The Cincinnati Reds have announced their 2023 coaching staff. Manager David Bell, pitching coach Derek Johnson, bench coach Freddie Benavides, and J.R. House are all returning – but we knew that already. The rest of the coaching staff will be: Joel McKeithan as the hitting coach, Terry Bradshaw as the assistant hitting coach, Tim LaMonte as assistant hitting coach, integrated performance, Collin Cowgill as first base coach, Matt Tracy as bullpen coach, Kyle Arnsberg as major league coach/coordinator of advance scouting, and Joseph Singley as the bullpen catcher.

Joel McKeithan was with the organization last year and was the assistant hitting coach in both 2021 and 2022 and now he takes over the job as the hitting coach. The 31-year-old was the Detroit Tigers minor league hitting coordinator before joining the Reds organization.

Terry Bradshaw will take over the assistant hitting coach role. Prior to joining the Reds he was with the Kansas City Royals organization for parts of 23 seasons. He had served as their minor league hitting coordination from 2013-2017 before being promoted to the Royals hitting coach in 2018. He served in that role until May of 2022 when he was fired.

They will be backed up by assistant hitting coach, integrated performance, Tim LaMonte. He had been a hitting coach in the Houston Astros farm system for three seasons before taking over as the New York Mets hitting coordinator in 2022.

New first base coach Collin Cowgill had been a manager in the Seattle Mariners farm system for the last two seasons. He had a winning record in both seasons while he was the manager for the Arkansas Travelers.

Matt Tracy joins the organization to take over as the bullpen coach. He had spent the previous three seasons working for the Toronto Blue Jays as a pitching analyst and development coordinator. His pitchers will be working with new bullpen catcher Joey Singley.

Kyle Arnsberg has been with the Reds organization since 2020. He spent that year at the alternate site before joining the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts where he was the catching coach and game planning coach. In 2022 he joined the big league club as an assistant coach. Now he’s also going to be in charge of coordinating the advanced scouting for the club.

Update on December 1st

The Reds have hired Alon Leichman to be their assistant pitching coach. You can read more about Leichman here.

36 Responses

  1. RedOctober90

    I hope that David Bell gets a decent roster to work with this year. I’m just hoping for competitive baseball! Last year was brutal.

  2. David

    Glad to see that they hired hitting coaches from such successful organizations. The Royals and the Tigers. Well, maybe they are really good coaches.

    Well, Tim Lamonte had been with the Astros.

    Collen Cowgill and Freddy Benavides are possibly first alternates when or if David Bell gets fired for another lousy season of Reds’ baseball.

    Well, I’m pretty excited by all this. Aren’t you?

    • LDS

      Those who can, do. Those who can’t , coach.

      • Harry Stoner

        Those who can do neither write comments on MLB discussion boards.

        Like me, too.

      • LDS

        Privileges of retirement-no longer have to do. However watching the Reds debacle makes one want be the boss just one more day.

      • Votto4life

        How long have you been retired LDS? Two years for me and I am bored silly. I was hoping to spend my golden years at GABP but there was a change in those plans. I did get married last month, so perhaps that will keep me busy. How about you? What do you do with your time?

      • LDS

        V4L, closing in on 3 years, but I accepted a buyout and left about a bit early. Not really bored. Just do t know what I want to do next.

      • LDS

        V4L, closing in on 3 years, but I accepted a buyout and left about a bit early. Not really bored. Just do t know what I want to do next.

      • MBS

        @Votto, Congratulations on your marriage, I just got married 2 weeks ago to.

      • Votto4life

        @MBS Thank you and Congratulations!

      • Jim t

        Retiring the end of the year. Like V4L I am a bit nervous. Spent 20 years in military and 30 as a manager in industry. My wife is going to have her hands full.

        A couple of things Im considering are volunteering at City Gospel. It’s a homeless shelter that sits on old Crosley Field site. Another option is volunteering at the VA. A fact that gets very little attention from our politicians is 22 Veterans a day commit suicide. They could all use are help.

      • greenmtred

        I’ve been encouraging you to apply for the job for quite some time, LDS, But, please, it has to be for at least a year or two. One day would allow you to avoid accountability entirely.

      • LDS

        @Greenmtred, sometimes it only takes a day to fire the deadwood and replace them with qualified people. Any experienced manager should be able to recognize the Reds organizational dysfunction. Only the dreamers that think the Reds have a plan don’t see it. The plan is to enrich Castellini as it has been for the entire time of his ownership.

      • greenmtred

        Maybe, LDS, but everybody thinks they have the answer, and we shouldn’t shirk accountability if our answers prove wrong.

      • LDS

        @greenmtred, ever been through a company takeover? The cleanup crew in the early days is seldom the folks that manage the enterprise going forward. I’ve been through 10-12, depending on whether I count the LBO’s. Assessing managers and staff is usually more than a day, but in the case of the Reds, it’s pretty obvious.

    • Melvin

      So we have a retired Hall Of Fame QB as our assistant hitting coach now?….What have we got to lose I guess. 🙂

    • Vance Haymaker

      I have been a Reds fan since rhe 70s. All the moves they are making are just moves. Nothing to be excited about as a Reds fan. Like their moves at catcher ? Outfield ? Looking forward to Joey Votto return in his last guarnteed season.

    • Deano

      Never have I been so happy. These Coaches, don’t seem to be the answer to me.

    • WGDF

      I would love to look forward to summers again.How can a once proud organization give up.As long as I see the name David Bell I will know that’s exactly what we’ve done

  3. DataDumpster

    Since David Bell was hired in 2019, the team has lost most of the good coaches, GM Williams, the Driveline guys, and some others who left in a rather noisy matter. I agree that the positions announced today were ripe to be replaced but the guys hired seem at about the same pedigree as recent player additions. Bell seems to play the age old game of “I’ll save you some money and you can’t fire me because there is no one qualified or even wanting to take my place here.”
    Can this organization turn over GM and management responsibilities to an outside group at the end of this season or just continue with the “good ole boys club?”

    • Votto4life

      You have to wonder how surrounding himself with yes men has served Bob in the produce business? He has been successful, so maybe it works with parsley and other green things. It hasn’t served him well with the Reds, but I doubt he has enough insight to realize it.

      • David

        I think Bob and Son actually understand the Produce business.

        I think a lot of people (like all of us here) think we know a lot more about baseball than we do. And I think that’s Castellini, too.
        Baseball is the same, yet, it has changed.
        The way personnel are acquired, handled, performance metrics are evaluated, etc., etc. I thjnk Bob Castellini and the rest of the ownership group still think it is the 60’s or 70’s mode of baseball operations.
        Krall may actually realize things have changed, but I don’t think Nick Krall is running a baseball braintrust in the Front Office.
        I think Dick Williams (the Younger) knew this and WAS trying, but the 2020 season ruined all that.
        So, the Reds’ management is stuck in the past in the 2022-2023 baseball era. I don’t know how they get out of this, except by a wholesale change in management.
        And that ain’t happenin’.

      • Earmbrister

        David, I think Dick Williams did wonders reworking the front office. Just because he’s left doesn’t mean that the structure he set in place is gone.

        I’ve largely been impressed by the moves that Krall has made. Enough of the half measures and striving to be mediocre just because, for instance, we’re hosting the All-Star game. If they weren’t gonna be ultra competitive in the playoffs, they needed to scrap the course they were on and do it right. Sell the quality players on a .500 team for top notch prospects and rebuild from the ground up. They’re mid rebuild now and they need to stay the course.

        I’m excited to see the next Reds core led by soon to be veterans like Lodolo, Greene, India, and Stephenson guiding prospects like EDLC, Marte, Arroyo, Collier, Williamson, Abbott, et al.

        The future’s so bright, I’ve gotta wear shades.

      • TR

        I like your Red’s optimism. Keep those shades on.

  4. eddiek957

    Well that’s out of way. Coaching hires rarely excite me. Hope there is one or two players added that will give me some hope

    • TR

      I’m a little confused with news from the hitting department. Have the Reds actually hired a hitting coach?

  5. Redgoggles

    More scapegoats for the ownership group…….it’s not reasonable to expect them to make a 20+ game improvement with this roster, including the field manager.

    The only thing that will move the meter for me this offseason is if they lock up some of their young core and/or spend necessary money in the FA market for deals that extend past 2024. Otherwise, Phil can enjoy selling bobbleheads. I’ll keep busy doing other things…..and spend my entertainment dollars into venues who actually try to entertain me.

  6. Redsvol

    To me, this shows David bell is on thin ice. If you’re field manager has ownerships confidence, one would think coaches with better track records from more respected organizations would be hired and given multiple year contacts. This shows me this is David bells last year. Derek Johnson might survive since he is also the pitching coordinator.

    • DataDumpster

      Could be the swan song for Bell, but they still would have to go outside the organization to regain any credibility in the new hire. When has that happened in the last 30 years or so? Lou Pinella won a WS but his stay was short lived; Davey Johnson, Dusty Baker and Jack McKeon (WS win for Toronto) were all successful but pushed out. Most every else had a local connection or was a small fry in the organization that didn’t work out (Knight, Boone, Miley, Mackanin, Price, Bell, etc). A team sale would be the best option as long as the current 2036? commitment to the city is honored.

    • Rob

      Let me ask why would you come to Cincinnati right now if you are established as a coach knowing the team is not going to be competing and be out of a job in less than a year again?

    • TR

      Perhaps Derek Johnson will succeed David Bell as the manager in the tradition of Bryan Price.

  7. GreatRedLegsFan

    Wash, Rinse, Repeat. Not sure what the organization expects to achieve with these changes, but as long as Bell continues as manager it’s irrelevant.

    • TR

      In my view until change is made in ownership and field management, the Reds remain in limbo.

  8. Old-school

    These hires- especially hitting coaches- are Krall’s first impactful hires. Never heard of any of them so this team better hit better next year. A little skeptical of hiring a 31 yo internal hire as your hitting coach. We shall see.
    The KC asst hitting coach seems like he was thrown under the bus in MAy for a bad pitching staff on a bad franchise.

  9. SultanofSwaff

    Glad DeShields is gone and like that they’re opting for the young guy as hitting coach……seems to suggest they’re taking a more forward thinking approach. Of course that ignores the company men running the day-to-day—Benavides and Bell. Would love to see both replaced with hires from outside the organization and no ties to the ownership group, but I doubt Krall has that much latitude in his job.

  10. John Ring

    LDS is spot on. I’m underwhelmed by these selections. Bell seems to be invulnerable. Jim T, you should be commended for your work. You set a great example. As a 32-year Veteran, thank you.