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DODGERS ANNOUNCE MINOR LEAGUE COACHING STAFF

Dodger affiliates posted the third-highest winning percentage among MLB teams in 2012

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced their 2013 Minor League coaches with seven former Dodger players from the Major League club on staff.

For a second consecutive season, four of the Dodgers’ seven affiliates reached the postseason in 2012 and the organization posted one of the top combined winning percentages among big league teams, ranking third with a .531 mark (404-357). In addition, after successful stints as minor league coaches in the Dodger system, John Valentin (Triple-A Albuquerque hitting coach in 2012) and Chuck Crim (Double-A Chattanooga pitching coach in 2012) have joined the club’s Major League staff as Assistant Hitting Coach and Bullpen Coach, respectively.

The majority of the Dodgers’ minor league staff will remain in place with Field Coordinator Bruce Hines (fourth season) returning along with Senior Advisors, Player Development Gene Clines (third season) and Charlie Hough (third season). Ramon Martinez will return for his fourth season as a member of the Dodger front office and third as a Senior Advisor, Latin America. In addition, coordinators Rafael Chaves (pitching, fifth season), Eric Owens (hitting, third season), Damon Mashore (outfield/baserunning, second season) and Travis Barbary (sixth season as catching coordinator, 19th overall season with the organization) will return in their same roles as last season.

Pat Listach will become the Dodgers’ new Infield Coordinator after spending the last two seasons on the Chicago Cubs’ coaching staff as their third base coach (2012) and bench coach (2011). Listach brings 13 years of coaching experience to the Dodgers in both the Chicago (2000-05, 2006-12) and Washington (2009-10) organizations, including four seasons as a minor league manager at the Double-A and Triple-A levels and four seasons on a Major League staff. Listach, 45, played in six Major League seasons with the Brewers (1992-96) and Astros (1997), batting .251 with 116 steals, five homers and 143 RBI in 503 big league games, primarily as a shortstop.

Todd Takayoshi and Rick Knapp will join the organization as Assistant Hitting and Pitching Coordinator, respectively. Takayoshi spent the past 11 seasons as a coach in the Angels’ organization, including the last six years as the Angels’ Roving Hitting Coordinator, while serving in a dual role in 2011, when he was also the club’s field coordinator. Takayoshi was a two-time batting champion as left-handed hitting catcher during his four years of affiliated baseball in the Angels’ farm system from 1993-96. Knapp, who has spent 30 years in professional baseball, was the Royals’ minor league pitching coordinator last season after serving as the pitching coach of the Detroit Tigers from 2009-2011. Knapp, 51, pitched in five minor league seasons from 1983-87 in the Padres and Rangers organizations.

John Shoemaker, who has been a player, coach, manager or coordinator in the Dodger organization since 1977, will assume the role of Camelback Ranch – Glendale Coordinator of Instruction, a position he previously held from 2009-10. Shoemaker served as the manager of the Single-A Great Lakes Loons for the past two seasons.

The reigning Triple-A Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year, Lorenzo Bundy, returns for a third season as Albuquerque manager after leading the Isotopes to 80 wins, tying a franchise record, and an American Southern Division title last season. Bundy will be joined in the Albuquerque dugout by Pitching Coach Glenn Dishman, who enters his third season with the Isotopes and his ninth year with the Dodger organization, and hitting coach Franklin Stubbs, who was the Double-A Chattanooga hitting coach for the last two campaigns.

Jody Reed returns to the dugout and will skipper Double-A Chattanooga following a season as the organization’s Infield Coordinator. Reed has earned league Manager of the Year honors twice in his three previous years as a minor league manager, doing so while leading the Rookie-level Arizona League Dodgers to a championship in 2011 and with the Gulf Coast League Yankees during their title-winning run in 2007. Hector Berrios moves up from Single-A Great Lakes to become the Lookouts’ pitching coach, while Orv Franchuk joins the Dodger organization as the Chattanooga hitting coach. Franchuk managed the Edmonton Capitals of the Independent North American League to a first-place finish and a league championship in 2011.

Carlos Subero will take over the helm of Single-A Rancho Cucamonga in his fifth season coaching in the Dodger organization, including the last three as the Double-A Chattanooga manager. Under Subero last season, the Lookouts posted a league-best 41-29 record in the second half to clinch a playoff berth for the second consecutive season. Matt Herges, who recently was the pitching coach for the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League, returns for a second season as the Rancho Cucamonga pitching coach and Johnny Washington, who served as a coach at Camelback Ranch – Glendale last season after three years as the hitting coach at Rookie-advanced Ogden, will be the Quakes’ hitting coach.

Razor Shines will manage Single-A Great Lakes in 2013 after serving as the club’s hitting coach last season. Shines has compiled a 572-546 record in eight seasons as a minor league manager in the Reds, White Sox and Phillies organizations, while leading Single-A Winston-Salem to a Carolina League title in 2003. Bill Simas, who served as the pitching coach with Rookie-advanced Ogden last season, makes the jump to Great Lakes as Mike Eylward joins the Dodger organization as the Loons’ hitting coach. Eylward spent the last four seasons as a coach in the Angels’ organization, including the past two years as the hitting coach for Single-A Cedar Rapids. Eylward played primarily as a corner infielder in eight professional seasons in the Angels (2001-2007) and Phillies (2008) organizations after his selection in the 44th round of the 2001 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of South Florida.

Damon Berryhill will return for a fifth season as manager of Rookie-advanced Ogden after leading the club to its fourth-straight playoff berth in 2012. Under Berryhill, the Raptors posted the Pioneer League’s best overall record last year, winning the South Division title in both halves of the season before falling in the league championship series. Esteban Lopez will serve as the club’s hitting coach after working with the Dodgers’ minor league hitters at Camelback Ranch last season. The Raptors’ pitching coach will be named at a later date.

P.J. Forbes joins the Los Angeles organization as manager of the Rookie-level Arizona League Dodgers after nine seasons managing in the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh organizations. Forbes piloted Single-A Lynchburg to a Carolina League championship in 2009 and most recently managed the Double-A Altoona Curve of the Eastern League for the past two seasons.  He played 13 professional seasons as an infielder, reaching the big leagues with Baltimore in 1998 and Philadelphia in 2001. Leo Garcia returns for a fifth season as the club’s hitting coach along with pitching coach Kremlin Martinez, who will enter his second season with the AZL Dodgers and his 10th year in the Dodger organization..

Henry Cruz will return as Campo Las Palmas Director and Antonio Bautista will again serve as the Dodgers’ Field Coordinator at Campo Las Palmas. Pedro Mega returns for his seventh season as manager of the Dominican Summer League Dodgers along with his entire 2012 staff of Pitching Coach Alejandro Pena, Hitting Coach Keyter Collado, Catching Coach Jose D. Hernandez and Assistant Coach Rafael Ozuna.

The complete Dodgers’ minor league staff is listed below:

Field Coordinator: Bruce Hines

Senior Advisor, Player Development: Gene Clines, Charlie Hough

Senior Advisor, Latin America: Ramon Martinez

Hitting Coordinator: Eric Owens

Pitching Coordinator: Rafael Chaves

Outfield/Baserunning Coordinator: Damon Mashore

Infield Coordinator: Pat Listach

Catching Coordinator: Travis Barbary

Assistant Hitting Coordinator: Todd Takayoshi

Assistant Pitching Coordinator: Richard Knapp

Coordinator of Arizona Instruction: John Shoemaker

Campo Las Palmas Coordinator: Henry Cruz

Field Coordinator, Campo Las Palmas: Antonio Bautista

 

Triple-A Albuquerque:

Manager: Lorenzo Bundy

Hitting Coach: Franklin Stubbs

Pitching Coach: Glenn Dishman

 

Double-A Chattanooga:

Manager: Jody Reed

Hitting Coach: Orv Franchuk

Pitching Coach: Hector Berrios

 

Single-A Rancho Cucamonga:

Manager: Carlos Subero

Hitting Coach: Johnny Washington

Pitching Coach: Matt Herges

 

Single-A Great Lakes:

Manager: Razor Shines

Hitting Coach: Mike Eylward

Pitching Coach: Bill Simas

 

Rookie-advanced Ogden:

Manager: Damon Berryhill

Hitting Coach: Esteban Lopez

Pitching Coach: TBD

 

Rookie-level Arizona League Dodgers:

Manager: P.J. Forbes

Hitting Coach: Leo Garcia

Pitching Coach: Kremlin Martinez

 

Rookie-level Dominican Summer League Dodgers:

Manager: Pedro Mega

Hitting Coach: Keyter Collado

Pitching Coach: Alejandro Pena

Catching Coach: Jose D. Hernandez

Assistant Coach: Rafael Ozuna

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32 Responses to “DODGERS ANNOUNCE MINOR LEAGUE COACHING STAFF”

  1. Pete M. says:

    I would love to see at the minor lg. level more instruction on bunting. I know it isn’t taught at H.S. & College but better late than never. A whole hour could be constructed on MLB TV on the follies that is known as bunting. For some players it is a near-death experience…
    Important year for Reed and Subero this year at AA and HiA…We have players ready for breakout years hopefully.

  2. Bball says:

    MLB rumors says the dodgers are shopping Ethier and could be a suitor for swisher. This makes absolutely no sense to me. Bourne ok but hell no to swisher. I think Ethier is an all around better player then him

  3. DRomo says:

    The reason Swisher would make sense is he can play 1B. As of now we have no back up there.

    Swisher isn’t much better than Ethier but I am sure he will get a shorter contract and make way for Puig next year or the following year.

    Also Ken Rosenthal is reporting that 2 AL teams have asked about Ethier and the Dodgers have “no interest” in trading him. But they will listen. I have to believe one of the teams wanting him is Texas. If the Dodgers get their offer (i.e. Kinsler or Beltre) we may have to say so long to Andre.

    This could make way for Bourne or Swisher. Either way you have to listen and Ethier does hold value and maybe expendable in the right deal.

  4. Badger says:

    Well finally a rumor re Ethier. Agree about Swisher. I didn’t look at his stats but my immediate reaction is – why make that switch.

    Agree about bunting Pete. It’s a lost art. I see these infield overloads and to me it’s an easy single just there for the taking. Pitchers falling off the mound and the third baseman playing damn near in left field? Everyone on the team should be able to take advantage of that and they don’t. And today’s pitchers, as a group, are the worst bunters I have ever seen. I guess it’s just not that important anymore. Is to me. All my teams could bunt. They didn’t like it much but they could do it.

    Surprised to read of our systems success. Where are the players?

  5. DRomo says:

    Tim Brown also says “barring a huge offer” Ethier will be Dodgers opening Day 1B.

    I think this is why the Doddgers do not offer “No-Trade clauses”. Everyone has a price. And if you want to blow us away? Let’s talk. Unless you are asking about Kershaw or Kemp.

  6. DRomo says:

    oops I meant : OPENING DAY RF!!

  7. Badger says:

    Well, checked the stats – Swisher sure hits lh pitching better than Ethier. And he can back up Gonzales so that works. Who plays RF when he is there can be worked out. Swisher should be a few a sheckles cheaper. OK I guess. I would rather get Bourn and use Andre for a third baseman but, whatever.

  8. ken says:

    Great news! Hopefully leading to better player development.

    Lets skip Hanrahan, just another fat pitcher.

  9. RoidRage says:

    I mentioned this before and posters just wanted to bust my balls, but the Dodgers really are content with Cruz at 3B. Sorry I can’t reveal my source inside the organization, but I gave my word to the guy, so bash away or consider what I am saying. Yes, if the Dodgers are totally blown away with some offer and it lands them a top 3B, they will listen. However that really is the case with just about anybody on the roster with just a very few exceptions.

    So like it or not, Cruz will most likely be our 3B, it’s his job to lose. From a standpoint of what players think, I think it sends a good message that if a player performs for the club, the club will respond with loyalty to a player, at least giving him a legit opportunity to own a position. I personally have always hated the idea that an organization can be completely disloyal to it’s players and just dump em for a high-priced veteran, sends a very bad message up and down the organization. Maybe you remember the old saying, “leave the dance with the one that brought you”.

    Haters take your mark, get set, go!

  10. Roger Dodger says:

    Dodger brass is thinking in heavy chess terms. 2, 5, 9 moves ahead.

    Sign one guy, then trade three, then get another piece, add another from Cuba or Korea or Japan or Australia or where ever.

    We Dodger fans are not used to this. Drive us to . . . loose sleep.

    Gee, they have spent so much money. Both in players and staff (world and minor league stuff) — they are now cleaning up in the difficult corners.

    Closer and stoppers in the pen.

    Role players off the bench.

    (By the end of July) 3B and sort out the outfielders. If Crawford makes a strong comeback — work from there. If he struggles, get another outfielder.

    Question, is Ethier the guy for 5 years, or trade him and move pieces around?

    Concern for a true leadoff hitter.

    Move at some point to a center-fielder to help Matt Kemp take the wear and tear off his body in center as he ages gracefully.

    Lots of IF’S in the starting pitching. Lilly, Kershaw, Billingsley all have some health issues for pitching over 30 starts in 2013. Ryu has never pitched in a major league game in the MLB. Capuano & Harang have been the subject of trade talks and in the right deal, could fly away. Greinke seems good to go. Beckett has about 1,900 innings on his arm (his 20 game season was 5 years ago). I think ownership will do whatever it takes to make sure there are 5 starters out of Spring Training who can go and not breakdown.

  11. DRomo says:

    Roid rage,
    I hear you. We all have sources. From one place or another. I can’t say all of mine either or I lose them.

    Anyhow, I am happy giving Cruuuuz the opportunity to win 3B. My concern is a backup 1B and a true lead off guy.

    Either for another 5 yrs is risky. Is he in decline? Will he hit LH ever? Does he block Puig now that Crawford and Kemp will be mainstays? It is worth listening on Ethier… especially if it brings a leadoff guy like Kinsler (who Texas is moving to 1B possibly to make room for a rookie).

    Supposedly Ned/Stan are looking for a lefty reliever now. That is the focus. I don’t know who is out there but I would guess Schlereth is on that list to couple with Paco in our pen.

  12. Bobbie17 says:

    Based on the number of non prospects the Dodgers have, why bring back company men, who have had little success except minor league winning percentage? We need BIG LEAGUE PLAYERS, NOT MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS! The club should have cleaned house. These guys are much too comfortable, and they don’t deserve it. That includes the manager. Eithier to Texas for someone in need sounds ok, since their farm system seems to produce big league players. Swisher taking his place will result in no drop off. He is a gamer. I saw him play in Oakland, and the fans love him. Plus he has a beautiful actress wife. What more can I say?

  13. ken says:

    My concern is that Crawford might be the dodgers version of Vernon Wells.

    Either + $5 mil/yr, Gordon, Harang, Lee, Reed and Garcia for Seager and King Felix. Then sign Bourne. Too Risky? Guess I am still on the fence.

  14. Badger says:

    I don’t recall anyone busting your balls about Cruz, but it sure could have happened. Most of us are ok with him, it’s just such a small sample for a corner position player. Ask your source what plan b is.

  15. Bill Russell says:

    I heard the guys on MLB Network speculating about a deal with Seattle for King Felex and Seager. I would do that deal in a heartbeat. But it’s only speculation Ken Rosenthal in his next breathe says the Dodgers are saying Ethier will be their starting RFer in 2013. Hot Stove is always fun.

  16. Pete M. says:

    RR – I havent busted anyone on Cruzzzz either…He deserves a shot at 3rd.
    Now some of you guys are making me real bad!!! y’all got sources as in baseball organizations. Sorta like Deep Throat type info…Damn I got my friends and the numerous blogs and fish wraps I frequent. Sometimes I’ll even ask my wife and she dont know squat. (happens some of her rumors have done quite well though)…
    Dre isn’t going anywhere for awhile unless a deal is significant. Over the course of his 7 years he’s averaged about 18/80 which aint too shabby with pretty decent OF play…

  17. Jason says:

    I think that if Ethier goes it would be to get Bourn like others have already said before. And….. I know Kemp is a gamer and a team player, but do you think he WANTS to move to RF? Seems like we all assume they can just plug him in over there and he will be ‘happy’.

    I also agree that Cruz has earned a shot at 3rd – if it doesn’t pan out they will address it before the deadline.

    Has Puig ever played IF?

    Go Blue

    • Bobby says:

      Excellent point Jason.

      People keep assuming Hanley will be “bad Hanley” if he’s at 3b, and only “good Hanley” if he’s at SS. Who’s to say Matt Kemp won’t be “bad Matt” if he’s asked to move to RF????

      If we’re gona kiss Hanley’s ass and let him play SS, even though he’s rather poor at it, then we BETTER let our best player play his favorite position, a position that he’s acutally won 2 gold gloves at!!!!

  18. DRomo says:

    Has anyone heard what the asking price is for Bourne? I haven’t. Although I am sure it’s sky high (Boras client!) Again, the years he is asking for is my concern. Will we block Puig ?

    All things being equal, Bourne is fast! Super fast. Excellent in CF and is a lead off hitter. All things we need. Kemp will be healthier longer in RF.

    Maybe we trade Ethier to replenish the farm? Who knows. But it does make sense to listen & I like Andre!

  19. Badger says:

    Bourn. Two things when asking what he will cost… he is coming off a 6 WAR year and $cott Bora$.

    Kemp in right makes sense if we do sign Bourn. He will see that.

    Felix and Seager for all that? OK. That means we do sign Swisher – right?

  20. DRomo says:

    King Fleix is going nowhere! First of all Seattle has 1 star. FELIX! Moving Felix wouldn’t make sense unless you were replacing him with a star or something to create buzz…..Ethier aint that.

    Ethier might be wanted in Seattle as a bat to add to that lineup but they aint handing us Felix for Andre, Gordon, Lee, etc.

    Hell giving them Magic Johson might not even get that deal done.

  21. Badger says:

    Seattle needs to win. Felix only makes 16 starts there so if they can improve their team by trading Felix, they should do it.

    They also need to do something about that park.

  22. DRomo says:

    If I was there and I had Felix I wouldn’t take Ethier, Gordon, & Lee. I would wait until his walk year and make someone break their system for him. Who knows maybe I’m wrong but I just don’t see it.

    Mark Reynolds signed with the indians. That is only important to us if effects them signing Swisher. Did Swisher indicate he may be leaning somewhere else? Hmmm? Conspiracy theory?

  23. RoidRage says:

    Busitng balls: I was referring to what DRomo picked up on, not Cruz as our 3B but that I didn’t name my source for that info. I can see why arguments start here easily, posts not read closely or understood. I guess I need to REALLY spell things out in here to keep the peace.

    M E R R Y C H R I S T M A S E V E R Y O N E

  24. Badger says:

    “I mentioned this before and posters just wanted to bust my balls, but the Dodgers really are content with Cruz at 3B. Sorry I can’t reveal my source inside the organization.

    “So like it or not, Cruz will most likely be our 3B” – Roid

    That is what you said roidboy, so if it wasn’t what you meant, it was nobody’s fault but your own.

    I guess that is a valid point Romey. If it were me, I would probably take the players. They need more good ones up there, and those three could be very good for a number of years. I would also shrink the foul lines a few rows.

  25. Badger says:

    One more thing roid, I think you often bring a knowledgeable point of view here so I hope you stick around. No need for thin skin here. Many of us have known each other for years and often disagree. Give this place a chance, I think you will fit in nicely.

  26. RoidRage says:

    Thanks Badger, I’ll keep that in mind. Even when it comes to Mark Timmons, he seems to have the thin-est of all skins.

    I agree with many who have stated that the Dodgers should be in no hurry to deal for certain players now. Waiting until ST is near over and even into the season, prior to the trade deadline, allows for us to deal from a strength position. We may have extra starting pitching, we may have extra outfielders, etc. Plus waiting into the season allows the Dodgers to really evaluate what they have in Cruz at 3B in addition to possibly knowing how healthy Bills and Lilly are.

    G O L A K E R S !

  27. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    This from TBLA.

    http://www.truebluela.com/2012/12/18/3777104/hanley-ramirez-shortstop-third-base-defense

    As one who doesn’t subscribe to the good Hanley/bad Hanley argument, I still believe that he could ultimately end up at 3B this year, or maybe next. A lot will depend on the performances of Gordon and Cruz. If neither is traded, then their performances this coming year may influence the final outcome. Hanley may open the season at short, but I’m not certain that he will end up there.

  28. Badger says:

    I agree that if the right fit doesn’t manifest the Dodgers would be ill advised to force it. And I don’t think we will see any knee jerk reactions. That is not how Kasten works.

    I too am not sure about Good Han Bad Han. If Gordon tears it up in ST then everyone will see the Dodgers are better with him in the lineup. I also think Ramirez’ ego makes him believe he is the best ss, and last year, with Gordon gone he was. I still hold hope Dee has a great Spring….. if for no other reason it gives the Dodgers more options, including trading him.

    As for Timmons, once you get to know him you will see he at times does have thin skin, but he also has a very short memory.

  29. Mark_Timmons says:

    As I have always said you can disagree with me all you want, but when you have no take (it sucks) and you call me names, I will call you out. Other than that I have no issues. Challenge me all you want, but make it personal, you better be prepared to rumble!

  30. Badger says:

    Lighten up Francis.

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