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11/01/2012 5:38 PM ET

Cubs name Anthony Iapoce Special Assistant to the GM/Player Development

CHICAGO The Chicago Cubs today named Anthony Iapoce special assistant to the General Manager/Player Development. 

Iapoce, 39, will oversee the club’s minor league hitting program and contribute to additional projects within the organization.  He joins the Cubs after spending the last three seasons as the roving hitting coordinator for the Toronto Blue Jays.  Prior to joining the Blue Jays organization, Iapoce served as the hitting coach for the Marlins Single-A Jupiter affiliate for two seasons from 2008-09.

A former outfielder, Iapoce played 11 seasons in the minor leagues in the Brewers and Marlins organizations, as well as independent ball, after being selected by Milwaukee in the 33rd round of the 1994 Draft.  He reached the Triple-A level four different times and was a career .273 hitter with a .342 on-base percentage in 845 professional games.

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