Dragons pitching coach let go
By Marc Katz
Saturday, September 27, 2008
DAYTON — Pitching coach Doug Bair became the second casualty on the Dragons staff — manager Donnie Scott also was not retained — when he was informed this week by Reds farm director Terry Reynolds he would not be retained after three years in the organization, the last two with the Dragons.
"He told me I didn't have good enough rapport with the pitchers, and I didn't have good enough communication with pitching coordinator Mac Jenkins," Bair, a former long-time major-league pitcher, said Friday, Sept. 26, from his Cincinnati home.
"If he thinks for a minute I didn't have rapport with the pitchers, he's mistaken."
While the Dragons did finish last in the Midwest League with a 4.19 ERA, several pitchers improved dramatically under Bair, who spent the last three seasons in the organization, the last two with the Dragons.
Reynolds would not comment on what he said to Bair and had not determined what will happen to batting coach Darren Bragg.