Word broke across Twitter today about the impending hire of former Nationals skipper Jim Riggleman as the manager of the Reds new AA affiliate the Pensacola Blue Wahoos in the Southern League. This follows a week of changes throughout the Reds organizational coaching ranks.
As it currently stands, Moeller High School Alum David Bell, known also for his famous baseball family and it ties to the Reds organization, will manage the Louisville Bats. Bell managed the Carolina Mudcats last season to a league worst 53-86 record but is considered a top managerial prospect around minor league ball. He replaces Rick Sweet who will step into the role of organization catching coach after becoming the winningest coach in Louisville history. Bell represents the 3rd generation of the Bell family in the Reds organization. His grandfather was Gus Bell who played for the Reds for 8 of his 12 years in baseball. His father is Buddy Bell who spent 3 years as a player for the Reds during his 17 year MLB career and coached for the Reds as well.
Delino DeShields Sr. is back for another year with the Dayton Dragons as I reported earlier this week following his playoff run last season.
According to Reds.com, the Blue Wahoos will make the formal introduction of Riggleman, but questions remain following his abrupt departure midseason from the Washington Nationals. ESPN.com senior writer David Schoenfield opined in June that Riggleman’s actions would prevent him from ever being considered for a Major League managerial role again and this seems to confirm that assessment.
Ken Griffey Sr. managed in Bakersfield last year and while no announcement has been made I look forward to seeing him return to the Blaze and get the chance to share some of his wisdom and experience with speedy Billy Hamilton.
Pat Kelly is returning for his second year as manager of the Reds Rookie League affiliate, the Billings Mustangs.
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