TODAY’S AFFILIATE NEWS: Today the Reds announced that Class AAA Louisville’s coaching staff will include manager Rick Sweet, hitting coach Adrian Garrett, pitching coach Ted Power and athletic trainer Tomas Vera; Class A Lynchburg’s coaching staff will include manager Pat Kelly, hitting coach Tony Jaramillo, pitching coach Rigo Beltran and athletic trainer Dale Nitzel; rookie league Billings’ coaching staff will include manager Delino DeShields, hitting coach Alex Pelaez, pitching coach Bob Forsch and athletic trainer Charles Leddon; rookie Arizona League Goodyear’s coaching staff will include manager Julio Garcia, pitching coach Tom Browning, hitting coach Jorge Orta, head athletic trainer Clete Sigwart, assistant athletic trainer Charlie Rodriguez and strength and conditioning coach Zach Gjestvang.
President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Walt Jocketty today announced that the Cincinnati Reds and C Ramon Hernandez have agreed to terms on a 1-year contract through the 2010 season with an option for 2011. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
In 81 games last season Hernandez hit .258 with 13 doubles, 5 HR and 37 RBI. With Joey Votto on the disabled list in June, Hernandez started at first base in 18 of the Reds’ 21 games. From July 20-September 18 he missed 57 games while on the disabled list with a left knee injury that required surgery.
Today the Reds corporate sales department presented their “Inside Look” luncheon to current and prospective corporate partners. The event took place in the recently renovated FS Ohio Champions Club at Great American Ball Park. The group listened to various members of the Reds organization speak about partnership possibilities, on-the-field matters and anecdotal stories from a certain Hall of Famer.
Reds President and CEO Bob Castellini welcomed and addressed the crowd.
Reds Hall of Fame radio broadcaster Marty Brennaman impressed the crowd with one of his many, many stories.
Reds President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Walt Jocketty explained what the organization is doing to improve the team for next season. He also will be sharing some breaking news, stay tuned for a future post.
Here is Hal and a fan, along with Hal’s wife Nadine (far left).
TODAY’S NEWS: The starting time for the Friday, 3/19 spring training game vs the Mariners at Goodyear Ballpark has been changed to 7:05 p.m. MST (10 p.m. ET)…the game originally was scheduled to be played that afternoon…attached is the updated 2010 spring training schedule…the schedule is subject to change.
CAROLINA STAFF: Today the Reds announced the Class AA Carolina Mudcats coaching staff to include manager David Bell, hitting coach Ryan Jackson, pitching coach Tom Brown and athletic trainer Jimmy Mattocks…see previous post.
Today, the Cincinnati Reds announced the Class AA Carolina coaching staff to include manager David Bell, hitting coach Ryan Jackson, pitching coach Tom Brown and athletic trainer Jimmy Mattocks. See attached release for more information.
TODAY’S NEWS: Class A Dayton today announced that Todd Benzinger will return as manager, Tony Fossas will return as pitching coach, and Tyler Steele will return as athletic trainer…Ken Griffey Sr., who had been a special assistant to player development, will serve as the Dragons’ hitting coach.
REDSLAND FOREVER: Redlands Forever, an illustration by artist C.F. Payne that features Reds legends spanning 140 years, will be unveiled tonight at the Cincinnati Art Museum (953 Eden Park Drive)…the cocktail reception is free and open to the public…Payne will lecture at 7:00 p.m….Chris Sabo, the newest member of the Reds Hall of Fame, will meet and greet fans…all proceeds from sales of the print will benefit the Reds Community Fund.
The Dayton Dragons announced their 2010 coaching staff today, as assigned by the Cincinnati Reds. See attached release for more information.
Manager Todd Benzinger and pitching coach Tony Fossas will return for their second seasons with the Dragons. Former Major League All-Star outfielder Ken Griffey, Sr. will join the Dragons field staff as hitting coach. Tyler Steele will return for his second season as athletic trainer.
The Dragons will open their 11th season in the Midwest League on April 8, 2010 against the Lansing Lugnuts at Fifth Third Field.
TODAY’S NEWS: The Carolina League’s Lynchburg Hillcats will serve as the Reds’ advanced Class A affiliate for the 2010 season…located in Virginia, the Hillcats will replace the Reds’ Florida State League team in Sarasota…see previous post for more details.
HAL McCOY: Longtime Reds beat writer and Hall of Famer Hal McCoy will be recognized by the City of Englewood on Sunday from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Englewood City Building (333 National Road)…the long-time resident of Englewood will greet fans, sign autographs and answer questions…the 2009 season was the last covered by McCoy as beat writer for the Dayton Daily News…the longest-tenured beat writer in the country, he covered the Reds for 37 of his 46 years at the DDN.
The Lynchburg (VA) Hillcats are pleased to announce that in the 2010 season they will serve as the Advanced-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. The move became official when the Florida State League owners approved the Pittsburgh Pirates bid to purchase Cincinnati’s High-A club in Sarasota, Fla.
With this approval, the Pirates have taken over control of the Reds Advanced-A team, and are relocating the club to Bradenton, Fla. Pittsburgh already has their Spring Training facility and Gulf Coast League team in Bradenton as part of Pirate City.
Cincinnati will move its High-A team to Lynchburg to replace the Pirates, who had called City Stadium their Advanced-A home since 1995. The Reds will be just the second team to use the moniker of Hillcats, which was formed when the Pirates began their affiliation. Cincinnati will assume responsibility of the final year of a two-year contract that Pittsburgh signed before the start of the 2009 season.
Seen here are photos of Calvin Falwell Field at City Stadium in Lynchburg, Virginia. The stadium was built in 1940 and has seen many renovations, the last in 2005.
The original construction of the baseball park and an adjacent football field was a part of the New Deal’s Work Progress Administration programs. Field dimensions: LF-325′, CF-390′, RF-325′. Capacity: 4,281.
Lynchburg Hillcats mascot, Southpaw.