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Some changes are afoot with Cincinnati’s minor league affiliates. Delino Deshields has been replaced as manager of Triple-A Louisville. Pat Kelly, who has been managing Cincinnati’s Double-A affiliate in Pensacola, will move into the job.
Mark Sheldon has all the details:
Pat Kelly, who was managing at Double-A Pensacola for the past three seasons, will move up to be Louisville’s next manager. Kelly is replacing Delino DeShields, who will remain in the organization as the Minor League bunting and baserunning instructor.
Kelly has managed Minor League teams for 26 years, and he will be making his fifth stop for a team in the Reds’ system.
Leon Durham, who played briefly for the Reds in 1988, is returning to the organization as Louisville’s hitting coach. Durham spent the past 17 seasons in the Tigers’ organization, including last season as their big league assistant hitting coach, and the other 16 with Triple-A Toledo.
There were other interesting notes in today’s announcement, including the fact that former Red Elmer Dessens will be the pitching coach for the AZL Reds, while another familiar face will be the bench coach: Donald Lutz. Seth Etherton will be the pitching coach in Dayton. And Mario Soto, Eric Davis, and Barry Larkin will continue to be roving instructors in the organization.
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