The Cincinnati Reds added to their coaching staff on Monday with the additions of J.R. House (third base/catching coach) and Donnie Ecker (assistant hiting coach).
House and Ecker are the third and fourth members of new manager David Bell’s major league staff. Previously, Bell tapped pitching coach Derek Johnson and hitting coach Turner Ward.
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House, 39, spent the last seven seasons in the Arizona Diamondbacks system in several different roles. Last season he was the team’s minor league field coordinator.
In 2005 he was the California League Manager of the Year at Visalia.
A native of West Virginia, House, a former catcher, spent parts of seasons in the major leagues with the Pirates, Astros and Orioles.
Ecker was the hitting coach for the Angels’ Class AAA affiliate in Salt Lake. He served as a hitting coach in the Cardinals’ system for three seasons prior to that.
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