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Cubs assistant hitting coach Andy Haines leaves for Brewers

The Cubs’ hitting department will have an entirely new look in 2019.

Less than three weeks after replacing hitting coach Chili Davis with Anthony Iapoce, the Cubs will look for a new assistant after a source Saturday confirmed that Andy Haines is leaving to become the hitting coach of the rival Brewers.

Haines, who served as the Cubs’ minor-league hitting coordinator for two seasons before joining the major-league staff in 2018, replaces Darnell Coles, who is now the hitting coach for the Diamondbacks.

Haines, 41, will be reunited with All-Star slugger Christian Yelich, who played for Haines at Class A Greensboro and Class A Jupiter in 2011-13. Yelich emerged as the favorite for the National League most valuable player after batting .326 with 36 home runs and 111 RBIs in leading the Brewers to the NL Central title.

The Cubs have yet to announce their coaching staff for 2019, as some subtle changes remain possible. Bench coach Brandon Hyde elected to return for his sixth season on the major-league staff after interviewing for managerial positions with the Rangers, Angels, Twins and Blue Jays.

The Brewers’ hiring of Haines was first reported by Jon Heyman of

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