played for Boston, Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, New York Yankees and Atlanta, winning the 2007 World Series with the Red Sox and two years later with the Yankees.
The Cubs originally drafted him in 1998 but Hinske never played in Chicago because he was traded to Oakland in 2001 and then to the Blue Jays that same season for relief pitcher Billy Koch.