In Minor League baseball, the norm is often turnover among coaches and players, with 30 new faces in the clubhouse every year. However, this coming 2012 season, fans of the Blaze will recognize two-thirds of the coaching staff from a 2011 squad that narrowly missed the California League Playoffs.
Ken Griffey Sr. and Rigo Beltran will both return, and will be joined by new hitting coach Eli Marrero.
Perhaps most excitingly, all three members of the 2012 Blaze coaching staff are former Major League ballplayers with a combined 34 years of Major League service.
The 2012 season will mark Ken Griffey, Sr.’s second full year as a manager after spending the 2010 season as the hitting coach with the Dayton Dragons, Cincinnati’s Class-A Midwest League affiliate.
The hitting coach will be Eli Marrero, who was the hitting coach in Billings last summer.
I am astounded that Senior is back for a second season in Bakersfield. I figured one full season of bus trips (though they’re not that long of trips in the California League, from what I understand) would be enough. Good for him.
I’ve been a Reds fan since the late ’60’s, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in ’84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in ’90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.