2014 coaching staff named

The Reds announced new manager Bryan Price’s coaching staff on Wednesday. You’ll notice a couple of familiar names and some new ones, too.

*Assistant pitching coach Mack Jenkins has been named bullpen coach.

*First base coach Billy Hatcher remains in his current spot.

*Catching coach/bullpen catcher Mike Stefanski will return to those roles.

*Jay Bell is the new bench coach.

*Don Long is the new hitting coach.

*Jeff Pico is the new pitching coach.

*Don Long is the new hitting coach.

*Steve Smith is the new third base coach.

*Freddie Benavides has been added as an extra coach to focus on infield instruction.

More details are on Reds.com. Click here for the story.


Any word on why Mark Berry is not returning?

Here is the info everyone will be wondering about:
Don Long became hitting coach of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2008 after 25 years in minor league baseball as a player, coach and manager.

An infielder, he was drafted by the Cleveland Indians out of high school, the Cincinnati Reds and Houston Astros out of junior college and finally the San Francisco Giants in the 3rd round of the 1983 amateur draft. He played three seasons in the Giants chain before retiring.

Long had won Bronze with Team USA in the 1982 Amateur World Series.

Long was a coach for Seattle University and the Everett Giants in 1986 and the Quad City Angels in 1987-1988. He began managing with the Bend Bucks in 1988.

Long was a minor league hitting instructor for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1999 and was the Phillies’ minor league hitting coordinator from 2000 to 2007. After his stint with the Pirates, he was the minor league hitting coordinator for the Atlanta Braves and in 2014 returned to the big leagues as hitting coach for the Reds.

Berry didn’t want to coach full time. He’ll remain with the organization. I just added to my story and it should be updated live soon.

Thanks for the update.

Mark….excellent rundown on all of the coaching staff. Very helpful; thank you for
the thumbnail on each of the newbies.

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