Reds add Jay Bell as bench coach, Long for hitting

The Reds have filled out their coaching staff for first-year

manager Bryan Price, hiring former Pirate Jay Bell as their bench


Bell was the Pirates’ hitting coach last season, when they beat

the Reds in a one-game wild card playoff. He was the bench coach

for Bob Melvin in Arizona for five years.

The Reds also hired Don Long as their hitting coach Wednesday.

Long spent the last three seasons with Atlanta as a minor league

hitting coordinator. He also spent three years as the Pirates’

hitting coach.

Jeff Pico will fill Price’s spot as pitching coach. Pico spent

11 seasons with Arizona.

The staff includes bullpen coach Mack Jenkins, first base coach

Billy Hatcher, third base coach Steve Smith, catching coach Mike

Stefanski and Freddie Benavides, who will focus on the infield.