SARASOTA -- From talking with Jerry Narron around noon today, I got the feeling Billy Hatcher was the choice for the first base coaching job. And now it's official. Hatcher replaces John Moses, who resigned last week, and is expected to be in uniform tomorrow.
The former Reds outfielder spent the last eight seasons on the Devil Rays' staff, including stints as the first base coach (1998-99, 2003-05), third base coach (2000) and bench coach (2001-02). Before that, Hatcher spent two seasons with Tampa Bay as a minor league instructor.
UPDATE: Jerry gave me a call while waiting for his dinner, and he said the decision was "very difficult" but he was thrilled to have Hatcher in the fold.
"He was an outstanding major league player and he has an outstanding history with the Cincinnati Reds, and thatís all a plus," said Narron. "I just really believe heís a guy thatís going to be a long-term fit for Cincinnati and do a great job for us."
As tough as it was to tell the other four they didn't get the job, said Narron, the saving grace is that all four will still be in the Reds' organization and helping out along the way.
He also noted that the decision was basically his to make. I don't know that he would have had that much freedom under the previous regime...
"One thing Iím very happy about is, Mr. Castellini had the confidence in me to make the decision on my own," said Narron. "I did talk with Wayne extensively about each man, but no one tried to influence the decision in any way."
posted by Marc @ 5:58 PM 0 comments
In case you missed it...
SARASOTA -- Felipe Lopez has decided not to play in the World Baseball Classic. He probably would have been Puerto Rico's starting shortstop, but decided it would be better to stick around Reds camp.
Felipe was among the position players trickling in this weekend. Austin Kearns and Adam Dunn arrived in town Saturday, and Jacob Cruz made his first appearance Sunday.
Other than that, been a pretty slow day...