On Tuesday, a Chicago Cubs fan favorite returned to the organization. The Cubs announced Tuesday morning that former starting pitcher Ted Lilly will be returning to the organization as a special assistant to the front office.
According to a report from ESPN Chicago, Lilly will assist in the development of Minor League pitchers as well as evaluate talent for the amateur draft. Lilly will also be sent on professional scouting assignments. Lilly likely will report directly to general manager Jed Hoyer and president of baseball operations Theo Epstein.
Lilly was with the Cubs between 2007 through 2010. The Cubs traded Lilly to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the 2010 season. Lilly retired in November and finished his career with a record of 130-113 to go along with an ERA of 4.14 while pitching for the Montreal Expos, New York Yankees, Cubs, and Dodgers.
Lilly’s bull-dog demeanor went over well with the Cubs faithful while the pitcher was in Chicago and has always been a fan favorite. Like most players, Lilly lived up to the motto of “once a Cub, always a Cub.”
Lilly will be working with the Cubs in Spring Training before beginning his scouting duties during the regular season.