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Published: 11/12/2008 1:57 PM

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The Cubs on Wednesday announced the club will retain manager Lou Piniella's coaching staff for the 2009 campaign.

• Larry Rothschild, 54, returns in 2009 for his eighth season as the club's pitching coach. The Cubs pitching staff last season set a big league record by leading the majors in strikeouts for the eighth season in a row. Rothschild last season guided the club to a 3.87 ERA, just the third time in the last 15 years the club posted an ERA below 4.00. Next season will mark Rothschild's 12th as a major league pitching coach, as he also held the position with the Cincinnati Reds (1992) and Florida Marlins (1995-97).

• Gerald Perry, 48, returns for his third season as the Cubs hitting coach, his 10th at the major league level. Before joining the Cubs, Perry served as hitting coach for the Seattle Mariners (2000-02), Pittsburgh Pirates (2003-05) and Oakland Athletics (2006). Cubs hitters last season led the National League with 855 runs scored, the club's most since scoring 998 in 1930, while the Cubs lineup featured five players with 20 home runs and four with 80 RBI for the third time in franchise history (also 2004 and 1958).

• Alan Trammell, 50, returns for his third season as Lou Piniella's bench coach. The 2009 campaign marks Trammell's 10th season as a big league coach or manager. After concluding a 20-year career with the Tigers in 1996, Trammell joined their major league staff as hitting coach in 1999, moved to the San Diego Padres to serve as their bench coach from 2000-02 and returned to manage the Tigers for three years from 2003-05.

• Matt Sinatro, 48, returns for his third season as the club's first base coach, his 14th as a member of Lou Piniella's coaching staffs. Sinatro previously served as bullpen coach on Piniella's staffs in Seattle (1995-2002) and Tampa Bay (2003-05).

• Mike Quade, 51, also returns for his third season as the club's third base coach. Before joining the Cubs big league staff, Quade served as manager at Triple-A Iowa for four seasons from 2003-06. Next year marks Quade's sixth as a big league coach, as he also coached first base for the Oakland Athletics from 2000-02.

• Lester Strode, 50, returns for his third season as the club's bullpen coach, his 21st in the Cubs organization. Before joining the big league club, Strode was the club's minor league pitching coordinator from 1996-2006, was a major league pitching assistant from 1994-95 and a minor league pitching coach from 1989-93.

• Ivan DeJesus, 55, returns for his third season as a special assistant to manager Lou Piniella. DeJesus spent five of his 15 major league seasons as an infielder with the Cubs from 1977-81. Upon retiring as a player in 1988, DeJesus spent 17 years as a minor league coach and manager before joining the Cubs in 2007.