Fairly interesting article in today’s Enquirer on Todd Benzinger’s first year as a minor league manager:
Benzinger, a nine-year veteran of the major leagues, played for the Reds from 1989 to 1991 and caught the final out of the RedsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ 1990 Word Series sweep of the Oakland AÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s. The New Richmond High School graduate has coached girls basketball in high school and last year coached the Cincinnati Steam of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League.
But this is his first job in professional baseball and heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s managing a Reds Class A affiliate that is not loaded with top prospects.
I would agree that there aren’t many top prospects on this team (Sulbaran, Lotzkar (if and when he gets out of extended), maybe Fairel)..but this is a group of players that won both halves of the division title last year in Billings. So it’s not that they’re without talent.
But it is an interesting look into the duties, responsibilities, and drudgery that comes with being a minor league manager.