The Billings Mustangs are the Cincinnati Reds longest running affiliate. The two organizations have been together since 1974. Much of the staff will be returning from last season.

Manager Ray Martinez will once again lead the Mustangs. It’s his fourth year in a row as the manager in Billings. He previously managed the Arizona League Reds. He also worked as the hitting coach in the Arizona Rookie League, Billings, and Bakersfield before moving into the managers role. As a player he spent 23 seasons playing professionally between the minors and the Mexican League from 1987-2009. In 2000 he hit .309/.432/.635 with 37 home runs in the Mexican League.

Pitching coach Chris Booker will also be returning to Billings. It will be his second season as the pitching coach. In his playing career, Booker spent parts of three seasons in the Major Leagues between 2005-2007 with the Reds, Royals, and Nationals. He spent parts of 13 seasons in the minor leagues where he threw 655.1 innings, mostly out of the bullpen.

Darryl Brinkley is the Mustangs new hitting coach. In 2018 he served in the same role with the Greeneville Reds, and the same job with the Dominican Summer League Reds in 2016. During the 2017 season he was the bench coach for the Louisville Bats. In his playing career he spent seven seasons in the Minor Leagues, and several other years playing in the Mexican and independent leagues.

Bryan LaHair will return as the bench coach for his second year with the Mustangs. It’s also his second year as a coach. As a player he made the National League All-Star team with the Chicago Cubs in 2012, and spent parts of three seasons in the Major Leagues. The 36-year-old also played professionally in Japan, and spent parts of 10 years in the minors.

Blaine Taylor will be the teams strength and conditioning coach. It’s his second year in the Reds organization and he previously held the same position with the Greeneville Reds. Brandon Blascak will be the teams athletic trainer for the second consecutive season.

2 Responses

  1. Matt

    What happened to Desi reliford micah Owings and Chad cordero. Are they with different teams or did they just get out of coaching. I would like to see them get Mariano Duncan Luis quinones and Terry McGriff back with the reds org

    • Doug Gray

      Not sure about the first two, but Chad Cordero is coaching with his former high school. He probably wanted to stay closer to hom.