Tony Jaramillo continues family legacy as MLB hitting coach

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The art and technique of hitting a baseball is making a big-league career for a second generation of the Jaramillo family of Oak Cliff.

Tony Jaramillo, the nephew of former Texas Rangers hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo, serves as hitting coach for the Cincinnati Reds.

The younger Jaramillo was raised in Oak Cliff and graduated from Sunset High School. Both of his parents went to prison on drug convictions when he was in elementary school, and he and his brother went to live with his uncle and aunt, Shelley Jaramillo, who died of ovarian cancer earlier this year.

A profile published by Cincinnati.com this week says Tony Jaramillo puts an extreme focus on positivity in his coaching.

… Tony isn’t one to raise his voice. He’s quiet and unassuming and preaches positive reinforcement. The batting cage is understood to be a negativity-free zone, an inappropriate place to gripe about missing this pitch or popping up on that one. If a player comes in thinking that way, Tony gently redirects him. No matter whom he’s coaching, he’ll tell that player the same thing: ‘You are the best hitter in the major leagues.’

Read the whole profile here.


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