Former Reds outfielder Hatcher will coach at first base

Updated: February 19, 2006, 10:28 PM ET
Associated Press

CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Reds hired former outfielder Billy Hatcher as their first base coach, choosing him over Ken Griffey Sr. and three others.

Hatcher, who spent the past three seasons as Tampa Bay's first base coach, also will coach outfielders and baserunning, the team said.

Hatcher interviewed this offseason for managerial openings with the Devil Rays and Florida Marlins. He has coached in the Tampa Bay organization for the last 10 years.

He was picked over Griffey, the father of Cincinnati's star center fielder and a former Reds player himself.

A starter for the 1990 World Series champion Reds, Hatcher also played for Houston, Pittsburgh, Boston, Philadelphia, Texas and the Chicago Cubs during his 12-year career.

The Reds' job opened Thursday when John Moses retired. Manager Jerry Narron said Friday he would discuss the job with Griffey, outfield and bunting instructor Ed Napoleon, minor league outfield and baserunning coordinator Lynn Jones and newly hired advance scout Pete Mackanin.

Griffey was an outfielder on the Big Red Machine teams of the 1970s and played with his son, Ken Jr., in Seattle. He also has been a Reds coach.

For the last few years, Griffey Sr. has been a special consultant to the general manager, helping with scouting and talking to players. He would like a bigger role in the organization.

Griffey Jr. joined his hometown Reds in a trade before the 2000 season. He and his father plan to be part of the U.S. team for the inaugural World Baseball Classic next month -- Griffey Sr. is the first base coach.


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