DAYTON — Jamie Dismuke, who has been with the Reds organization almost from the day he was taken in the 12th round of the 1989 free agent draft, today was named manager of the Class A Dayton Dragons as they prepare to enter their 10th season.Dismuke will be joined by two former major leaguers, hitting coach Todd Benzinger and pitching coach Rigo Beltran, to form an all-new staff for the Dragons.
..."Jamie has been with us a long time and he has related well with the players," said Reds director of development Terry Reynolds.
...Dismuke played nine seasons of minor league ball before becoming a hitting coach with Chattanooga in 1999 after playing a year in Italy.He
also managed the Lookouts the last month of this season when manager Mike Goff unexpectedly quit for personal reasons.
Dismuke's best season as a player was 1993 when he
made the Southern League All-Star team, hitting .306 with 20 home runs and 91 RBIs.He
also played parts of three seasons in Class AAA, including 1996 when he
was a part of the Toronto organization.
That 1996 season — when he
was also with the Detroit organization — along with his
year in Italy, are the only two he
spent out of the Reds' organization.
...Manager: Jamie Dismuke