CHICAGO — Santa Rosa native Brandon Hyde, a 1992 Montgomery High School graduate, was promoted to Chicago Cubs bench coach this offseason as manager Joe Maddon remade his staff.
Hyde, the team’s first-base coach this past season, played baseball for the Vikings and Santa Rosa Junior College before suiting up for Long Beach State.
His career with the Cubs began in 2012, when he was hired as the team’s minor league field coordinator. When the Cubs hired Joe Maddon in 2015, Hyde became Maddon’s first-base coach.
“He’s unbelievably positive,” Hyde said of his manager in a Press Democrat story last year. “He’s very consistent day to day. He understands how hard the game is, how hard it is to play at the big-league level. He’s patient with players, he’s a great communicator.”
Hyde was part of the team’s World Series victory last year, when the Cubs won the championship after 108 years of futility.
“You understand how important it is to people,” he said after last year’s win. “You hear about generations of Cubs fans, you hear 108 years and the passion that your fans have. To have that many people so emotional that day, that was just incredible.”