CINCINNATI - The Cincinnati Reds tabbed two former Major League players to fill two coaching vacancies on the Billings Mustangs' field staff on Thursday by naming Delino DeShields as hitting coach and Bob Forsch as pitching coach.
DeShields replaces Tony Jaramillo, who recently was promoted to Class A Dayton of the Midwest League and Forsch fills the vacancy created when Tom Browning took a job with the Reds' Class AA affiliate in Carolina. Jaramillo and Browning were originally expected to return for the 2009 Pioneer League season along with manager Julio Garcia.
Forsch, 58, spent most of his 16-year Major League career with the St. Louis Cardinals, where he pitched a pair of no-hitters in 1978 and 1983. He and his brother Ken Forsch are the only set of brothers to both pitch official no-hitters. Ken, who pitched for the Houston Astros, threw one in 1979.
In all, Bob pitched in the big leagues from 1974 to 1989 and had a record of 168-136 with a career 3.76 ERA. His best year came in 1977, when he won 20 games against just seven losses. He was a member of the Cardinals 1982 World Series Champions and also pitched in the 1985 and 1987 World Series with St. Louis.
DeShields, 39, enjoyed a 13-year Major League career with the Montreal Expos, Dodgers, Cardinals, Orioles and Cubs. In 1987, DeShields was the first-round pick of the Expos. DeShields, who also was offered a scholarship to play basketball for Villanova University, made his debut with Montreal in 1990. That year, he finished second in National League Rookie of the Year Honors.
In his Major League career, DeShields batted .268 with 80 home runs and 561 RBI. His 463 career stolen bases rank him in the top 50 all-time for Major League Baseball. DeShields finished his career with the Cubs, playing his final season in 2002.