Lett also played baseball at Kentucky and was a third baseman from 1971-73. Times were different then and the baseball coach was also one of the top men's basketball assistant coaches, Dickie Parsons.
In the summer of 1973, Lett began his journey into pro baseball as he signed with Cincinnati. He played four years of third base in the Reds organization, advancing as high as Class AA for Three Rivers in Canada.
He then went into coaching and has been in baseball since that time. He was brought to the major leagues in 1986 as a coach with the Reds under manager Pete Rose. He has also coached with the Toronto Blue Jays, Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates and Los Angeles Dodgers.
Lett is getting ready for his third season as the bullpen coach with the up-and-coming Washington Nationals under manager Davey Johnson. Last year he was with the first Washington baseball franchise to make the postseason since 1933.
As the bullpen coach, he works a great deal with Nationals pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg, a pitcher that Lett says, "can have five or six 20-win seasons if he stays healthy."
Throughout his 40-year baseball career, Lett and his wife, the former Diane Craig, have kept their home in Putnam County. His two children, Craig and Meridith, are both Winfield High and West Virginia Wesleyan grads.
"Baseball has taken me everywhere and I have been all over the country working in the game. It has been an incredible life," says Lett. "But, trust me, I do know where home is."
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