Reds fire Chambliss, sign other coaches

CINCINNATI (Ticker) - The Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday fired Chris Chambliss after he spent the past three seasons as the Reds’ hitting coach.

Chambliss has spent the last 37 years in professional baseball, including 17 years as a player. He may be best known for playing first base for the New York Yankees when they won two World Series titles in 1977 and 1978.

As a player, he had 2,109 hits, 185 home runs and drove in 972 runs. The 57-year-old was American League Rookie of the Year for Cleveland in 1971, an All-Star for the Yankees in 1976, and won a Gold Glove with the Yankees in 1978.

The Reds also announced that coaches Mark Berry, Bucky Dent, Billy Hatcher and Tom Hume along with bullpen catcher Mike Stefanski have agreed to contracts for the 2007 season.

Bullpen coach Lee Tunnell will not return to the big league staff but could be offered a position elsewhere within the organization.

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Updated Wednesday, Oct 11, 2006