Cincinnati Reds won’t bring back much of 2022 coaching staff

The Cincinnati Reds announced Thursday afternoon that they will not be bringing back much of their coaching staff. Manager David Bell and pitching coach Derek Johnson will return.

Among the coaches and staff who will not be returning to the organization in 2023 are Alan Zinter (batting coach), Delino DeShields (first base, infield, base running coach), Lee Tunnell ( bullpen), Rolando Valles (assistant coach), and Cristian Perez (advanced scouting coach).

It’s no surprise that some coaches don’t return after a 62-100 season. There’s not much a coach can do when the organization robs you of half the talent you had in the big league and then injuries prevent some of the remaining talent from entering the field for much of the year (The Baseball Prospectus Injury Tool estimates that the Reds have lost more on-field value to injury than any other baseball team this year, and by a wide margin).

That said, there will be a lot of people surprised that manager David Bell will return after his team lost the second-most games in franchise history. Of course, there were also people clamoring for his job after back-to-back winning seasons. Bell was under contract for the 2023 season, and he also makes a lot more money than the various coaches. So, from a financial point of view, not bringing him back would be very different from not bringing back a large part of the coaching staff.

The same probably applies to Derek Johnson. He was also under contract for 2023, and he probably makes a lot more money than other coaches given his role as both pitching coach and pitching manager for the organization. There were tough times in 2022 for the pitching staff, but Johnson also oversaw the rookie years and continued development and improvements throughout the season for Alexis Diaz, Nick Lodolo, Hunter Greene, and up. his return from the injured list for the final. two weeks of the season – Graham Ashcraft.

The first day of the offseason started with a bang. The next big thing likely to happen is many exits and players designated for assignment at the end of the playoffs and players on the 60-day injured list need to be moved back to the 40-player list where they will have to create spots for .

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