David Bell is the new manager. He replaces interim skipper Jim Riggleman (64-80), who took over from Bryan Price, who was fired after a 3-15 start last season. Bell’s contract is for 3-years.
For the past two seasons, Bell was the VP of player development in San Francisco. He previously worked as a bench coach with the Cardinals and as a third base coach with the Cubs (2013-17), and also spent four seasons as a minor league manager in the Reds system (2009-12).
A major league infielder with 6 different teams over a 12-year playing career, David is the grandson of former Reds outfielder Gus Bell (1953-61) and the son of former Reds infielder and current front office member Buddy Bell (1985-88).
The Bells are the 5th father-son duo to manager in the majors. Buddy managed in Detroit, Colorado and Kansas City.
The worst contract in baseball belongs to Homer Bailey: 6-yr, $105M.
And the Reds found a taker, shipping him to the Dodgers in Dec. in return for:
Puig’s been an everyday player for the Reds (.212 avg., 7 HR, 22 RBI).
Kemp was released earlier this month (20 G, .200 avg).
Wood is dealing with a lower back issue and has yet to pitch.
Farmer (.231, 5 HR 13 RBI), a natural catcher, has found his way into 30 games, 11 starts, roving around the infield at 1B, 2B & 3B.
NEW SHADE OF RED
After 4-straight years of finishing last in the division, the Reds are more formidable than in years past.
After a Cub-esque (1-8) start to the season, the Reds have rallied with a (17-16) mark.
They’ve committed the 3rd fewest errors in the National League.
Have the 5th best fielding percentage in the NL.
And own a +28 run differential despite a losing record (18-24).
PITCHING PITCHING PITCHING
Over the last four years CIN pitching has ranked last in the NL in ERA (4.97) and WHIP (1.42).
That’s completely changed this year.
Entering this series, the Reds rank 1st in the NL in ERA (3.36) … and second in both strikeouts (393) and opponents average (.229).
Luis Castillo, 26, is having a breakout season (4-1, 1.76).
9 starts — 11 ER in 56.1 IP —24 BB, 70 K
NL PITCHING WAR LEADERS
2.5 – Castillo
2.1 – Marquez
2.0 – Eflin
2.0 – Corbin
2.0 – Davies
1.9 – Lester
Raisel Iglesias established himself as a top-end closer in 2018:
Most multi-inning saves in the majors (10)
Most saves of 5 or more outs (12) … 2nd was Josh Hader (7)
Iglesias has struggled some in 2019:
(1-5, 4.12 ERA)
18 H in 19.2 IP
8/10 in save opportunities
Joey Votto, 35, is off to a terrible start:
4 HR, 8 RBI
And remains under contract with the Reds through 2023.
Eugenio Suarez, 27, third base.
Led CIN last season in HR, RBI, Slugging & OPS.
He’s right there again this year:
.252 avg., 12 HR, 26 RBI, .883 OPS
Suarez is nearing the class of KB and Nolan Arenado at the hot corner.
Scooter Gennett, 60-day IL, exited a spring game in late March after suffering a right groin strain. The 2018 All-Star could return following this year’s All-Star break.
Nick Senzel, 23, Reds 1st Rd pick in 2016.
A top prospect in the organization since his arrival.
A natural 3B/IF, Senzel has transitioned to outfield duties in LF & CF.
Tuesday (0-3, BB, K) marked his 11th game in the majors.
Turner Ward … first season with Cincinnati as hitting coach … held same position with Dodgers from 2016-18.
Derek Johnson … first season with Cincinnati as pitching coach … held same position with Milwaukee from 2016-18 … first professional coaching position was minor league pitching coordinator for the Cubs from 2013-15.
Delino DeShields … 11th seasons in the organization … his first on the Major League staff … previous 10 seasons were in player development; eight as a manager:
Rookie League (2010)
Spent last season as the Reds roving bunting and base running instructor … his son, Delino Jr., was a 1st Rd pick of the Astros in 2010 … made his MLB debut with the Rangers in 2015 … has played all five seasons with Texas … daughter, Diamond, 1st Rd pick of WNBA Chicago Sky in 2018.
This year marks the sesquicentennial of the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings, the first all-salaried team in baseball history. To celebrate, the Reds will wear commemorative patches on their jerseys and caps and will feature 15 throwback uniforms to be worn at various home games throughout the season.