The Louisville Bats were the last of the Cincinnati Reds full-season affiliates to name their coaching staff for the 2020 season. There is one coach returning to Louisville, but three new faces for 2020.
Pat Kelly will be new for 2020, but not exactly new as manager for the Louisville Bats. Kelly takes over as manager for the Bats after spending the 2019 season at the Double-A level with Chattanooga as the Lookouts manager. In 2018 he was the manager for the Bats for about two weeks, but when Bryan Price was fired in Cincinnati and Jim Riggleman took over as manager, Kelly joined the Reds staff as their bench coach for the rest of the season. He’s also managed in Pensacola, Bakersfield, Lynchburg, Billings, and with the GCL Reds. As a player he reached the Major Leagues in 1980 with the Toronto Blue Jays. He played minor league baseball in parts of 13 seasons between 1973 and 1987 (did not play in 1984 or 1986).
Leon Durham is making the return to Louisville. He’s been the Bats hitting coach the past two seasons and 2020 will make it his third. Prior to that job he was in the Detroit Tigers organization for 17 years – 16 at Triple-A Toledo as their hitting coach, and then in 2017 on the Tigers Major League staff as their assistant hitting coach. The Cincinnati native spent parts of 10 seasons in the Major Leagues from 1980-1989 and was a 2-time All-Star with the Chicago Cubs. He also played for the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds in his career.
James Baldwin will be taking over as the pitching coach for the Bats. He’s been in the Reds organization for the past four seasons – all coming in Goodyear where he served as the rehab coach. As a player he pitched in the Major Leagues for 11 seasons, from 1995-2005. He went 79-74 in 266 games, pitching as both a starter and reliever. He was an All-Star with the White Sox in 2000. Baldwin also pitched for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Seattle Mariners, Minnesota Twins, New York Mets, Texas Rangers, and Baltimore Orioles.
The new bench coach in Louisville will be Kevin Mahar. He’s been with the Reds for six different seasons. The last three years he was the bench coach for the Dayton Dragons. Prior to that h had been the hitting coach for Billings in 2013 and 2014, then as the Daytona Tortugas hitting coach in 2015. As a player he reached the Major Leagues in 2007 with the Texas Rangers. He played in the minor leagues from 2004-2010.
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