The Pensacola Blue Wahoos were the last team to release their 2018 coaching staff to the public. We found out last week that Jody Davis would be taking over as the manager of the Blue Wahoos in 2018. He’s replacing Pat Kelly, who moved up to manage the Louisville Bats. As noted in the article linked above, Davis has managed in the Minor Leagues in the past, from 2006-2010 while in the Chicago Cubs organization.

Danny Darwin, better known as Doctor Death in some circles, will be returning to Pensacola as the pitching coach. It will be his third season in the Reds organization in that same role. He also served as a coach in other organizations from 2006-2010. Darwin is a 21-year Major League veteran. From 1978-1998 he threw 3016.2 innings, splitting time between the rotation and the bullpen. In 1990 he led the National League in ERA, posting a 2.21 mark in 162.2 innings.

Pensacola will be getting a new hitting coach in 2018. Mike Devereaux will be taking over the job that Gookie Dawkins held in 2017. It will be the first season in the organization for the former Major Leaguer, who had been a coach in the Colorado Rockies organization for the previous handful of seasons. From 1987 through 1998 he spent time in the Major Leagues for parts of each season. He would have 4102 career plate appearances for five different organizations in that span, hitting 105 career home runs.

Lenny Harris will also be joining the Blue Wahoos coaching staff. He will take over as the bench coach in Pensacola. In 2017 he served in the same role with the Arizona League Reds. This is his second season in the Reds organization as a coach. Prior to that he worked on the Miami Marlins Major League staff in a few different roles, and also managed one of their farm teams. He also worked in the Dodgers and Nationals organizations before that. Harris had a long Major League career as a player. He debuted in 1988 and retired after the 2005 season. He played in 1903 games during his Major League career, stealing 131 bases in that span.

4 Responses

  1. MK

    Lenny is also the all-time MLB pinch hit leader with 212, 37 more than second place.

  2. MDH

    Can you elaborate some more on the “Doctor Death” nickname?

    • Jim H.

      “Darwin was nicknamed ‘Doctor Death’ by Houston Astros teammate Nolan Ryan because of how tough Darwin was and all the fights he had purportedly won.”

      Another story…

      “During a brawl between the Phillies and the Giants, Orel Hershiser claims Darwin punched him in the face. At the time, the two were teammates. Hershiser claimed it was retribution for Hershiser hitting Darwin back when he was pitching against him.”

      • Doug Gray

        Thanks Jim!

        It’s been an incredibly busy day for me trying to take care of so many things. This week hasn’t been full of much free time to go through the comments.