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Benavides named bench coach as Reds fill staff

DeShields, Tunnell, Pickler also join new manager Bell's crew
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CINCINNATI -- The Reds have filled out the remaining spots on new manager David Bell's coaching staff, the club announced on Wednesday. Although there are some new additions, the faces should be mostly familiar.

Freddie Benavides will be the lone holdover from the staff of former managers Bryan Price and Jim Riggleman and will take over as bench coach.

CINCINNATI -- The Reds have filled out the remaining spots on new manager David Bell's coaching staff, the club announced on Wednesday. Although there are some new additions, the faces should be mostly familiar.

Freddie Benavides will be the lone holdover from the staff of former managers Bryan Price and Jim Riggleman and will take over as bench coach.

Delino DeShields was named first-base coach. Lee Tunnell will be the bullpen coach and Jeff Pickler was added as the game planning and outfield coach.

Also announced was that former third-base coach Billy Hatcher will not return to the big league staff but is remaining in the organization as its Minor League outfield and baserunning coordinator.

Tweet from @Reds: The #Reds today named Freddie Benavides bench coach, Delino DeShields first base coach, Lee Tunnell bullpen coach and Jeff Pickler game planning and outfield coach for manager David Bell. pic.twitter.com/o0mQidRUVO

Previously hired to Bell's coaching staff over the past month were pitching coach Derek Johnson, hitting coach Turner Ward, third-base/catching coach J.R. House and assistant hitting coach Donnie Ecker.

Benavides, 52, spent the past five seasons as a Major League coach for the Reds, including the past three as the first-base coach. He also logged 15 years on their player-development side, including parts of four seasons as a manager, six seasons as field coordinator and seven seasons as infield coordinator.

DeShields, 49, will be familiar for much of the team as he managed in the Reds' Minor League system for Triple-A Louisville, Double-A Pensacola, Class A Dayton and Rookie-level Billings from 2010-17. In 2018, he was the organization's roving bunting and baserunning instructor in the Minor Leagues.

Tunnell is replacing Ted Power after he held the job for the past 2 1/2 seasons. The 58-year-old Tunnell worked for the Brewers the past 10 years -- the last six as that team's bullpen coach. Tunnell was Cincinnati's bullpen coach in 2006 and spent two additional years as a scout for the team.

Pickler, 42, worked in the Majors the previous two seasons for the Twins as a coach and coordinator of Major League development.

Hatcher, 58, spent the past 13 seasons as a Reds coach in the Major Leagues, the first 10 as first-base coach and the last three as third-base coach. As a player for Cincinnati, he was a key contributor to the club winning the 1990 World Series title.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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