Earlier this month we found out that Pat Kelly would be taking over as the Louisville Bats manager. Delino DeShields is moving into a roving instructor role with the Cincinnati Reds organization.

Today the rest of the Louisville Bats coaching staff has been named. Pat Kelly, of course, will manage the team. Jeff Fassero returns to Louisville as the pitching coach. It’s his third season with the Bats. He took over the job from Ted Power when he was promoted to the big leagues as bullpen coach midseason in 2016. Prior to that, Fassero had been a pitching coach with Pensacola as well as the pitching coordinator for the farm system. From 1991 through 2006 he pitched in the big leagues, throwing 2033.2 innings. He started and relieved along the way, posting a 4.11 ERA in his career.

Leon Durham will take over as the hitting coach. It will be his first season in the Cincinnati Reds organization. He served as the Detroit Tigers assistant hitting coach at the Major League level in 2017. Before that he was the Tigers Triple-A hitting coach for the previous 16 seasons. He also played for Louisville (at that time they were the Redbirds) in 1989. Durham saw time in the big leagues in every season of the 1980’s, hitting .277/.356/.475 over his career.

Dick Schofield will be the Louisville Bench coach. This is the first year that he will be in this role with the Bats. It’s his 6th season in the organization. In 2013 he was the Pensacola hitting coach before taking over as manager in Billings for 2014 and 2015. In 2016 he managed the Dayton Dragons before moving back to Pensacola as the bench coach. Schofield played in parts of 14 seasons in the Major Leagues from 1983-1996. He had 4928 plate appearances in his career with four different teams.

 

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