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No. 11 has even more significance for Cubs hitting coach after World Series win

No. 11 has even more significance for Cubs hitting coach after World Series win.  The amazing tale takes a happy and remarkable twist

After the Cubs won the NLCS and advanced to the World Series for the first time since 1945, I wrote this story about Chicago hitting coach John Mallee and the meaning of No. 11 for him. Now that the Cubs have ended their 108-year championship drought after that amazing Game 7 on Wednesday night, I want to provide an update.

Mallee brought the framed military patches that belonged to his late father, John Sr., with him to Cleveland for Games 6 and 7, telling him: “I’m packing you up. You ain’t done yet.”

Mallee placed the frame in his locker at Progressive Field. And as the Series reached its conclusion, Mallee noted several coincidences involving the No. 11 — freaky stuff, but kind of cool, too.

First of all, the Cubs extended the Series to November, the 11th month. Game 7 was on 11/2 — the jersey numbers that Mallee and Cubs infielder Tommy La Stella exchanged before the start of the season. And the numbers in 11/2/16 add up to — you guessed it — 11!

Now all of this might sound silly, and none of it would carry the same meaning if the Cubs had lost. But anyone who has ever lost a loved one can relate to the way the John and his sister Kathy are keeping the memory of their father alive.

Here’s to No. 11 and John Mallee Sr.

Mallee goes from Martinsville to World Series

Mallee goes from Martinsville to World Series

 

By CARA COOPER Bulletin Sports Writer – November 1, 2016

It could be considered fate that Cubs hitting coach John Mallee would end up back in Chicago. Mallee was born in the Windy City in 1969, and played college baseball at the University of Illinois-Chicago. While Mallee’s career has gone full circle with him now back in his hometown, the journey there took him across the country, even with a stop in Martinsville.

 

Mallee was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 12th round of the 1991 draft, and played 39 games for the Martinsville Phillies at Hooker Field when they were a rookie league affiliate of the Phillies in the Appalachian League. The middle infielder collected 32 hits in 157 plate appearances as a Phillie, scoring 15 runs and collecting 14 RBIs and 19 walks.

Even though Mallee’s career as a player lasted just two seasons, he’s become a hot commodity among baseball coaches. He was a minor league hitting coach in the Brewers, Expos, Marlins and Astros organizations before coming to the Cubs as the team’s major league hitting coach in 2014. He has helped build Chicago’s lineup into one of the most feared and potent in Major League Baseball, and could be on his way to his first World Series victory.

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