2015 Reds, 1990 Score style: The Coaches

Pico

Jeff Pico pitched for the Chicago Cubs from 1988-1990, going 13-12 with a 4.24 ERA. He appeared in the original 1990 Score set as a Cub. Pico was named the Reds pitching coach in 2014 after several years of coaching in the Arizona Diamondbacks system. It was announced last month that his contract would not be renewed for the 2016 season.

Jay Bell

Jay Bell was a 2-time All-Star in his 18-year career. He collected 1963 hits and batted .265 for the Indians, Pirates, Royals, Diamondbacks, and Mets from 1986 to 2003. He appeared in the 1990 Score set as a member of the Pirates and also had a “Young Superstars” card. Bell was named to the Reds’ coaching staff in November, 2013; like Pico, he will not be returning for the 2016 season.

Jenkins

Mack Jenkins never made it to the majors, but pitched in the Reds’ minor league system from 1986 through 1988. As a member of the Billings Mustangs in 1987, Jenkins was the winning pitcher that ended the Salt Lake Trappers’ record winning streak at 29 games. He is currently serving the Reds as bullpen coach.

Stefanski

Mike Stefanski was a 1994 Texas League All-Star, but never made the jump to the major leagues. He became the Reds’ bullpen catcher in 2004 and was named catching coordinator in 2013.

Hatcher

Billy Hatcher was a member of the 1990 World Champion Cincinnati Reds and set World Series records for highest batting average (.750), most consecutive hits (7), and most doubles in a four-game series (4). He appeared in the 1990 Score set as a member of the Pirates, and in the Score Rookie & Traded set for the Reds. Hatcher has been stationed in the first base coaching box for several years, but in 2016 will transition to the third base coaching box.

Benavides

Freddie Benavides made his major league debut with the Reds on May 14, 1991, as the starting shortstop against the St. Louis Cardinals. He was 0-1 that day, but scored a run after being hit by a pitch in the fifth inning. Benavides will step into the first base coaching box in the 2016 season.

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