From the Enquirer:
Last week the Reds announced some organizational news:
TODAY’S NEWS: Today the Reds named Ronnie Ortegon Major League assistant hitting coach, Ryan Jackson minor league hitting coordinator, Jim Riggleman manager at Louisville, Delino DeShields manager at Pensacola, Ken Griffey Sr. manager at Bakersfield, Jose Nieves manager at Dayton, Pat Kelly manager at Billings and Eli Marrero manager at AZL Reds; promoted Nick Krall to Director of Baseball Operations, Jeff Graupe to Director of Player Development, Sam Grossman to Director of Baseball Research and Analysis, Jeff Taylor to Special Assistant to the GM and John Morris to Special Assistant to the GM; named Reed MacPhail Baseball Operations Assistant and Will Harford professional scout…in 2012, Riggleman managed at Pensacola, DeShields at Dayton and Nieves at AZL Reds…Marrero was the hitting coach at Bakersfield…Jackson had been the hitting coach at Louisville…Griffey will manage his third season at Bakersfield and Kelly his third at Billings.
Couple things of note… Delino DeShields leapfrogs over Ken Griffey Sr. and takes over in Pensacola. Senior stays in a tough situation in Bakersfield (from what I’ve been told..not a real strong franchise, bad ballpark, low attendance, but the organization believes he’s the best guy to help those kids deal with that situation). Riggleman moves up to AAA, I read another report that said he had offers to coach in the bigs, but stayed with the Reds.
Other interesting thing to me was adding Ronnie Ortegon as “Major league assistant hitting coach”. This should make many here happy who have called for the head of Reds hitting coach, Brook Jacoby.
UPDATE: Just read that the Reds have re-signed Corky Miller to a minor league deal with an invite to ST.
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.