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James begins his first full season as Chicago's hitting coach after taking over for Rudy Jaramillo in June of last season ... joined the organization as the minor league hitting coordinator at the start of the 2012 season ... had spent the previous six seasons with the New York Yankees, including the last four as their minor league hitting coordinator from 2008-11...Had his major league interim hitting coach tag removed October 23, 2012...Will begin his 12th season as a coach in professional baseball after playing in the Mariners and Yankees minor league chains from 1995- 98...Graduated from Mount St. Michael High School in the Bronx, N.Y., in 1994...Participated in the 2013 Cubs Caravan.

Coaching Career
James begins his 13th season as a hitting coach in professional baseball, and his first full season as a major league hitting coach...Named the Cubs interim hitting coach, June 13, 2012, taking the place of Rudy Jaramillo ... had the interim tag removed in October...Prior to joining the Cubs in 2012, was the Yankees minor league hitting coordinator from 2008-11...Spent the 2006-07 seasons as hitting coach at Single-A Tampa...Served four seasons in the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim system as a minor league hitting coach with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga (2004- 05), Single-A Cedar Rapids (2003) and Rookie-Level Provo (2002).

Playing Career
The former Mount St. Michael High School outfielder was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the ninth round of the 1994 draft ... appeared in 178 games in the Mariners and Yankees farm systems, as well as a stint in the indepent leagues...Swiped nine bases in 30 games for the Ariona Rookie League Mariners in 1995, his first pro season...Played 50 games for the Cook County Cheetahs of the Independent Heartland League in 1998, his final season as a player.

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