Many Reds' fans got their wish on Monday.
The Reds replace thirdbase coach Steve Smith on their coaching staff. The rest of the coaching staff will return.
The Reds had more runnere thrown out at home (without being forcedd (28) than any other teajm and Smith took the blame.
No replacement has been named at this time.
Mark Berrry had been the thirdbase coach from 1999 to 2013 when he was diagnosed with cancer in his lymph nodes. Berry coached part time in 2013. Chris Speier manned the coaching box when Berry was weak from treatment. Berry remains with the organization as a roving minor league coach.
Smith approached the press in September and defended himself from the growing criticism.
Statistician Joel Luckhaupt spent hours reviewing all 27 outs and gave this breakdown.
11 outs were from the contact play. Contact plays are managers decisions and predetermined based on the situation.
Four outs were clearly the runner making the decision on his own.
Two were off sacrifice flies which are runners reading the play, although the thirdbase coach can hold them.
10 were outs at home where a runner tried to score on a hit to the outfield.
Of those 10 three were close plays and two were close enough to be reviewed.
That leaves seven in which Smith played a part in the outcome.
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