Reds hitting coach Turner Ward looks on during the first inning on Jackie Robinson Day at Dodger Stadium on April 15, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Photo: Harry how/Getty Images
Photo: Harry how/Getty Images

Reds hitting coach won’t return to staff in 2020

Turner Ward spent one season with Reds

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"Speaking for the organization, I want to thank Turner for the work he put in on our behalf," Williams said in a press release. "As we reflected on this season, it became clear that we lacked the alignment we were seeking with our offensive approach."

The Reds ranked 12th out of 15 teams in the National League in batting average (.244) and 12th in runs (701). They finished with a losing record (75-87) for the sixth straight season but ended a four-year streak of finishing last in the National League Central Division with a four-place finish.

The Reds hired Ward in November 2018. He spent the previous three seasons as the hitting coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Dodgers advanced to the World Series the last two of those seasons.

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Prior to working for the Dodgers, Ward spent eight seasons in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, joining the big-league coaching staff in 2013. He was the Southern League Manager of the Year in 2011 with Double-A Mobile.

When Ward was hired, Williams said, ""He comes highly recommended for his ability to connect with players and to help them maximize their potential."

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