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Reds add Riggins, Jaramillo to coaching staff

Bell, Pico and Tinsley not returning to Cincinnati next season

There will be a few changes in Cincinnati. The Reds announced the coaching staff for next season under manager Bryan Price on Thursday, and there will be at least two new faces. Mark Riggins has joined the team as pitching coach, and Tony Jaramillo will serve as Cincinnati's assistant hitting coach.

Riggins spent the last four years as Cincinnati's Minor League pitching coordinator, and Jaramillo was the hitting coach at Triple-A Louisville.

The Reds also announced that bench coach Jay Bell, pitching coach Jeff Pico and assistant hitting coach Lee Tinsley will not return to the club.

Mack Jenkins, who served as the bullpen coach and assistant pitching coach, will return in the same capacity next season, as will hitting coach Don Long, Major League catching coordinator Mike Stefanski and bullpen catcher Dustin Hughes. Three coaches will have new responsibilities on next year's staff.

Jim Riggleman, formerly the third-base coach, will now serve as Cincinnati's bench coach. Billy Hatcher, the former first-base coach, will now coach third base and the team's outfielders. Freddie Benavides, who served as infield coach this year, will keep that responsibility and add first-base coach next year.

Reds general manager Walt Jocketty issued a statement about the outgoing coaches.

"We appreciate the hard work and dedication Jay, Jeff and Lee gave us the last two years," he said.

Spencer Fordin is a reporter for
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