Joe Mather To Join David Bell’s Major League Staff
Cincinnati Reds President of Baseball Operations Dick Williams announced December 17th that former Major Leaguer Joe Mather will join manager David Bell’s Major League staff as assistant hitting coach.
Mather, who will work alongside new hitting coach Alan Zinter, spent the previous 5 seasons in the player development department of the Arizona Diamondbacks, including last year as that organization’s field/hitting coordinator.
Mather, 37, joined the Diamondbacks in 2015 and spent 2 seasons managing Missoula of the rookie Pioneer League, then coached at Class AA Jackson in 2017 before managing at Class A Visalia in 2018.
The third-round pick of the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2001 first-year player draft, Mather made 229 appearances for the Cardinals, Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves from 2008-2012.
In other front office news today, Geoff Head was named the organization’s senior director of health and performance. In his new role, Head will provide leadership for the Reds’ major and minor league teams in the areas of medical, rehabilitation, strength and conditioning, mental skills, nutrition, sports science and wellness.
Head previously worked in San Francisco, where since 2008 he served the Giants in a variety of roles that include strength and conditioning coordinator (2008-2015), Major League sports scientist/director of performance (2015-2017) and assistant director of player development/sports medicine (2017-2019).