Jeff Branson

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Jeffery Glenn Branson

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Biographical Information[edit]

Jeff Branson was signed as a 2nd round pick in the 1988 amateur draft by the Cincinnati Reds and scout Julian Mock. A super utility guy, Jeff saw his most action roaming the infield in Cincinnati during the 1990s, batting .260 with 12 home runs in 1995. In parts of nine seasons, he played 694 games, finishing with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2001.

After his playing career ended, Branson spent 2003 as hitting coach of the Williamsport Crosscutters and was the team's skipper the following year. After two seasons managing the Hickory Crawdads, he was named manager of the Lynchburg Hillcats for 2007. Branson was the hitting coach for the Indianapolis Indians in 2009-2012. In 2013, he moved up to the Pittsburgh Pirates as assistant hitting coach. When hitting coach Jay Bell left before the 2014 season, Branson was promoted to take his place, staying until the end of the 2018 season. Branson was minor league hitting coordinator for the Detroit Tigers in 2021 when he was called upon to replace Mike Hessman as hitting coach of the Toledo Mud Hens when Hessman was promoted to the majors to replace Jose Cruz.

Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
2004 Williamsport Crosscutters New York-Penn League 34-40 9th Pittsburgh Pirates
2005 Hickory Crawdads South Atlantic League 54-80 15th Pittsburgh Pirates
2006 Hickory Crawdads South Atlantic League 67-70 10th Pittsburgh Pirates
2007 Lynchburg Hillcats Carolina League 55-82 8th Pittsburgh Pirates
2008 Lynchburg Hillcats Carolina League 58-80 7th Pittsburgh Pirates

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