The Pensacola Blue Wahoos are expected to formally announce Dick Schofield as their hitting coach in the coming weeks, according to reports.
Cincinnati’s Double-A affiliate lost manager Jim Riggleman to Louisville in December and hitting coach Tony Jaramillo the next month, fueling a series of promotions through the Reds’ minor league system that brought Delino DeShields to Pensacola. After weeks of speculation, including a verbal statement from DeShields announcing his intentions to bring Schofield on board, the news was quietly confirmed with the release of the club’s media guide in mid-February.
From the team write-up:
[Schofield] previously worked in the Angels’ minor league system as a roving infield coordinator (2012) and hitting coach for Class A Inland Empire (2011). The former shortstop played 14 Major League seasons with the Angels, Mets, Blue Jays and Dodgers[.]
…Schofield was drafted by the Angels in the first round (third overall) of the 1981 draft.
The 2013 campaign will be Schofield’s first with the Cincinnati organization.
This won’t be the first time DeShields has worked with Schofield. Both coaches were teammates in Los Angeles during the 1995 season; the former continued playing through 2002 before eventually retiring with the Chicago Cubs, while the latter finished his career as an Angel one season after departing the Dodgers.
On a personal note, Schofield is a man born into baseball. His father Ducky Schofield played for nine teams over nineteen seasons, winning a World Series title in 1960 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Current Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth is the younger Schofield’s nephew, and reportedly remain in touch.
The Wahoos’ season will trail the Reds’ by a few days, so any announcement from team official would likely come close to the start of the season. Minor league players will be assigned on March 31, with Opening Day following on April 4.