Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/13/12

More than anything else, it was a difference in philosophy that led to the Cubs firing hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo on Tuesday.

Cubs president Theo Epstein announced the firing and the promotion of minor league hitting coordinator James Rowson to the job of interim hitting coach before the Cubs beat the Detroit Tigers 4-3 at Wrigley Field..

Jaramillo was hired in the fall of 2009 by former general manager Jim Hendry and given a three-year contract. But Epstein cited the team's declining on-base percentage since 2008, when the Cubs led the NL in OBP.

The Cubs under Jaramillo have been aggressive in their approaches at the plate, and Epstein has long favored a more patient approach, which he espoused in his years as GM of the Boston Red Sox.

But Epstein did not knock Jaramillo.

"I think it's more about philosophy, going forward," Epstein said. "Rudy's not to blame for the results. That's something that we're all accountable for. We put the roster together. It's probably more on us than it is on him. I'm sure our players feel accountable, too.

"It's not based on results. It's more of a try to get a new voice or a new message. We have a certain hitting philosophy we believe in, and we have a lot of growth that awaits us as an organization. Rudy's a phenomenal hitting coach with a great track record."

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