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    Reds Announce Alan Zinter as Hitting Coach

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    The #Reds today announced the hiring of Alan Zinter as Hitting Coach for the Major League team and the promotion of Donnie Ecker to Assistant Hitting Coach and Director of Hitting.
    "In our sundown perambulations of late through the outer parts of Brooklyn, we have observed several parties of youngsters playing 'base,' a certain game of ball. We wish such sights were more common among us...The game of ball is glorious..." -Walt Whitman, 1846

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    Re: Reds Announce Alan Zinter as Hitting Coach

    I, of course, have no idea who he is...so I looked at his wikipedia page and it's already updated. "On October 24, 2019, the Cincinnati Reds announced the hiring of Zinter as their hitting coach."

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    Re: Reds Announce Alan Zinter as Hitting Coach

    I am going to give a full ignore to his time with the Padres, that team was really bad then. Interesting that he was an assistant hitting coach with the Astros in 2015.
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    Re: Reds Announce Alan Zinter as Hitting Coach

    I believe this is the first Reds jersey with a last name that starts with a Z since Pat Zachry.

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    Re: Reds Announce Alan Zinter as Hitting Coach

    Zinter and Ecker will work closely together to provide support for the Major League team. In addition, in his new role Ecker will have increased involvement in the creation and implementation of the organization’s hitting philosophies and protocols.

    Williams said, “The structure for the hitting department will closely follow what we have recently instituted on the pitching side. The organizational philosophy will be articulated and implemented in a consistent way across all levels.”

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    Re: Reds Announce Alan Zinter as Hitting Coach

    Long bio short:

    -- Long career as minor league Bull Durham type
    -- Began with DBacks. Goldschmidt gives him some praise as helping him become the guy he is now.
    -- Moved on to Cleveland and Francisco Lindor.
    -- Made the majors as an assistant hitting coach and worked with Carlos Correa and others.
    -- Moved from there to San Diego, where Will Myers and and Austin Hedges found their best success with him.
    -- Did not have much success there and was fired after two years of very poor results.

    A key quote makes him sound an awful lot like pitching coach Derek Johnson:

    “I’m not a cookie cutter coach,” said Zinter. “What do they do best? I want to get them to understand that and get them to understand their mechanics and how to get them to repeat those mechanics. That’s where consistency lies. Obviously there are some points in hitting you want to get to. We stress those and teach those but everybody gets to those points differently and it’s OK. If you stand on your head and can get to the launch position on time I’m fine with that.”

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    Re: Reds Announce Alan Zinter as Hitting Coach

    If nothing else, he doesn't know when to give up...

    Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    1989 21 NYM-min AA- 60 238 200 53 12 1 5 44 30 35 .265 .354 .410 .764
    1990 22 NYM-min A+AA 104 417 353 101 20 6 7 64 57 81 .286 .381 .436 .818
    1991 23 NYM-min AA 124 488 422 93 13 6 9 54 59 106 .220 .319 .344 .663
    1992 24 NYM-min AA 128 505 431 96 13 5 16 50 70 117 .223 .337 .387 .724
    1993 25 NYM-min AA 134 528 432 113 24 4 24 87 90 105 .262 .386 .502 .889
    1994 26 DET-min AAA 134 547 471 112 29 5 21 58 69 185 .238 .344 .454 .798
    1995 27 DET-min AAA 101 379 334 74 15 4 13 48 36 102 .222 .297 .407 .704
    1996 28 BOS-min AAA 108 424 357 96 19 5 26 69 58 123 .269 .373 .569 .941
    1997 29 SEA-min AAA 110 473 404 116 19 4 20 70 64 113 .287 .388 .502 .890
    1998 30 CHC-min AAA 129 500 419 130 23 1 23 81 75 116 .310 .416 .535 .951
    1999 31 CHC-min AAA 14 56 51 13 2 0 3 8 5 13 .255 .321 .471 .792
    2000 32 CHC-ARI-min AAA 101 321 269 66 17 3 15 40 47 86 .245 .358 .498 .856
    2001 33 HOU-min AAA 104 371 332 88 16 0 19 65 33 85 .265 .334 .485 .819
    2002 34 HOU-min AAA 63 248 225 52 14 0 11 39 22 64 .231 .298 .440 .738
    2002 34 HOU NL 39 44 44 6 2 0 2 3 0 19 .136 .136 .318 .455
    2003 35 HOU-min AAA 114 384 342 87 17 0 17 57 36 77 .254 .333 .453 .787
    2004 36 ARI-min AAA 54 211 179 60 12 2 7 39 24 33 .335 .403 .542 .945
    2004 36 ARI NL 28 40 34 7 2 0 1 6 5 15 .206 .300 .353 .653
    2005 37 ARI-min AAA 47 123 111 24 4 1 2 14 12 30 .216 .293 .324 .617
    2006 38 HOU-min AAA 99 248 212 55 11 2 12 44 35 63 .259 .363 .500 .863
    2 Yr 2 Yr 2 Yr 2 Yr 67 84 78 13 4 0 3 9 5 34 .167 .214 .333 .548
    162 162 162 162 162 203 189 31 10 0 7 22 12 82 .167 .214 .333 .548
    ARI ARI ARI ARI 28 40 34 7 2 0 1 6 5 15 .206 .300 .353 .653
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    HOU HOU HOU HOU 39 44 44 6 2 0 2 3 0 19 .136 .136 .318 .455
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    Re: Reds Announce Alan Zinter as Hitting Coach

    This quote makes it sound like Ecker is the key guy moving forward and Zinter is simply working within that philosophy.

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    Re: Reds Announce Alan Zinter as Hitting Coach

    Quote Originally Posted by Griffey012 View Post
    I am going to give a full ignore to his time with the Padres, that team was really bad then. Interesting that he was an assistant hitting coach with the Astros in 2015.
    I thought this, too. It’s also good to note he did well enough with Astros to merit a promotion.
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    Re: Reds Announce Alan Zinter as Hitting Coach

    I remember getting this card in packs

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    Re: Reds Announce Alan Zinter as Hitting Coach

    Zinter is coming...
    "In our sundown perambulations of late through the outer parts of Brooklyn, we have observed several parties of youngsters playing 'base,' a certain game of ball. We wish such sights were more common among us...The game of ball is glorious..." -Walt Whitman, 1846

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    Re: Reds Announce Alan Zinter as Hitting Coach

    Not sure what to think about this hire. Know nothing about him. I hope it works.
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    Re: Reds Announce Alan Zinter as Hitting Coach

    Similar to Chad Mottola, first round draft choice, long minor league career.

    Mottola has been hitting coach for Blue Jays and now TB Rays.

    Zinter's name is familiar as a former Mets draft choice. Hope he teaches Reds' hitters more patience at the plate.

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    Re: Reds Announce Alan Zinter as Hitting Coach

    Quote Originally Posted by OhioRiverBarge View Post
    Zinter is coming...
    Hopefully he will not be the Zinter of our discontent.

    Clearly he knows hitting from A to Z.


    That's all I got.

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    Re: Reds Announce Alan Zinter as Hitting Coach

    Quote Originally Posted by klw View Post
    Hopefully he will not be the Zinter of our discontent.

    Clearly he knows hitting from A to Z.


    That's all I got.
    He’ll be a good fit in Zinzinnati.

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