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01/05/2006 12:37 PM ET
Cubs announce Minor League staff assignments
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The Chicago Cubs' player development department today announced the organization's minor league field staffs for the 2006 campaign.

Five player development staff members will be new to the minor league system in 2006 - JODY DAVIS, DON BUFORD, BARBARO GARBEY, RICH BOMBARD and BUDDY BAILEY. Davis will manage the Peoria (A) club, Buford will manage the Mesa (R) club, Garbey will be the hitting coach at Peoria (A), Bombard will be the pitching coach at Peoria (A) and Bailey will be the new catching coordinator.

Davis, a former major league catcher, spent 11 years in the big leagues with the Cubs (1981-1988) and Atlanta (1988-1990), batting a combined .245 with 127 homers and 490 RBI.

Since his big league days, Davis has coached at the little league and high school level, including working as an assistant coach at Riverside Military Academy. He managed the Calgary Outlaws in the only year of the Canadian Baseball League, leading the club to the championship title in 2003. In addition, the former Cub has worked as a consultant in the club's minor league organization.

Buford, a former major league outfielder, most recently served as first base coach for the Washington Nationals under manager Frank Robinson. In addition to the Nationals, Buford has worked in Baltimore's organization (1988-2003), Milwaukee's organization (1980) and San Francisco's organization (1981-1984).

Garbey spent three years in the majors as an infielder for Detroit (1984-1985) and Texas (1986). Following his big leauge career, he coached in the Detroit Tigers minor leagues. The former infielder was also the first Cuban-born player to defect to the United States, doing so in 1980.

Bombard, a former minor league relief pitcher, spent five years combined in the minors with Houston and the Cubs before becoming a coach in 1987. Since then, he has served as a minor league pitching coach, working for several organizations including: the Boston Red Sox, the Cincinnati Reds, the Detroit Tigers and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Bailey, the new catching coordinator, joins the Cubs after spending the last 26 years in organized baseball, working for Atlanta (1979-1990) and Boston (1991-2004) in several different capacities. He currently is working as a manager in Venezuelan Winter Ball.

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