The Chattanooga Lookouts have named their coaching staff for the 2020 season and there’s plenty of changes, with only one coach returning to Chattanooga from the 2019 staff.
Ricky Gutierrez will be taking over as the manager of the Lookouts. He had spent the previous two seasons as the Advanced-A Daytona Tortugas manager. In 2017 – his first season in the organization – he was the Daytona bench coach. Gutierrez led the Tortugas to the Florida State League Championship Series in 2018. As a player he spent parts of 12 seasons in the Major Leagues from 1993-2004. He played for the San Diego Padres, Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, New York Mets, and Boston Red Sox. He played in 1119 games and had 4126 career plate appearances.
The new pitching coach for the Lookouts will be Seth Etherton. He has been a pitching coach in the organization for four seasons. In 2018 and 2019 he was the pitching coach for the Dayton Dragons. The two years prior to that he held the same job for the Billings Mustangs. He also served as a pitching coach for the University of San Francisco before joining the professional baseball ranks. In played in parts of four seasons at the Major League level between 2000 and 2006, including with Cincinnati in 2003. In both 2002 and 2003 he pitched for the Chattanooga Lookouts.
Daryle Ward is the lone returnee from the 2019 Chattanooga staff. He will remain in the same role as last year, serving as the Lookouts hitting coach. This will be his 5th season as a hitting coach in the Reds organization. His first came in 2016 with the AZL Reds. In 2017 and 2018 he served as the Dayton Dragons hitting coach before moving up to Chattanooga in 2019. As a player he spent parts of 11 seasons in the Major Leagues from 1998-2008. He played with the Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Washington Nationals, Atlanta Braves, and Chicago Cubs. He was a career .263/.320/.447 hitter in 948 games and 2462 plate appearances.
The new Lookouts bench coach will be Lenny Harris. This will be his 4th season in the Reds organization – all as a bench coach. In 2017 he held the role with the AZL Reds before moving up to serve in the same gig with Double-A Pensacola in 2018. Last season he was the Daytona Tortugas bench coach. As a player, Harris spent time in the Major Leagues in parts of 18 different seasons from 1988-2005. He played in 1903 games and had 4289 career plate appearances. As a part of the 2003 Florida Marlins he was a World Series champion. He also played with the Cincinnati Reds, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, Colorado Rockies, Arizona Diamondbacks, Milwaukee Brewers, and Chicago Cubs.
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