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DODGERS ANNOUNCE 2013 COACHING STAFF

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced their coaching staff for the 2013 season with eight coaches returning to the Dodger staff as well as three new additions. General Manager Ned Colletti made the announcement.

“All of these men have a passion for teaching and coaching,” said Colletti. “They provide a vast array of experience and are well-respected with a proven track record.”

2013 Dodger Coaching Staff:

Don Mattingly – Manager (third season)

Chuck Crim – Bullpen Coach (first season)

Trey Hillman – Bench Coach (third season)

Rick Honeycutt – Pitching Coach (eighth season)

Davey Lopes – First Base Coach (third season)

Mark McGwire – Hitting Coach (first season)

Tim Wallach – Third Base Coach (third season)

Ken Howell – Assistant Pitching Coach (first season, sixth on staff)

John Valentin – Assistant Hitting Coach (first season)

Manny Mota – Coach (34th season)

Steve Yeager – Coach (second season)

Mattingly enters his third season as the Dodgers’ manager after leading the club to a second consecutive winning season and an 86-76 record in his second year at the helm. A former American League MVP, nine-time Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner and six-time All-Star, Mattingly is the ninth manager in Los Angeles Dodger history and 27th in franchise history.

Crim enters his first season as bullpen coach and his seventh in the Dodger organization after serving as an amateur scout (2007-08), Rookie-Advanced Ogden’s pitching coach (2009), Single-A Great Lakes’ pitching coach (2010) and Double-A Chattanooga’s pitching coach (2011-12). Crim’s staff at Chattanooga posted a Southern League-best 3.66 ERA in 2011 and was second best in 2012 (3.57). The Van Nuys native was a reliever in the big leagues for the Brewers, Angels and Cubs from 1987-94, posting a career record of 47-43 with 45 saves and a 3.83 ERA. Crim was the head baseball coach at Canyon High School in Santa Clarita from 2003-05.

Hillman will begin his third season as the Dodgers’ bench coach and 23rd as a professional baseball coach, including three seasons managing the Kansas City Royals, five seasons managing the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters in Japan and 12 seasons managing in the minor leagues. His honors include being named “Sportsman of the Year” by the Foreign Sportswriters of Japan in 2006, Florida State League (A) Manager of the Year in 1996 and the International League (AAA) Manager of the Year in 1999.

Honeycutt enters his eighth consecutive season as the Dodgers’ pitching coach, making him the longest tenured full-time coach on the Dodgers’ staff. Since Honeycutt became the pitching coach in 2006, his staff has posted a Major League-best 3.77 ERA and rank second in the Majors in strikeouts (8544) and opponents’ batting average (.248). Last season, Los Angeles ranked second in the NL with both a 3.34 ERA and a .238 opponents’ batting average, while striking out 1,276 batters, the fourth most in the league. Under Honeycutt’s tutelage, Clayton Kershaw (2.53) led the Majors in ERA for the second consecutive season and veteran starters Chris Capuano (3.72) and Aaron Harang (3.61) posted the lowest ERA of their careers in their first year with the club.

Lopes will enter his 26th season as a Major League coach and third with the Dodgers, returning as the first base coach and baserunning instructor after playing for the team from 1972-82. A pair of Dodgers set career highs in steals last season as Shane Victorino (39 SB) and Dee Gordon (32 SB) ranked fourth and eighth, respectively, in the National League. Lopes was a part of the longest-tenured infield in Major League history along with Steve Garvey, Bill Russell and Ron Cey from 1973-81.

McGwire takes the reins as the Dodger hitting coach after three successful seasons in the same position with the Cardinals. During his time as hitting coach, St. Louis led the NL in batting average (.269), on-base percentage (.337) and batting average with runners in scoring position (.274), ranked second in runs (2,263), fourth in slugging percentage (.416) and third in OPS (.753) in the three-year span. McGwire’s tenure in St. Louis was highlighted by the Cardinals’ 2011 season, when St. Louis led the NL in batting average (.273), on-base percentage (.341), slugging percentage (.425, T-1st), OPS (.766) and runs scored (762), while striking out a National League-low 978 times en route to a World Series title. In a 16-year Major League career with the Athletics and Cardinals, McGwire hit 583 home runs (363 with Oakland), the 10th-most in baseball history.

Wallach, who played for the Dodgers from 1993-96, begins his third season as the Dodgers’ Third Base Coach. He has also spent four seasons as a minor league manager, setting a franchise record for victories (80) for the Dodgers’ Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes in 2009 and being named the 2009 Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year. In 2011, Wallach was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame.

Howell was the Dodgers’ bullpen coach from 2008-12 and in that time the club’s relievers owned a 3.49 ERA, which was the third-best in the NL. In his four seasons as bullpen coach, the Dodgers led the National League with both a .234 opponents’ batting average and 137 wins while ranking fourth on the circuit with 2,303 strikeouts. In his new role as assistant pitching coach, Howell will assist Honeycutt and Crim with their duties while also working with both the Dodger minor league affiliates and pitchers on rehab assignments. Howell pitched for seven seasons in the Major Leagues, including five with Los Angeles, and posted a 3.95 career ERA.

Valentin will enter his sixth season in the Dodger organization and first as assistant hitting coach. The 45-year-old was previously the hitting coach for Triple-A Albuquerque (2011-12) and Double-A Chattanooga (2010) and the manager for Double-A Chattanooga (2009) and Single-A Inland Empire (2008). Valentin is a veteran of 11 Major League seasons, primarily with the Boston Red Sox, winning the Silver Slugger Award at shortstop in 1995. The New York native finished his career with a .279 career batting average in 1,105 big league contests.

Mota will enter his 34th season as a coach with the Dodgers and 44th year overall in the organization.  He donned a Dodger uniform as a player in parts of 13 seasons from 1969-80 and 1982 and finished his career as the all-time leading pinch-hitter in Major League history. Mota will assist the club in Spring Training and throughout the year while also expanding his role as a Spanish language broadcaster for the Dodgers on PRIME TICKET Fox Deportes.

Yeager enters his second season as a catching instructor with the Dodgers and will work with the club’s Major League backstops in both Spring Training and throughout the season at Dodger Stadium. Yeager will also periodically visit the Dodgers’ minor league partners and work with their catchers. He played 15 seasons in the big leagues (14 with Los Angeles) and was the 1981 World Series Tri-MVP for the Dodgers along with Ron Cey and Pedro Guerrero. Known as a stellar defensive catcher, Yeager led the NL in caught-stealing percentage in both 1978 and 1982.

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53 Responses to “DODGERS ANNOUNCE 2013 COACHING STAFF”

  1. Gonzo says:

    Good move with Howell. He fixed league last year. It looks that the Dodgers are trying to get quality coaches throughout the organization. I really like these moves. I believe that Valentin will be working with the minor leaguers as a roving instructor. Same with Howell. He’s our next pitching coach.

  2. AnewBlueDay says:

    Another difference now –

    It will not be wondering if the Dodgers will make a move,

    It will not be wondering could the Dodgers ever get this guy or that guy,

    It will be — filling voids with guys we did not have a chance with before.

    This is A-NEW day.

  3. Bobbie17 says:

    I guess Mattingly is back. I am underjoyed. Maybe his crew can light a fire under him.

  4. ken says:

    Huge Congrats to Howell. No complaints, great patience, overcoming significant medical issues, and He Earned It.

    Continued improvements in all areas. Players take notice! “For everyone to whom much is given, of him shall much be required.” — Luke 12:48 :)

  5. AnewBlueDay says:

    Why not make Hanley really happy — and trade for Jose Reyes (who is rumored to go to Toronto in a trade) — and move Hanley to 3B with Jose at SS. Would that not be fun !!!!

    What is up next for the Dodgers.

  6. AnewBlueDay says:

    Headlines: Blue Jays to Acquire, Johnson,Reyes,Buehrle from Marlins

    That would be nice for the Dodgers . . .

    That kind of quality.

  7. voldomer says:

    I feel a little numb, with a blockbuster going down and the Dodgers not involved. What a difference a few months have made.

  8. ken says:

    Next dodger activity?
    Trade or FA signing before 11/20 Rule 5 roster day?
    Trade during Winter meetings?
    Nothing until 30 days after winning posting for Ryu?

    I will be patient as long as the dodgers hurry up and sign a #2 starting pitcher. :)

  9. Jae says:

    I think they need a 2B, 3B , 4th OF and #2 Starter and I think that is what they want. They are going to have to make some trades.

  10. Gonzo says:

    Giancarlo Stanton has let his displeasure of todays trade via twitter. He is going to ask out. Three team trade, Ethier for some some prospects Puig, Pederson, and a prospect/s for him? I don’t knowCould you imagine stanton batting 5th?

    • Badger says:

      He would look great in our lineup. But, he is also under team control for several more years. He can gripe all he wants, he isn’t going anywhere for a while.

      But, their model is to trade one for three. Who knows. Maybe they would listen if they were overwhelmed.

  11. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Just heard about Stanton’s tweet. He sure would look good in our lineup (actually, in anybody’s lineup). Just looked at Baseball-Reference. It appears as if he will be arbitration eligible next year. That should bring him a big payday. They just traded Reyes, so they probably need a young, cheap shortstop. That’s a deal in which I’d include Dee Gordon. And I’d include Pederson and Zach Lee. Maybe we can throw in Uribe and pay his contract. And I’d probably sweeten the deal some more, if necessary. That of course would make Ethier available in a deal to someone.

    Too bad none of this is actually going to happen. Sure hope I’m wrong about that.

  12. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    OK, the Marlins just got a relatively cheap shortstop in Yunel Escobar. So maybe they don’t need Gordon. But he is cheap, so they could probably use him elsewhere. OK, now that that’s been decided, they can send Stanton over to us.

    Must be tough being a Marlin’s fan. Wonder what would have happened if Albert Pujols had signed there last year.

  13. Badger says:

    Stanton is arb eligible until 2017. I don’t know how they work the MLB service years, but according to Cots he has a little over two years of service and made $480K. The Marlins drew over 2 million this year and had a payroll of 100MM. Wouldn’t they be willing to pay Stanton? They would be foolish not to. The Marlins have survived by not being foolish.

    I guess if, after less than 3 years of service, he started demanding a trade they would have to think about it. He is from Southern California, maybe he could politely ask to go home. Personally, since he isn’t a free agent until 2017, if I were the Marlins I would just offer him a decent contract and see what he says. If they go to arbitration, he will get a monstrous raise.

    But, if he were to become available, don’t you think there are teams out there that could outbid us? Arizona could blow them away with talent. The Rangers, Boston, heck the Angels could bring him home too. For a guy like him, with a 5.4 WAR (12 WAR at age 23) it would take all of our best prospects plus some money. Which I would probably do by the way.

    But I don’t see this happening.

  14. Badger says:

    Man there are some heated comments going on about that Marlin trade. I had assumed it was a salary dump for some serious young talent. That is what Miami does to stay alive. But only one person says that. I don’t know all the names coming back to Miami, but they got a bunch of them, several with ML experience. I just checked a few, and most have minimal offensive success, but have positive dWAR’s. Looks to me like the Marlins got some young talent, are going to save millions and still be able to win as many, maybe more, than they did last year. Will people show up for this? Somehow I doubt it.

  15. Badger says:

    Looks like Hunter stays in the AL. No surprise to me.

    That is one helluva lineup they have over there.

    • ken says:

      And a slight defensive improvment over Delmon Young! :)

      We all knew that Hunter was not coming to LA but it was fun thinking about it. Alternative idea for # 4 OF -

      Capuano, a prospect, + $$$ to the Rays for Ruggiano.

      Will Eovaldi now be the Marlins ACE? :)

  16. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Why would the Marlins want to add Capuano’s salary, unless the Dodgers included cash? Besides, other than last year, the former Dodger prospect, Ruggiano, hadn’t done very much. I guess he could be considered, but I certainly wouldn’t include a prospect of any worth.

    • Badger says:

      Ruggiano? As what? The 4th outfielder? Why would the Marlins do that? He isn’t arb eligible for another year, only made 400 grand last year. This is the kind of player they WANT down there.

      I don’t think Stanton goes anywhere until he is ready to go. He is the marquee guy on that team. You have to have somebody that puts B.I.S., and HE is that guy. If I were the Marlins, I would lie to him for as long as I could, tell him “we are building around you kid” and see how long it can last.

      • ken says:

        The Marlins need a couple of veteran starting pitchers to mentor their many young pitchers. Doesn’t hurt to ask. Asking is a major part of the Hot Stove process.

    • ken says:

      $$$ = Cash

  17. Bobby says:

    I thought we didnt need a 4th outfielder, because that job belonged to Carl Crawford??

  18. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    You’re right Bobby. Crawford IS the 4th outfielder, behind Scott Van Slyke. Then again, maybe he’s behind that stud from Texas, Craig Gentry.

  19. Gionfriddo says:

    From the outside looking in the Marlins fire sale part II looks bad. However, after studying it I can see a win/win for both sides. Some are saying, “why didn’t the Blue get involved for Johnson, Buerhle, Reyes et al”? Honestly, the Reyes contract is on par with Crawfords– 96 million left on a deal for a guy who has had past troubles with leg injuries (hammys and quads).. Johnson is in his walk year and if he gets 15-18 wins this year with 200+ K’s then he will be looking @ a huge deal.. However, once again, do you want to risk that kind of cash on a SP who has dealt with shoulder problems in his past?… Buerhle in all honesty is a guy I would take in a NY second over Harang and Capuano– 174 career wins and 2 no-hitters? the crafty lefty KNOWS how to pitch, but he is due 48 mill over the next 3 years (yes, I know cash means zero to Guggs but Buehrle will be 34 in ’13)…

    IMO, the one guy in this deal who I WANT badly on the Dodgers and who would help us the MOST is Emilio Bonifacio. Bonifacio is young (27) and is one of the best utility guys in the bigs.. He can play 3B, 2B, SS, and all 3 OF spots.. He had 30 SB’s last year in only 64 games (injuries).. Toronto just signed Macier Izturis last week to a 3 yr deal so the addition of Bonifacio is a surprise to me (they have 2 super utility guys now)…

    Miami got a stockpile of young talent from Toronto and only time will tell if the deal is a good one for them. Keep in mind the Marlins also got 2 young studs in the Infante/Sanchez deal w/Detroit in SP Jacob Turner and C Rob Brantly..

    As for our search for a 4th OF? I will once again put up the guy who I brought up over a month ago in here and that is Scott Hairston. He would be a perfect fit. Also, how about the 39 yr old Ichiro Suzuki? He is no longer a guy who is going to ring up 600+ AB’s and play in 160 games– I say we at least kick the tires on bringing him in to be a 4th OF and pinch hitter deluxe.. The last 4th OF I have in mind is Jason Bay who is reported to want to play on the west coast. I say he has something left in the tank after 2 hideous years with the Mets..

    • Badger says:

      I just thought it was another Marlins move. They do this now and then, and, it has worked for them. They have two World Series Championship. They have done better with their model the last 20 years than most teams have, including the Dodgers. Since I don’t know how good this minor league talent is, I have no way to really judge the move. But, they are sure getting skewered. From dumping players on a 93 loss team.

      Is Bay ready to ride the pine? I think Scott Hairston is a good choice. He has some pop. .803 OPS.

      Cy goes to Dickey. He deserves it.

      • Gonzo says:

        Not to be a homer, but I and some nationally respected writers believed that Kershaw should have won. If I recall correctly a few writers from SoCal left Kershaw off their ballots completely. many were questioning their colleagues on twitter.

        I say no to Jason Bay. He seems to have been a good player but now has a black cloud following him. Both Hairstons on the team? Isn’t there a guy like Mitch Webster out there…somewhere in the 28-33 age range?

        How long until spring training?

        • Badger says:

          We don’t need both Hairstons. Though Jerry is already signed through ’13 Scott has more pop. They both play the same role. I’ll take the guy with .803 OPS. But, since Jerry is signed (3.7MM) he may already be the back-up LFer. If that’s it, so be it. Same with our 2b situation – Mark Ellis is signed (5.25MM) so if the team is going to replace those two positions, it’s going to cost 9 million to do so – unless they are somehow traded. If that happens, the Dodgers will have to absorb most of that. If they are released, they absorb all of it.

          I think Jason Bay just wants out of Gnu Yourk and wants another shot at a starting job. I doubt he wants to be a 4th.

          I think there were 3 guys who deserved the Cy.

  20. AnewBlueDay says:

    This is terrible. Boring . . .

    It has been, what, two or three days now, and no word from the Dodgers on a trade, signing, more coaches, foreign work . . .

    Let’s get some things done today.

  21. Badger says:

    Here, a place you can check on how everyone is doing:

    http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/team/draft.jsp?c_id=la

    Some of the hitters are having trouble squaring up the ball, but the pitchers have promise. I had completely forgot the name Ross Stripling.

  22. Bobbie17 says:

    I think quiet is good. But it’s no fun.

  23. ken says:

    Congrats to Ynoa, Erickson and Gracia for a good AFL season. Perhaps a wake up call for the other 5 underdeveloped Logan picks.

    Just waiting around for 4-5 protective roster additions by 11/20, and hoping that this year Ned does not blink first with Borass and therefore give up his current leverage before 12/10. Busy time behind the scenes with 11/20, 11/30, 12/3-6, 12/6, & 12/10 deadline dates on Ned’s calendar and just a little suspense for us.

    The dodgers have already done so much but the anticipation for more moves is still there!

  24. ken says:

    FedEx is striking out 48% of the time in winter ball. Should Ned look for a backup catcher? Gordon got his walks up to 7, which is really not too bad.

    • Mark_Timmons says:

      Small sampling. SVS hit a HR in his first 7 AB\’s and then proceeded to tank. When you get 100 AB\’s you might be able to make some determination. I think Fed-Ex will be great under Big Mac!

  25. Badger says:

    McGwire should help all these guys. When does he actually get together with them?

  26. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    I imagine that McGwire has been looking at video, and perhaps has made some phone calls players to at least introduce himself. I doubt if he’ll do much about suggestions until he actually gets to work with the hitters, and maybe some of them begin to ask questions or ask for help. I don’t think he’s the kind of coach who believes in forcing his ideas down a hitters throat. Better to get to know everybody and let nature takes its course.

    You never know when things might pick up, but it could also stay relatively quiet until at least the winter meetings, Dec. 3-6. I doubt if Ned will blink first when he meets with Boras. Stan Kasten has already laid the groundwork for a firm stance by the Dodgers by stating that the Dodgers had until after the winter meetings to make a decision on Ryu.

    Gordon’s slash line looks like this: .338/.407/.500. Again, like Fedex, a small sample of only 80 ABs, but larger than Fedex’s sample.

    The disturbing thing about Fedex’s small sample is the 17 K’s in 36 ABs, and only 1 BB.

    I’d be interested to know if Gordon is showing any progress with his bunting. I know his fielding has been less than stellar, and maybe he will need a change of position, and maybe not. I know Gordon has had throwing problems in the past, but I still wonder if the thumb injury (which was on his right hand) may still have lingering effects that are hampering his throwing. Whatever the case, I believe he is coming along with the bat, and could be a force in the lineup. Only time will tell.

    • ken says:

      Stan supporting Ned as opposed to McCourt undercutting Ned, should significantly help Ned’s negotiating technique.

      Cabrera to the Blue Jays for 2 yrs $16 mil. Toronto is becoming very active. The new dodgers of the North?

  27. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Or the new Marlins of the AL east.

  28. SpokaneBob says:

    I look for the Dodgers to sign or trade for at least one and perhaps two starters at the winter meetings. That gives them the leverage to work out a reasonable deal with Borass. I expect we will pick up another outfielder but our biggest area for improvement is the rotation.

    • Badger says:

      Since we already have a 4th outfielder, and our second baseman signed, I agree with that Bob. You can’t have too many starting pitchers. They will sort themselves out in Spring Training, or, you just use one for trade bait over the winter.

      Quiet isn’t it. I am having my Stanford 1%er buddy over for the game tonight. He always gets really anxious for Stanford games. He was actually a cheerleader back in the 60′s. I will be wearing green and gold, rooting for the Ducks and making fun of the tree. I should probably take it easy on the old guy, but, what’s the fun in that?

  29. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Read this.

    Dodgers GM Ned Colletti is working under orders to make the team better regardless of cost. “Cost is no object for them,” said a GM. “They are playing a different game than the rest of us right now.”

    It’s in the link above in MLB Trade Rumors above that begins “Olney’s Latest:….”

    Don’t know when it’s going to be, but I do expect stuff to happen.

  30. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    With respect to what I just posted above, I read recently that News Corp.’s exclusive window to get a deal done with the Dodgers will close at the end of this month or maybe the beginning of December. At that point the Dodgers will be free to speak with anyone (e.g., Time Warner). They could enter into a partnership with a cable network like Fox, Time Warner, etc., or they could establish their own regional network.

    Also, I believe that all teams will be receiving something around $25 million per year in additional media revenue from MLB. It’s becoming clearer and clearer why the Dodgers fetched $2.15 billion, and why they are apparently intent upon spending big to re-establish the Dodger brand.

  31. AnewBlueDay says:

    I watched part of the AFL finals today. Did not see any Dodgers playing.

    No signing today, no trades. Boring day then.

  32. gionfriddo says:

    Wake Up The Echoes…

    Matt Barkley=separated shoulder is good for the Irish.

    National Title game on Jan. 7:

    Notre Dame, #1… Alabama #2

    • Badger says:

      You are probably right. The Pac 12 shoots themselves in the foot once again. Mariota had a bad night with his reads. Bummer.

      Notre Dame Alabama. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

      But wait…. Oregon and Alabama both with one loss. Alabama plays a cupcake at the end of the year. Why is it automatically the Tide? Oregon finished with a much tougher schedule. Maybe it’s Notre Dame Oregon. I like that much better. Screw the SEC.

  33. AnewBlueDay says:

    Just saw that the Marlins signed Juan Pierre.

    Then looked at this total salary for career: $55 million.

    Not bad for a career. The Dodgers paid him the most $25.5 million over 3 seasons.

    • Badger says:

      It’s my opinion that Juan Pierre gets a bad rap because someone was willing to overpay him. That wasn’t his fault. All he does is show up every day, give 100% keep his mouth shut. He has 10 years of positive WAR on his record. As a coach, I would take a whole team of guys like him.

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