Team USA manager Joe Torre has picked his coaching staff for the World Baseball Classic and it’s an impression collection of big names:
Pitching coach – Greg Maddux
Hitting coach – Gerald Perry
Bench coach – Larry Bowa
First base coach – Dale Murphy
Third base coach – Willie Randolph
Bullpen coach – Marcel Lachemann
Maddux as pitching coach is interesting because if he ever showed a desire to do that on a full-time basis teams would be lining up to hire him.
And no doubt part of the job for all six of those coaches is talking various stars into actually playing in the WBC.
The Reds picked up outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera on minor league deals, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports. Both Williams and Herrera will receive invites to spring training and could compete for backup outfield roles behind Adam Duvall, Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler.
Williams, 26, completed a three-year track with the Yankees in 2017. He has yet to see a full season of playing time, however, and went 4-for-17 with two stolen bases during a five-game span with the club in 2017. While not a power hitter, his speed and steady contact rate produced a .263/.309/.318 batting line over 437 plate appearances in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, including two home runs, three triples and 19 stolen bases.
Herrera, 25, has yet to make his big league debut. After seven years in the Rockies’ system, he finally reached Triple-A Albuquerque in 2017 and slashed .278/.351/.394 with three home runs and 20 stolen bases in 363 PA. He looks most comfortable in the left field corner, but has some experience at shortstop and third base and should give the Reds a nice utility option come spring.