Former Cincinnati Reds third baseman Chris Sabo was named the head baseball coach at the University of Akron on Tuesday. He will be introduced at a press conference at 3 p.m. Wednesday.
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Sabo takes over an Akron Zips program that will begin play in the 2020 season. The program was discontinued after the 2015 season. He’ll be the 17th head coach in Akron baseball history.
Sabo worked the last four years as a manager at IMG Academy in Florida. His team was ranked No. 5 in the nation last spring.
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Sabo, 56, played for the Reds from 1988-93. He hit .563 in the 1990 World Series and hit two home runs in Game 3 against the Oakland Athletics. He returned to Cincinnati in 2015 for a 25-year reunion of the 1990 world championship team. He was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 2010.
Since his nine-year, big-league career ended in 1996, Sabo has worked a hitting coach, infield instructor, and talent evaluator with the Reds. He has college coaching experience as an assistant with Xavier, Michigan and Cincinnati.