LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Cincinnati Reds have named former big leaguer Delino DeShields manager of the Louisville Bats for the 2015 season. DeShields has spent the past two seasons managing the Reds' Double-A affiliate, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, compiling a 119-159 (.428) record.
DeShields replaces Jim Riggleman, who went 137-150 (.477) in two seasons at the helm of the Bats. Riggleman will join the Reds staff as third base coach for the 2015 season, the Reds announced last month.
Louisville will be DeShields' fourth stop in his Reds minor league managerial career. Before Pensacola, he managed the Class A Dayton Dragons in 2011 and 2012 and the Rookie Billings Mustangs in 2010. He started in Reds player development as hitting coach for Billings in 2009. The 2015 season will be his seventh in Cincinnati's organization.
DeShields, 45, was the 12th overall draft pick by the Montreal Expos in the 1987 June draft out of Seaford High School in Seaford, Del. He made his Major League debut in 1990 and went on to play in 1,615 games with the Expos, Dodgers, Cardinals, Orioles and Cubs through 2002, mostly at second base. He finished his big league career with a .268 batting average and his 463 career stolen bases currently rank him 48th all-time.
Returning to Louisville will be pitching coach Ted Power and hitting coach Tony Jaramillo. Power, 59, returns for his 10th season as Bats pitching coach. In recent years, Power has coached current Reds arms like Johnny Cueto, Homer Bailey and Tony Cingrani while with the Bats. Jaramillo, 36, will serve in his third season with Louisville and eighth overall as a hitting coach in the Reds organization.
The Bats begin their 2015 season on Thursday, April 9 against the longtime division foe Toledo Mud Hens. The campaign will be both the Bats' 16th season at Louisville Slugger Field and their 16th season as the top affiliate of the Reds. The entire 2015 Bats schedule can be found at batsbaseball.com. Full and partial season tickets, along with group outings and suite rentals are available by calling the Bats front office at 502-212-2287.