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The Cincinnati Reds have announced the coaching staff for the 2016 Louisville Bats. It is the last of the full season leagues to be announced, with only the hitting and pitching coach to be named for the Arizona League Reds still to be named.

Returning to manage the Bats is Delino DeShields. It will be his second season with Louisville after managing his way up the chain starting with Billings in 2010 and moving through Dayton (2011-2012) and Pensacola (2013-2014). He was also the hitting coach for the Billings Mustangs in 2009 before moving into a managers role with the organization. He spent parts of 13 seasons in the big leagues with the Expos, Dodgers, Cardinals, Orioles and Cubs from 1990-2002, playing in 1615 games in the Majors Leagues.

Also returning to the Bats is pitching coach Ted Power. This will be his 11th season as the pitching coach for Louisville after taking over in 2006. He also served as a pitching coach in both Billings (2000-2001) and Dayton (2002). He pitched in the big leagues from 1981-1993, working mostly out of the bullpen. Power threw 1160.0 innings in his career for the Reds, Dodgers, Indians, Royals, Pirates, Cardinals, Mariners and Tigers.

The Bats do have a new hitting coach this upcoming season. Jody Davis joins the organization after working in the Padres system as their hitting coach from 2014-2015. Prior to his stint in the Padres organization he also was a manager with the Cubs all over their system for four seasons and also spent one season as their catching coordinator in 2009. He spent parts of 10 seasons in the big leagues from 1981-1990. Davis played in 1082 big league games in that span for the Cubs and the Braves. He’s replacing Tony Jaramillo, who was promoted to assistant hitting coach with the Reds for the 2016 season after serving as the Bats hitting coach for the previous three seasons (and working for several seasons prior at other levels in the Reds system).

 

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7 Responses

  1. MK

    Corky travelled around to all the teams last season whenever the Dragons were on the road. With Jody Davis in Louisville I wonder if he will handle catching coaching chores there?

    • Doug Gray

      I’m sure he will give pointers to the guys there, but Corky will still make trips to Louisville to work specifically with those guys.

  2. The Duke

    I’ve said for few years now the Reds have been grooming Delino Deshields as a future big league manager. He’s done 2 years in each spot, this being his second year in AAA. The chances of Price being fired this year are greater than minimal. I don’t see the Reds spending big money on a name manager. The only foil in this plan could be if Larkin says he wants the job.

  3. Tom Gray

    Jody Davis was nearly a Red in early 1980’s.

    He was part of trade package offered by Cubs for George Foster (when Reds were dumping him prior to free agency). The Reds accepted Alex Trevino, Jim Kern, and Greg Harris from Mets instead.

    • Jbonireland

      I like the idea of catchers making good managers. Since Jody has managed throughout the Cubs system I wonder if this might put him in the mix as a future Reds
      skipper?

  4. Norwood Nate

    Lane Adams was DFA’d by the Royals. The Reds have an open spot. I’d think he’s someone to consider. He’s 26 and apparently super fast and good defender. Hitting wise walks are decent, K’s aren’t bad. Seems to have a little pop.

    • rick in boise

      PR, LIDR (CF)??

      Bit of Lane Adams trivia (wikipedia):
      Adams attended Red Oak High School in Red Oak, Oklahoma. Playing for the school’s basketball team, he scored 3,251 points, making him the fifth-highest scorer in Oklahoma high school basketball history.

      3,251? Whoa.