Shakeup in Reds Coaching Staff
Yesterday, the Cincinnati Reds announced several changes to their staff, letting go pitching coach Jeff Pico, bench coach Jay Bell and assistant hitting coach Lee Tinsley. Pico will be replaced by Mark Riggins, the organization’s minor league pitching coordinator. Riggins has previously served as a pitching coach for both the Cubs and Cardinals.
Tony Jaramillo, who has worked as a hitting coach for the Reds’ minor league systems since 2008, will be the new assistant hitting coach for the Reds. According to the Reds, new responsibilities have been assigned to current members of the coaching staff. Jim Riggleman will serve as the bench coach, Billy Hatcher will coach third base and outfielders and Freddie Benavides will coach first base and infielders.
In the previous season, Riggleman served as third base coach, Hatcher was first base coach and Benavides was infield coach. According to the Reds, bullpen/assistant pitching coach Mack Jenkins, hitting coach Don Long, Major League catching coordinator Mike Stefanski and bullpen catcher Dustin Hughes will all hold onto their current positions.
In the grand scheme of the National League, the Reds haven’t had a particularly good season in a while. Their World Series and pennant wins have been scattered, with the team not having not won or competed in a World Series since 1990. Nonetheless, their stats are much better than Ohio’s other MLB team, the Cleveland Indians, who haven’t won a World Series since 1948 or a pennant since 1997. Without a doubt, the Reds are looking to boost their stats and hopefully become a match for the National Leagues best midwestern team, a title currently held by the Cardinals of St. Louis.
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