Danny Hagan spent three seasons as a left-handed pitcher in the Cincinnati Reds organization in the 1990s, and not a day goes by that he’s not appreciative of the experience.
“I always compared it to how much fun the game was in Little League,” said Hagan, now 48, and pitching coach for the Owensboro High School Red Devils for the past 11 years. “I was being paid for doing something I loved to do. The way I looked at it, that was a pretty good job. Every day was a gift, a blessing, no doubt about it.”
He got an early start in baseball.
“I started playing when I was 5 or 6,” Hagan said. “I started out in Buechel Little League in Louisville, and that later became St. Matthews Little League — good baseball area, good players.”
Hagan eventually landed at Trinity High School in Louisville, which featured a strong program that included teammates such as Jeff Brohm,…