He may be in the visiting team’s dugout at Parkview Field this week, but Bowling Green Hot Rods pitching coach Brian Reith is right at home in the Summit City.
A Fort Wayne native, Reith was drafted by the New York Yankees in the sixth round of the 1996 draft out of Concordia Lutheran High School.
Reith was part of a multi-player trade in 2000 that send him to the Reds organization as part of a package for all-star hurler Denny Neagle.
The six-foot-five, 220-pound Reith would make his MLB debut at the age of 23 as a starter for the Reds, pitching in nine games that season – eight of them starts.
Converted to a reliever, Reith reached the majors and threw out of the bullpen in 2003 and 2004 for the Reds.
He finished his time in the big leagues with a 4-12 record and 5.92 ERA in 127.2 innings pitched.
After pitching in the minors, independent ball, and in Mexico, Reith retired after the 2009 season.
After a few years out of baseball he returned to the game as a coach in the Rays system in 2015 and has worked his way up.