Reds name Dent bench coach

CINCINNATI -- Bucky Dent was hired Friday as bench coach of
the Cincinnati Reds, making him the top assistant to close friend
Jerry Narron.

Dent, 53, worked with Narron for seven years as a Texas coach
before he returned to managing in the minors. Dent managed Kansas
City's Triple-A Omaha club in 2002 and the New York Yankees'
Triple-A team in Columbus for the last three seasons.

"I've been with the Yankees a long time and worked with some
really good people, but I felt that this was an opportunity to get
back to the big leagues," Dent said during a telephone interview.

In addition to hiring Dent, the Reds renewed the contracts of
hitting coach Chris Chambliss, bullpen coach Tom Hume, pitching
coach Vern Ruhle, third base coach Mark Berry, first base coach
John Moses and bullpen catcher Mike Stefanski.

Narron was the bench coach for Dave Miley, who was fired last
June when the Reds were headed for their fifth straight losing
season. Narron took over on an interim basis, then in the final
week of the season received a one-year contract with a mutual
option for 2007.

Dent went 36-53 as the Yankees manager during parts of the
1989-90 seasons. He was third base coach for St. Louis from 1991-94
before joining the Rangers staff.

"I felt it would be a real good fit to go someplace and be with
him," Dent said. "We spent seven years together talking baseball
in the Rangers organization. I really enjoyed it."