The Cincinnati Reds announced on Tuesday that Turner Ward will serve as their new hitting coach. Ward has served that role for the Los Angeles Dodgers since 2016. With this news – Ward joins the staff of new Reds manager David Bell.
The Reds named Turner Ward their new hitting coach. So the Dodgers need a new hitting coach.
— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) November 6, 2018
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) November 6, 2018
This news creates the second coaching-vacancy within a week for the Dodgers. Over the weekend, third base coach Chris Woodward took the managerial job with the Texas Rangers.
The Dodgers set a franchise record for team home runs in 2017 under Ward – only to come back and break that record in 2018 with 235 team home runs.
Prior to joining Los Angeles in 2016 – Ward spent eight seasons as part of the Arizona Diamondbacks organization – the last two of which he served as the Arizona hitting coach.
Many fans on social media retreated during valley periods for the offense to ‘fire Turner Ward’. Now, these same fans will see how the Los Angeles offense performs underneath a new hitting coach in 2019. The Dodgers are feeling some of the ramifications of going to back-to-back World Series appearances. When this happens, the staff and those surrounding an organization are going to be in high demand. It is who the Dodgers fill these key roles with that will be a key in them returning to a third straight World Series appearance. That much goes without saying.