Just who I wanted!
CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Reds today announced that Billy Hatcher has joined manager Jerry Narron's Major League staff as first base coach.
Hatcher also will work with the outfielders and as the team's baserunning instructor. He replaces John Moses, who retired Thursday.
The former outfielder played 12 seasons in the big leagues for the Cubs, Astros, Pirates, Reds, Red Sox, Phillies and Rangers. He had a .264 career batting average in 1,233 games from 1984-95.
He played for Cincinnati from 1990-92 and stole 30 bases during the wire-to-wire World Series championship season of 1990. During the 1990 postseason, Hatcher hit .519 overall (14-for-27), including .750 (9-for-12) in the 4-game World Series sweep over the heavily favored Oakland Athletics. He established World Series records for highest batting average for a 4-game series (.750), most consecutive hits in a series (7) and most doubles in a 4-game series (4).
Hatcher spent the last 10 seasons in the Tampa Bay Devil Rays organization, first as a roving Minor League instructor (1996), then as a Minor League coach (1997) and the last 8 seasons as a member of the Major League coaching staff. He spent 5 seasons as the Devil Rays' first base coach (1998-99, 2003-05), 2 seasons as bench coach (2001-02) and 1 season as third base coach (2000).
Hatcher was 1 of 5 candidates for the position, including special consultant to the general manager Ken Griffey Sr., outfield/bunting instructor Ed Napoleon, Minor League outfield/baserunning coordinator Lynn Jones and new advance scout Pete Mackanin.