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Loss of catching guru Tim Cossins another blow to Miami Marlins

Miami MarlinsJohn BuckSpring TrainingOzzie GuillenJohn Baker

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An even bigger loss than Ozzie Guillen this week for the Miami Marlins may have been Tim Cossins.

You probably don't know the name, but Cossins, 42, has been the Marlins' minor league catching coordinator since 2007. Before that the former University of Oklahoma standout and minor league catcher (1993-2000) spent four seasons managing in their farm system.

Marlins catchers at every level swear by Cossins, who is a wizard at teaching proper fundamentals and game calling. Just ask John Baker, who finally broke into the majors after a long wait thanks to his work with Cousins.

The Cubs hired Cossins away this week to be their minor league field coordinator. He replaces former Marlins bench coach and interim manager Brandon Hyde, who was promoted to Cubs director of player development.

Cossins would work with the Marlins' big-league catchers as well, both at spring training and at times during the season. He would have been especially helpful to young Rob Brantly, whom the Marlins acquired from the Tigers in the Anibal Sanchez/Omar Infante trade in July.

Here's a video feature Sun Sports did on Cossins in 2009.

Here's what John Buck said about Cossins in May 2011:

"He’s a good coach," Buck said. "I’m a big fan of his. I think he’s made me better and when he was here we did well. ... Some coaches have that knack of having people be receptive to the way they are. He’s pretty good.”

And now, unfortunately, he's a Cubs employee.

Just another blow to the misplaced Marlins Way.

 

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