Pevey introduced as Triple-A manager


Pevey introduced as Triple-A manager

The Cubs introduced Marty Pevey as the team's Triple-A Iowa affiliate today.
For the past three seasons, the 51-year-old Pevey had been the Minor League catching coordinator in the Cubs' system. In 2009 he was named the Midwest League Manager of the Year after helping Class-A Peoria to an 81-57 record. He was announced as the team's manager in December, but spoke today in Iowa at his official introduction.
"It's nice to get back into managing. It's what I did originally as a coach and what I really love to do, and so I'm really, extremely excited about coming here to Des Moines and working for the Cubs organization," he said Monday.
Pevey, who previously had coached in the Blue Jays' farm system, said he is not attempting to introduce any rogue ideas into the Cubs' system, but that he wants to progress each player using the same set of ideals and coaching tactics seen at the Triple-A level.
"From top to bottom, we all do things the exact same way," he said. "We teach out of the exact same book and we teach from bunt plays to hitting the baseball, we're teaching everything the same.
"It's always evolving, that book, depending on what players you have," he said. "But that was the first thing, from spring training last year to the major leagues all the way down to the minor leagues, everybody is teaching out of the same book."
Pevey, a catcher for the Montreal Expos in 1989, said he understands his role as a developmental coach who ultimately needs to produce championship-caliber players.
"First of all you want to get guys to the next level, that being Chicago. "You want Chicago to have a championship season and you want to develop championship players at this level."

Dennis Rasmussen taking advantage of opportunity with Blackhawks

Dennis Rasmussen taking advantage of opportunity with Blackhawks

During training camp, Mike Kitchen talked of what Dennis Rasmussen had to do entering this season.

Be proactive, the Blackhawks assistant coach said at the time, be bold.

“That’s what they told me,” Rasmussen recalled. “Since I got called up I have to do things a little bit quicker, I have to create a little bit more and be more active.”

Rasmussen got the message, and in the time he’s been in the lineup he’s done what the Blackhawks have wanted him to do. He scored his first goal of the season on Tuesday, when he took advantage of a fallen Philadelphia defender, and he’ll be on the fourth line with Marcus Kruger and Jordin Tootoo again on Friday when the Blackhawks face the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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“He showed a lot of character and determination to find a way to make an impact in the game. He bided his time here and then got in there, and he’s done a great job for us,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “Gives up some size, gives us some depth, gives us some usefulness as far as playing a couple positions and can take face-offs, kill penalties as well. He’s turned out to be very useful and in a situation where we needed someone to come in and take advantage of it.”

The Blackhawks needed someone to step in after Ryan Hartman was injured last week in Nashville. Rasmussen, who’s played center most of his career, is currently on the wing. It’s different, but Rasmussen isn’t complaining.

“I haven’t played a lot of wing since I moved over here but it’s great. I like to play with Kruger, too, because we can take each other’s spots and cover for each other,” Rasmussen said. “I feel comfortable right now.”

Rasmussen’s in the lineup at the moment but how long will that last? Marian Hossa is out of Friday’s game with a lower-body injury but could come back on Saturday. Still, even when the Blackhawks are healthier they may have to keep Rasmussen in there. As long as he’s playing, he’ll keep trying to be the proactive forward the Blackhawks want him to be.

“I just try to work as hard as possible, win a lot of loose pucks and try to create some chances,” Rasmussen said. “At the same time be reliable, stay on the right side of the puck and be a two-way player.”

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