Former Reds working in the majors


I was watching a Rays game a couple of weeks ago and they mentioned hitting coach Chad Mottola. Mottola was a first round pick for the Reds in 1992, but only played 59 games in the big leagues…with four different teams. He played in the minors with four additional organizations. He never could get his playing career going at a top level, and his journey came to an end in 2007. His coaching career began the very next season, however, and he worked his way up to the majors as a hitting coach with the Blue Jays in 2013. After that season, he took a job with the Rays as a minor league hitting coordinator, and was promoted to serve as the big club’s hitting coach in September 2016.

I thought I would take a look around at the other major league teams to see who else employs former Reds. I’m sure this list is incomplete, so feel free to let me know who is missing.

Arizona Diamondbacks: Darnell Coles (hitting)
Boston Red Sox: Ron Roenicke (bench)
Chicago Cubs: Chris Denorfia (quality assurance)
Cincinnati Reds: Freddie Benavides (bench), Caleb Cotham (assistant pitching), Jeff Brantley (broadcaster), Sam LeCure (broadcaster), Danny Graves (broadcaster), Chris Welsh (broadcaster)
Cleveland Indians: Terry Francona (manager), Carl Willis (pitching)
Colorado Rockies: Steve Foster (pitching)
Detroit Tigers: Lloyd McClendon (hitting)
Houston Astros: Álex Treviño (broadcaster)
Kansas City Royals: Jeff Montgomery (broadcaster)
Los Angeles Dodgers: Bob Geren (bench)
Miami Marlins: Todd Hollandsworth (broadcaster)
New York Yankees: Aaron Boone (manager), Paul O’Neill (broadcaster)
Pittsburgh Pirates: Clint Hurdle (manager), Jacob Cruz (assistant hitting)
San Diego Padres: Skip Schumaker (first base)
Tampa Bay Rays: Chad Mottola (hitting), Ozzie Timmons (1st base)
Texas Rangers: C.J. Nitkowski (broadcaster)
Washington Nationals: Dave Martinez (manager), Derek Lilliquist (pitching)

About JT

Christian. Husband. Dad. 911 dispatcher. Baseball fan. Horror nut. Music nerd. Bookworm. Time Magazine's 2006 Person of the Year.

Posted on April 30, 2019, in baseball, baseball cards and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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