In professional baseball, players do everything that they can on and off the field to receive a promotion to the next level, with the ultimate goal making the big leagues. For most staff members, those dreams also exist of coaching at the highest level.
The 2009 hitting coach in Dayton, Tony Jaramillo, has received one of those promotions, moving to High-A Lynchburg to serve in the same role. This marks the second straight year that Jaramillo has been moved up, going from Billings to Dayton and now to Lynchburg.
“I am thrilled about the new move to Lynchburg this season,” Jaramillo said. “But there are so many things that I am going to miss about Dayton. The people there are great, from the front office, to the players and especially the fans.”
Early in the spring, Jaramillo had the chance to work with a lot of the players that will be reporting to Dayton to start the season. In Spring Training, players sometimes start at a higher level, before being assigned to the group they will start the season with. “I believe the city of Dayton and the Dragons are in for a good season,” he said. “A great coaching staff will surround these talented players. I wish them nothing but the best and will be following the group closely.”
Best wishes to Jaramillo as he continues his own journey up the ladder in the Cincinnati Reds system.
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by Dusty Baker, Cincinnati Reds Manager