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Reds Hire Brook Jacoby As Hitting Coach

Brook Jacoby

Just came in from Marc:

Jacoby has been with the Rangers organization the past four seasons, first as hitting coach for their Rookie-level team and later as minor league hitting coordinator. He filled in with the major league team in April and May of this season when Rudy Jaramillo was undergoing cancer treatment. Prior to his time in Texas, Jacoby had a three-year stint with the Reds' farm system from 2000-02. With the Reds, he spent a year as the roving hitting instructor and two years as Louisville's hitting coach.

Jacoby played 11 seasons in the majors, hitting .270 for the Braves, A's and Indians.

(UPDATE: 4:40 p.m.)

What made Jacoby stand out from the crowd?

"One thing he talked about right away was situational hitting and what to look for and how to prepare guys and having a plan when they go up to bat in certain situations," said Jerry Narron. "Not only the mechanical part of hitting but also the mental preparation and the approach you have to have in different situations. I thought that was big."

Ah, situational hitting. Sweet.

Jacoby did have relatively decent patience at the plate as a hitter, so hopefully he's not going to come in telling guys to go up hacking at pitches out of the strike zone.

For reference: Jacoby Career State