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con­tin­ued from C1 the Reds in 1991 and hit .246 in 98 games over two sea­sons be­fore be­ing picked by Colorado in the 1992 ex­pan­sion draft. He hit .286 in 74 games with the Rock­ies in 1993 and .188 in 47 games with Mon­treal in 1994 after a trade.

After his play­ing ca­reer ended in 1996, Be­na­vides joined Cincin­nati’s mi­nor league sys­tem in 1999 as man­ager at Clin­ton (Iowa) of the Sin­gle-A Mid­west League. He moved to Day­ton to be­come the first man­ager in Dragons history in 2000, last­ing one sea­son be­fore be­ing named Cincin­nati’s mi­nor league in­field co­or­di­na­tor. He spent seven sea­sons in that role and the next six as the player de­vel­op­ment field co­or­di­na­tor, ex­cept for a sea­son as man­ager of the rookie-level Gulf Coast League in 2004 and fill­ing in as rookie-level Billings (Mont.) man­ager for 75 games in 2007.

He also spent the last cou­ple months of the 2003 sea­son as a Reds coach.

“There’s a ma­jor comfort level there with Fred­die,” Bell said on a re­cent WLW-AM Reds “Hot Stove League” ra­dio show. “He’s had great ex­pe­ri­ences in this game. He has a ton of ex­pe­ri­ence, both in player de­vel­op­ment and now at the ma­jor league level. A lot of knowl­edge, a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence, very open-minded. He con­tin­ues to learn and grow. I worked for Fred­die when he was a field co­or­di­na­tor. Go­ing into a sit­u­a­tion where I have a comfort level with the bench coach, that’s go­ing to be re­ally im­por­tant.

“We are very ex­cited about the peo­ple that we’ve put in place,” he added. “To a man, each one of them wants to be here and a lot of them had other choices and they chose to be here in this or­ga­ni­za­tion at this time. That was re­ally im­por­tant to us.”

Be­na­vides and Bell de­vel­oped a re­la­tion­ship when Bell was man­ag­ing in the Reds sys­tem from 2009 through 2012. Be­na­vides wasn’t sure how their ma­jor league re­la­tion­ship will de­velop.

“You al­ways ask ques­tions,” said Be­na­vides, who re­places Pat Kelly, who fin­ished 2018 as in­terim bench coach after Jim Rig­gle­man was pro­moted from bench coach to in­terim man­ager fol­low­ing the dis­missal of Bryan Price as man­ager. “David’s been a bench coach (2015 through 2017 with St. Louis), so that will help. We’ll see what he needs.

“I’m very, very ex­cited,” he added. “I’m en­er­gized.”

Reds­fest was the first op­por­tu­nity for Bell to get to­gether with his new staff — pitch­ing coach Derek John­son, hit­ting coach Turner Ward, third base/catch­ing coach J.R. House, as­sis­tant hit­ting coach Don­nie Ecker, first base coach and for­mer Dragons man­ager Delino DeShields, bullpen coach Lee Tun­nell and game plan­ning and outfield coach Jeff Pick­ler.

“We fi­nally got to­gether for the first time as a staff to­day, which was nice,” Bell said last week. “The last two days have been great, just see­ing some play­ers and see­ing some faces. We kind of just hung out in the club­house as guys came through. It’s re­ally been the two best days on the job so far, see­ing those guys.

“It’s more just mak­ing a con­nec­tion and talk­ing and get­ting to know them,” Bell added. “At this point, I’m just try­ing to get to know ev­ery­body. We get in-depth a lit­tle bit. Right now, it’s just build­ing re­la­tion­ships and say­ing hi to guys.”

Per­haps the most in­trigu­ing new face is Pick­ler, who re­ally wasn’t sure what will be in­volved in “game plan­ning.”

“We’ll see how it shapes up,” said Pick­ler, 42, a Twins coach the pre­vi­ous two sea­sons. “There are a lot of dif­fer­ent things avail­able for the staff to use to get ready for games and guide the de­ci­sion-mak­ing in games — in­for­ma­tion from a lot of dif­fer­ent an­gles, an­a­lyt­ics, scout­ing re­ports.”

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