Weekend Chit-chat with ... Kane County Cougars manager Mark Johnson
New Kane County Cougars manager Mark Johnson was busy “playing Mr. Mom” in his offseason Georgia home when he was named to the position earlier this week. The 37-year-old Johnson, a former Midwest Leaguer and White Sox catcher, managed many of the Cubs’ top emerging prospects in Boise, Idaho, last season, helping the Hawks to the short-season Northwest League championship series. Johnson expects many of those players to join him at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark, where fans, players and club brass alike anxiously await a new era in which the Cubs’ Low-A affiliate plays a manageable drive from Wrigley Field. Catching up with Johnson for the latest edition of the Weekend Chit-Chat, Kane County Chronicle sportswriter Kevin Druley spoke with Johnson about his new gig. The following is an edited transcript:
Tell me a little about the timetable and what inclination the Cubs gave you about managing in A ball this coming season.
Right after instructional league or something like that, I think, is usually when they let you know. But obviously, it’s not written in stone until they announce it.
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