Peoria Javelinas manager Reid Brignac turns to coaching after MLB career

Peoria Javelinas manager Reid Brignac all the time had a knack for coaching all over his enjoying days and located the very best alternative with the New York Mets after retiring in 2018. (Photo through Austin Ford/Cronkite News)

SCOTTSDALE – A former primary league veteran of 9 years, Javelinas manager Reid Brignac is not any stranger to the sport of baseball. In reality, after his career resulted in 2018, the longtime journeyman couldn’t keep away from the sport for longer than a 12 months after his retirement.

During a temporary hiatus from the sport, Brignac ignored now not being at the box with baseball avid gamers who shared the similar targets. He wanted to get again into the sport he beloved however didn’t know the way till the New York Mets presented him a chance to trainer of their minor league gadget – after the crew to begin with reached out for every other alternative in 2020 – prior to the minor league baseball season used to be canceled.

“I’ve always kind of been intrigued by it (coaching). I’ve always tried to help my teammates out when I see things,” mentioned Brignac, whose first be offering from the Mets used to be the manager activity of the Columbia Fireflies. “Thankfully, the Mets gave me an opportunity and here we are.”

Now, Brignac is sharing the teachings he has discovered with the following era of baseball avid gamers this offseason within the Arizona Fall League, and his mindset of in need of to lend a hand more youthful avid gamers be successful hasn’t modified from managing the Binghamton Rumble Ponies to managing Peoria.

After all, Brignac is aware of the demanding situations of arising from the minors. He used to be drafted out of highschool in the second one spherical through the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2004 and spent 4 years within the Rays farm gadget, rising during the ranks prior to he used to be known as up to the majors in 2008. That identical 12 months, the Rays complicated to the World Series and the rookie had a small phase in virtually making historical past together with his crew.

“You know, just being on those playoff teams with Tampa Bay was really fun,” Brignac mentioned. “I hit a couple walk-off home runs in my career. You know, we lost in the World Series in 2008, (but) we had a great run that year.”

Brignac used to be designated for project through the Rays in a while prior to the 2013 season started, then traded to the Colorado Rockies and assigned to Triple-A Colorado Springs. He made the Rockies’ Opening Day roster however used to be as soon as once more out of a role through May.

Brignac went on to play for the New York Yankees, Rockies (2d time), Miami Marlins, Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals and Houston Astros and skilled a an identical rollercoaster cycle from the minors to the majors in a four-year span. However, he’s thankful for his time and the “the guys that I came across over my 15 years of playing that I am still friends with today.”

While Brignac is in most cases discovered within the dugout, he additionally has taken at the function of third-base trainer, development relationships with avid gamers and instructing avid gamers indicators. He additionally leads crew workout routines and channels his inner-player instincts to relate to potentialities. In go back, Brignac’s avid gamers have taken a liking to now not handiest his relatable background, however the way in which he approaches the sport with figuring out and knowledge.

“I love playing for Reid,” mentioned Javelinas 2d baseman Luke Ritter, who famous that Brignac is one in every of his all-time favourite managers partly as a result of his skill to be difficult at the crew and keep in touch successfully. “Reid is a man that treats us like professionals. Great, great insight in the game and he’s helped me a lot defensively.”

Javelinas outfielder Brandon Mcilwain additionally performed below Brignac this season in Binghamton and believes that he has made his full-time transition over to baseball more straightforward.

“Oh man, it’s awesome playing under Reid,” Mcilwain mentioned. “He’s got so much insight, but a big thing I’ve learned from him is just to relax. You know, baseball is an awesome sport. It’s played in great weather like we are here. It’s played in great stadiums and a lot of times when you just relax and go play and do what you can, it ends up with really good results.”

As he continues to trainer within the Fall League, Brignac hopes that he can be offering some recommendation to the more youthful era of baseball avid gamers and encourage them to proceed enjoying. And if their careers are reduce brief regardless of the rationale, his phrases ring true past the diamond.

“One piece of advice that I would say is, try to be better than the day you were before. Find something that you’ve done and try to bring it the next day,” Brignac mentioned. “Also, handle your failures. Gotta handle your failures. This is a game of failure and we fail a lot and the ability to get past those failures and look forward to that next opportunity is the golden ticket.”

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