FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
REDS NAME 2011 CAROLINA MUDCATS FIELD STAFF
CINCINNATI - The Cincinnati Reds today have announced that the entire 2010 Carolina Mudcats coaching and medical staff have returned for the 2011 season. David Bell, Ryan Jackson and Jimmy Mattocks will return for their 3rd season in a Mudcats uniform and Tom Brown will be back for his 2nd season.
Bell, 38, will be the manager of the Mudcats for the third consecutive season, making him the longest tenured manager in Mudcats history. Bell guided the Mudcats to a 58-79 record in 2010 and has totaled a 123-153 mark in his two seasons at the helm of the Mudcats. Bell played parts of 12 seasons in the big leagues with the Indians, Cardinals, Mariners, Giants, Phillies and Brewers. A member of one of Major League Baseball's 3-generation families, Bell is the son of former third baseman Buddy and the grandson of former Reds great Gus.
Jackson, 38, returns for his fifth season in the Cincinnati Reds organization, third season with the Mudcats. He began his professional coaching career as the hitting coach at Class-A Sarasota in 2007 and 2008 before beginning his Mudcats assignment in the same capacity in 2009. Originally drafted by the Marlins in 1994, Jackson enjoyed an 11-year professional career that included parts of 4 seasons at the Major League level with Florida (1998), Seattle (1999) and Detroit (2001-02). Jackson played collegiately at Duke University and won NCAA National Player of the Year in 1994.
Brown, 61, enters his fifth season in the organization and second with the Mudcats. He spent the 2007-09 seasons as the pitching coach for the Reds' advanced Class-A Sarasota. Prior to joining the organization, he served as pitching coach for Triple-A Albuquerque (Marlins) in 2006. Brown also worked in the same capacity with Triple-A Fresno (Giants) in 2005. After 3 seasons as minor league pitching coordinator for San Diego, Brown was appointed pitching coach at Triple-A Portland in 2003. He has also worked as pitching coach for Triple-A Oklahoma (1995-98) and Triple-A Las Vegas (1999). Brown began his professional coaching career in the Baltimore Orioles organization as pitching coach for Double-A Hagerstown from 1988-90 and for the GCL Orioles in 1981. During his playing days, Brown pitched in both the Kansas City Royals and Seattle Mariners chains, appearing in 6 Major League games with Seattle in 1978.
Mattocks, 28, will begin his sixth professional season, all in the Reds organization. He was the athletic trainer for Rookie League Billings Mustangs in 2006, Single-A Dayton in 2007 and has been in Double-A since 2008, first with Chattanooga before coming to Zebulon in 2009. He earned his bachelor of science degree in athletic training from Northern Arizona University and a master of science degree in sports medicine from Oregon State University.
The Carolina Mudcats open their 21st season at Five County Stadium on Thursday, April 7th against the Mobile BayBears at 7:15pm. Season tickets and the Muddy Unreal Deals are on sale now by calling the Mudcats office at 919-269-2287.