Reds announce 2019 coordinators and instructors Doug Gray January 10, 2019 5 Comments Rounding out the naming of the 2019 Cincinnati Reds Minor League staff, the Reds announced the coordinators and roving instructors. For the most part, the staff is the same as it was last year. Chris Tremie is taking over as the field coordinator for the system. We found out about that back in November. Tremie had spent the last 13 seasons working for the Cleveland Indians as a manager in their farm system. He managed at every level, and had spend the last six seasons as the Triple-A manager. Earlier this week we reported that Tony Fossas would be returning as the pitching coordinator after reports that while he would be staying in the organization, it may have been in a different role. Milt Thompson is also returning as the hitting coordinator. It will be his third year serving as the Reds hitting coordinator. Corky Miller is also returning as the catching coordinator on the farm system. Frank Pfister returns as the mental skills coach, too. Billy Hatcher is taking over as the outfield and baserunning coordinator. Those used to be two different jobs, held by Darren Bragg (outfield) and Delino DeShields (baserunning). Bill Doran, who previously served as the field coordinator, has moved into the role of a special assistant to the general manager, player performance role. He joins three others who return to the same role: Eric Davis, Barry Larkin, and Mario Soto. And out in Goodyear, James Baldwin returns as the rehabilitation coach. It’s his fourth season in the role, and fourth season with the Reds. Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditPocket 5 Responses Oldtimer January 10, 2019 Good to retain Hatcher and Doran. Add SP and find CF then Reds can be .500 team in 2019. Redsvol January 10, 2019 tell me old-timer, why is it good that we retain Hatcher and Doran? Oldtimer January 10, 2019 Hatcher remembers when Reds played in (and won) WS. Like Davis or Larkin. Doran was a quality MLB INF and good hitter plus is a local Cincinnati product. Oldtimer January 10, 2019 CLIPPED: In 2018, Billy Hatcher completed his 13th season as a Major League coach with the Reds organization. He worked as first-base, third-base, outfield, and baserunning coach. Prior to joining the Reds, he spent ten seasons in the Tampa Bay Rays organization, first as a roving minor-league instructor (1996), then as a minor-league coach for 1997 Florida State League champion St. Petersburg. Hatcher spent the next eight seasons as a member of the Rays’ Major League coaching staff (1998–2005) as the first-base coach (1998–99, 2003–05), bench coach (2001–02), and third-base coach (2000). He holds the distinction of being the only coach to work for the Rays in each of the club’s first eight years of existence. Oldtimer January 10, 2019 CLIPPED: Doran was selected by the Houston Astros in the sixth round of the 1979 draft. He made his major league debut with the team in 1982. In 1986, the Astros went to the playoffs and Doran finished eleventh in the voting for NL Most Valuable Player. In the 1986 National League Championship Series, Doran hit a two-run home run in a Game Three loss for the Astros. Before the 1987 season, Doran lost an arbitration case with the Astros. Paid $550,000 in 1986, he was seeking $825,000. Doran received only $625,000. He had his best year that season. He led the NL in games played (162), batted .283, hit a career high 16 home runs, had a career high .992 fielding percentage, and scored a career high 79 runs. After the 1988 season, Doran underwent rotator cuff surgery. In August 1990, Doran was traded to the Cincinnati Reds for three players to be named later. He turned down a trade to the New York Mets the day before. Although the Reds won the World Series that year, Doran had back surgery the day the team clinched the division pennant and he missed the rest of the season. “I didn’t feel like I belonged. I was just a rented player”, Doran said. In 1992, Cincinnati’s Bip Roberts emerged as a standout second baseman and made the NL All-Star team. The Reds sold Doran to the Milwaukee Brewers in January 1993. He retired in 1993 after struggling with injuries that season. Doran had a career .266 batting average, but had four seasons when he placed in the top 10 in the National League in bases on balls. Doran never made an All-Star team, but was extraordinarily popular at The Astrodome and admired for his hustle and ferocity, reminiscent of Cincinnati native Pete Rose. He was widely considered the best Astros second baseman in team history until the emergence of Craig Biggio, who eclipsed Doran in offensive statistics but never approached Doran’s defensive capacity. He is among the career leaders in many offensive categories for the Astros. He is top 10 in at bats (8th), runs (8th), hits (8th), singles (8th), triples (10th), total bases (9th), and bases on balls (6th). Doran became a minor league instructor for the Reds in 1995. In 1999 and 2000, Doran served as the organization’s minor league field coordinator, director of player development and assistant to the general manager. He became a major league coach for the Reds in November 2000. After a 96-loss season in 2001, the Reds did not renew the contracts of Doran or third base coach Ron Oester. Doran joined the Kansas City Royals coaching staff in 2005 and became their bench coach the following year. He is currently a special assistant to the Reds.