Entering his second season in Chicago, Butch Hobson was the first (and only) manager in Chicago Dogs history. Hobson boasts more than 30 years of experience in both major and minor league baseball, including three seasons as manager of the Boston Red Sox. He is a University of Alabama alumnus who once played as a backup quarterback under coach Bear Bryant. Hobson is also a former MLB third baseman, having played for the Boston Red Sox (1975-80), California Angels (1981) and New York Yankees (1982). After retiring as a player, Hobson managed the Pawtucket Red Sox before being promoted to Boston. As manager of MLB’s Red Sox from 1992-94, Hobson led the team to 207 victories. Hobson has also managed in the Boston Red Sox minor league system, New York Mets minor league system, Philadelphia Phillies minor league system and the Independent Atlantic League’s Lancaster Barnstormers, as well as with the Mobile Bay Sharks and Nashua Pride. Hobson most recently served as manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Class-A affiliate.
D.J. Boston returns to the Dogs for his second season as the team’s hitting coach. A coach in professional baseball since 2008, Boston last served as the as the hitting coach for the Lancaster Barnstormers of the independent Atlantic League. Boston also has made coaching stops in the Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros minor league systems. As a player, the Toronto Blue Jays selected Boston in the 39th round of the 1990 MLB Draft. The Cincinnati native then enjoyed a 16-year playing career with stops along the way in the minor league systems of the Toronto Blue Jays, Pittsburgh Pirates, Colorado Rockies and Oakland Athletics, as well as several seasons in the Atlantic League with the Nashua Pride from and with the Bridgeport Bluefish. While in Nashua, Boston played under then-Pride manager and current Dogs manager Butch Hobson. His brother Daryl is the first base coach for the Chicago White Sox.
A Lake Villa, Illinois native, Cory Domel joins the Dogs staff for his first season in Chicago. 2019 marks Domel’s 12th season as a pitching coach in independent professional baseball. Domel spent the past six seasons in the Atlantic League leading the rotations for the Somerset Patriots (2013-2017) and Sugar Land Skeeters (2018)—winning championships in 2015 and 2018. During his tenure, Domel’s pitching staffs have consistently dominated, including breaking the Atlantic League staff ERA record with a 3.04 mark in 2015. Under Domel’s guidance, more than 50 pitchers have been signed by MLB organizations. Prior to his roles in professional baseball, Domel served as a pitching and head coach in the collegiate circuit, getting his start in 2002 at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Ill.