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Pirates hitting coach Jay Bell leaves to take the Reds bench coach job

Nov 12, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

Jay Bell

Jay Bell spent the past season as the Pirates hitting coach. He’s moving down the Ohio River now, however. He’s been named the bench coach for the Cincinnati Reds, where he’ll be new manager Bryan Price’s right-hand man. The Pirates confirmed the move this morning.

As far as stepping-stones go it’s better to be a bench coach than a hitting coach. Especially considering no one has ever been able to demonstrate how one can judge who a good hitting coach is and who a bad one is. Well, except for maybe Larry Parrish, who was awful.

  1. sfm073 - Nov 12, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    How can one judge how good of a bench coach someone is? Hitting coaches are overrated but they can make a difference throughout the year.

    • drone501 - Nov 12, 2013 at 6:45 PM

      all you do is shake hands and slap the players on the butt.

  2. jeffreardonsbeard - Nov 12, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    A bench coach at least has to assume managerial duties from time to time presumably (ejections, time away from the team, etc). It’s the equivalent of the Vice-President. How do you evaluate a good VP? It’s based on the assumption that the could assume the head job in a pinch.

  3. pens5829 - Nov 12, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Can’t beat’m? Buy’m out?

    • drone501 - Nov 12, 2013 at 6:47 PM


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