Alan Zinter

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Alan Zinter
Cincinnati Reds – No. 59
First baseman / Hitting coach
Born: (1968-05-19) May 19, 1968 (age 52)
El Paso, Texas
Batted: Switch Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 18, 2002, for the Houston Astros
Last MLB appearance
October 3, 2004, for the Arizona Diamondbacks
MLB statistics
Batting average.167
Home runs3
Runs batted in9
As player

As coach

Alan Michael Zinter (born May 19, 1968) is an American former professional baseball player and current hitting coach for the Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball (MLB). He played in MLB in 2002 and 2004 with the Houston Astros and the Arizona Diamondbacks, and played in Nippon Professional Baseball in 1999 with the Seibu Lions. He served as the minor league hitting coordinator for the Cleveland Indians, the assistant hitting coach for the Astros, and was former the hitting coach of the San Diego Padres.


Playing career[edit]

Zinter played for the Arizona Wildcats baseball team, and in 1988 he played collegiate summer baseball with the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod Baseball League.[1] He was a 1st round draft choice (24th overall) by the New York Mets in 1989 as a catcher, but eventually moved to first base. He played in the minors for fourteen years, including one season in the Dominican winter league for the Cibao Giants in 1996 and one season in Japan for the Seibu Lions in 1999, before finally getting a call-up with the Houston Astros in 2002. His first hit was a home run off Scott Williamson and he batted .136 (6 for 44). In 2004, he earned another call-up with the Arizona Diamondbacks, doing slightly better hitting .206 (7 for 34).

Zinter played in 2006 with the Round Rock Express, the Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros, but mostly as a pinch hitter and a defensive replacement. In 2007, Zinter played for the Somerset Patriots of the independent Atlantic League.

Coaching career[edit]

In 2008, Zinter began his coaching career with the Rookie level Missoula Osprey in the Diamondbacks organization.[2] On December 2, 2008, Zinter was announced as the hitting coach for the High-A Visalia Rawhide.[3] After two seasons with Visalia, he was moved up to Double-A to be the hitting coach of the Mobile BayBears.[4] He was hired by the Indians to be their minor league hitting coordinator for the 2012 season.[5]

On November 4, 2014, Zinter was announced as the new assistant hitting coach for the Houston Astros by general manager Jeff Luhnow.[6] After the 2015 season, the San Diego Padres hired Zinter as their hitting coach.[7] On September 1, 2017, Zinter was fired by the Padres.[8] In 2018 and 2019, Zinter worked as the San Francisco Giants Assistant Director of Player Development, Offense.[9] On October 24, 2019, the Cincinnati Reds announced the hiring of Zinter as their hitting coach.[9][10]

Personal life[edit]

Zinter is married to Yvonne.[11]


  1. ^ "Major League Baseball Players From the Cape Cod League" (PDF). Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  2. ^ Greg Hansen (April 22, 2008). "Zinter in new phase of career, as a coach". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved December 3, 2008.
  3. ^ "Rawhide announces 2009 coaching staff". December 2, 2008. Retrieved December 3, 2008.
  4. ^ "D-backs announce Minor League coaching staffs". December 13, 2010. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  5. ^ "Indians announce minor league coaching staff". December 2, 2011. Archived from the original on February 9, 2013. Retrieved November 17, 2015.
  6. ^ Evan Drellich (November 4, 2014). "Alan Zinter named Astros assistant hitting coach". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved November 4, 2014.
  7. ^ "Alan Zinter hired as Padres hitting coach". The San Diego Union-Tribune. November 16, 2015. Retrieved November 17, 2015.
  8. ^ "Seeking a 'different voice,' Padres fire hitting coach Alan Zinter". The San Diego Union-Tribune. September 1, 2017. Retrieved September 28, 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Reds announce new hitting department structure". October 24, 2019. Retrieved October 24, 2019.
  10. ^ Nightengale, Bobby (October 24, 2019). "Alan Zinter named Cincinnati Reds hitting coach; Donnie Ecker promoted". Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  11. ^ Miles, Bruce (June 24, 2017). "Former Chicago Cubs prospect Alan Zinter knows about perseverance as San Diego Padres hitting coach". Northwest Herald. Retrieved October 1, 2020.

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