Cubs' Bosio: NL Central is toughest division to pitch in

Cubs' Bosio: NL Central is toughest division to pitch in
March 30, 2014, 11:00 am
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Chris Bosio was hired to be Dale Sveum's pitching coach in 2012, but when his close friend was fired by the Cubs after 197 losses in two seasons, the front office saw enough in Bosio to keep him on the staff.

Bosio, entering his second season with the club, knows how tough of a task he has in the National League Central.

Since 2008, five National League MVP winners have come out of the Central. In 2013, the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds were ranked Nos. 1 and 2 in National League OBP.

"No question that the Central is the toughest division to pitch," Bosio told CSN's David Kaplan. "Some people say the American League East and the American League West. They've got the luxury of bigger parks, ocean elements, but pitching in our division in Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Chicago and Pittsburgh, it's tough, but Wrigley is unique in itself."

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Bosio has coached up the likes of Paul Maholm, Scott Feldman and Matt Garza, all players that were traded away in midseason sell-offs. The same could happen in 2014 with pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel.

But Bosio likes the depth the Cubs have in the system with guys like C.J. Edwards, Kyle Hendricks and Eric Jokisch.

"The one thing that's exciting for me and I think for the organization is that you don't know what you have when you've got young players. You don't know if they're going to be All-Stars and you don't know if they're going to be Superstars."

Check out more from Bosio's one-on-one interview with Kaplan in the video above.