TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – A.J. Reed has stepped into the batters box against baseball’s best. His newest adventure? Stepping into the coaches box.
A.J. Reed says, “I was trying to decide if I want to get into coaching or not and Bruce called me with this chance and I figured it would be a good place to start.”
Bruce Rosselli says, “I offered the job last year. He had just retired from baseball and he didn’t really want to jump back into it. Wanted to take a back seat to it. So I reached out to him again this year and said hey do you still want to take it? I don’t know if I caught him at the right time, but he says I’m interested.”
Reed is not only happy to be back home, but looks to share his invaluable baseball experience with the boys in blue.
Reed says, “We’ve had really good success with kids from the area going on to college and pro. It will be good to see some local kids back and get kids from around the country in here. Terre Haute is a great place to be and we decided to come back here and to give back to the community is really exciting.”
Bruce says, “It works out for the fans to see somebody they’ve watched grow up through this process of little league all the way to the big leagues and now we get to watch him on the other side calling the shots versus being on the field.”
So what are his thoughts as he goes from swinging at fastballs to making all the calls?
Reed says, “I’m not too sure what to expect yet, but I feel like I have a pretty good idea of how the game works and just trusting my knowledge of the game to help these kids get better and win games.”
Bruce says, “He’s gonna have a chance to coach and see if this is his future in coaching and this sets up his grass roots to pad his resume and who knows he might become a college coach somewhere.”
The move also provides a big boost to baseball fans in the Wabash Valley that missed out on the Rex last year.
Reed says, “With the whole pandemic and everything, I feel like things are trending in the right direction so we would like to get as many people out there as we can to support the team and the organization.”
Bruce says, “With A.J. coming on board now, I think it just amplifies it even more and we are looking for great opportunities for people to come out, have fun and watch the hometown hero coach.