When the Cincinnati Reds offseason started, a lot of things that were going on involved restructuring of the front office and developmental staff. There were new hires, some promotions from within, and the creation of several new jobs, too. Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer originally reported that the Reds were looking for a new pitching coordinator on November 7th. That job had previously been held by Tony Fossas. A week later I reported that Fossas would remain in the organization.

As it turns out, Tony Fossas will be remaining in his job as Reds minor league pitching coordinator for the 2019 season. It will be his 11th season in the Cincinnati organization and his fourth year as the pitching coordinator. Prior to that he was the pitching coach in Dayton and in Billings. He also spent 12 years in the Major Leagues as a reliever between 1988-1999.

Coaching Staffs

The coaching staffs for the minor league teams haven’t been named yet. This has historically happened in mid-January in the past. It sounds as if that’s still going to be the general timeline for the announcements this year, too. So put it in your calendars – last year the announcements came on January 17th.

22 Responses

  1. Wes

    Kikuchi contract is huge for reds landing kuechel. Both boras clients- Kikuchi is only 27 and he could only get a 3 year deal at just over 16 mil per season.

    Hard to think kuechel has a 4 year deal on the table from a playoff contender. Maybe doesn’t even have a 3 year deal.

    Praying kuechel comes around and wants to play in cincy. Bet reds will offer most money by far and still not over pay for him. Come on Dallas !

    • Doug Gray

      I don’t think it means much. Kikuchi is coming off a shoulder injury. And he’s got a 3-year deal with a 1-year player option or a 4-year TEAM option that pushes his deal over $100M. If I’m the Seibu Lions, I’m furious right now about that option being a thing. It could cost them millions and millions of dollars and it’s SHADY as can be.

  2. Redsvol

    I’m disappointed by Fosssas being the pitching coordinator. We have done very little to develop pitching the last 11 years. Its past time to name someone else pitching coordinator. I know he has only been coordinator for 4 years but I’d like to see more guys drafted outside of the fist 2 rounds making an impact at the major league level that are home grown. Other teams seem to be able to do it.

    • Seat101

      I don’t know how to look this up, but I think the St. Louis Cardinals have a scale at this that we lack.

      • MuddyCleats

        Agree Seat! & it’s not just Pitchers; they Produce a # of ML ready position players as well

    • MK

      Can’t make silk purses out of sows ears. I know there has been some disappointment among staff for the pitching drafting outside the first few rounds and I think there was some serious discussions internally about this in August and maybe this helped lead to some of the other personnel changes.
      Personally I am glad Tony will be back he has become a good friend over the past few years and has worked hard to make those silk purses.

      • Seat101

        Perhaps you know why there was a delay in announcing his retention?

      • MK

        Not sure what is told externally is what is known internally. A new leader always gets to pick his or her own staff and official announcements aren’t always made in a timely fashion.

    • Michael Smith

      @redsvol I have to ask what do you consider an impact?

      • Redsvol

        I don’t think its any secret most fans know the the Reds haven’t developed much home-grown starting pitching, much less relief pitching in the last 20 yrs
        I think the Cardinals are the class of the division and have been able to consistently develop pitchers who haven’t been a drafted in the first round. Players taken in the first round are expected to succeed – although some don’t of course.
        Cardinals have 8 pitchers currently on their 40 man roster who were either drafted outside the 1st round or signed internationally. That is an organization that is developing pitching. We have 3. I think we should expect our pitching coaches & coordinators to do more.
        We look even worse if you consider our recent first rounds misses of Travieso and Howard.

    • Muddycleats

      Spot On! That’s the 64M $ question, why r other teams able 2 develop home grown SP & Reds struggle @ it 4 YEARS

  3. Moses

    OT, Doug, but Fossas being Cuban reminded me of your closing comments on the last Cuba-related story. Have you gotten any blowback on that? Why no comments that could veer towards the political?

    • pog

      Just a newbie opinion, but it nice to have a place to read that doesn’t have a constant drumbeat of politics. I like the civility, as well. Refreshing change.

      Thanks Doug for making it so.

      • MK

        But this was a government decision that effected baseball. It does not have to be pro or con any political party but it can be a discussion of how the government has responded. The original article addressed the politics saying one administration said OK the next No.

    • Big Ed

      I think Doug is 100% on the right track on the no-politics policy, because else this site and Redleg Nation would devolve into the rest of the internet.

      On Monday, the Wall Street Journal’s regular “Americas” column on its opinion page addressed the issue. Not sure if the piece is behind a pay wall, but it fairly explains the controversy even if does take a side.

      • Colorado Red

        Agree Big Ed.
        I like the no politics rules.
        I am here to discuss the Reds.
        If I want to talk politics I comment on Yahoo or one of many other sites.

      • Moses

        for the record, I don’t have any problem with a “no politics” rule on a blog but I do have an issue with a no comments decision because there’s a chance of political discussion. I’m guessing that there are other ways of reaching the goal besides stopping the discussion before it starts.

      • Doug Gray

        I don’t have time to police the comments section 24/7. So stopping the discussion before it starts on a topic that is 100% guaranteed to spark political talk, and thus insults, is and always will be the way I will be going. I’m simply not having it. People can’t handle themselves at all when it comes to politics.

    • Doug Gray

      There’s a difference between someone being from Cuba and all of the politics around why the Cuban deal is going to be nixed.

      No blowback on it, but even if there were, I’m not concerned. I’m going to do what I feel is the right call.

      • Oldtimer

        Having a coach or instructor from the Carribean is a big advantage with young players from that area (Cuba or not). Many are teenagers who barely speak English.

      • Moses

        Obviously, there’s a difference, but I wasn’t able to comment on the other blog post, so this seemed like as good a spot as any for doing so (while still imperfect).

  4. ChattaRed

    With a totally revamped staff with the Reds and new guys in the Top 3 Player Development positions, it would be shocking to not see the same wholesale changes within the coaching ranks at the affiliates. No one has anything but good to say about the coaches in Daytona, AA (formerly Pensacola) and Louisville, whereas it’s nearly the opposite from Dayton down to Arizona. Dayton has been helmed quite ignominiously 5 of the past 6 years equally by Jose Nieves, the former MLB’er from Venezuela and Luis Bolivar, the former MIlB’er (who also hails from Venezuela) and there’s nothing to show for it other than money in the owners pockets from years of sellouts. After Nieves failed with the Dragons they sent him to the most important position – the entry level into pro ball, where young players need someone special, an impact coach. However nothing good has come out of the desert in Nieves’ tenure, except for him personally, as he’s collected a paycheck and got 3 more years towards his minor league pension. Back to Bolivar, in Dayton. Bolivar, Nieves and Ray Martinez have all managed the top Reds draft picks over the past 6 years, yet the best we have to show for it is Winker, who has very little power, despite his size and is atrocious defensively. The Reds need new leadership from Arizona up to Daytona, because if they’re creating a new culture then it makes sense to implement it at the entry points, where the young players need to learn it and carry with them up thru the system. Tremendous credit to Dick Williams for recognizing that there were serious issues in development and
    addressing it. Now the job must be completed and if it is Look Out, as you will see a powerhouse in Chattanooga in 2020 that will then move up to AAA and end up as the final pieces to the next great Reds dynasty, featuring mostly homegrown players. All of those who tie to the past failures and cultural issues must be jettisoned, so that there is a completely fresh and exciting dynamic and culture within the system, especially at the lowest levels. No more just collecting a paycheck. The Reds need quality coaches and ones who can inspire. The Reds future is incredibly bright and Dick Williams and the new development leadership are going to be the talk of baseball in just 2 more years, because the change will happen quickly, if the farm
    produces a bumper crop. The past 6 years they’ve been given wonderful seeds, but they did not farm them well. In 2021 they will reap the harvest. Again, kudos to Dick Williams.

    Luis