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DODGERS ANNOUNCE 2014 COACHING STAFFS FOR SIX MINOR LEAGUE AFFILIATES

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced 2014 coaching staffs for their top six minor league affiliates.

Each club will have a new manager, as Damon Berryhill, Razor Shines and P.J. Forbes were promoted within the organization to manage Triple-A Albuquerque, Double-A Chattanooga and Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, respectively, while Bill Haselman (Single-A Great Lakes) and Lee Tinsley (Rookie-advanced Ogden) join the Dodger organization. John Shoemaker will take the reins of the Rookie-level AZL Dodgers for his 21st season as a minor league manager.

Berryhill takes over as Triple-A Albuquerque manager following five seasons, including four playoff appearances, with Rookie-advanced Ogden. Berryhill, a Laguna Beach native, began his managing career with Texas’ Single-A Bakersfield club in 2008 and has a 269-250 record (.518) as a minor league manager following 10 big league seasons as a catcher with the Cubs (1987-91), Braves (1991-93), Red Sox (1994), Reds (1995) and Giants (1997). The club’s coaches will both return, as pitching coach Glenn Dishman enters his fourth year with Albuquerque (10th with Dodger organization) and hitting coach Franklin Stubbs will begin his second season with the Isotopes (sixth season with the organization).

Shines, who managed Single-A Great Lakes last year, will take the helm at Double-A Chattanooga for his 10th season as a minor league manager. Shines has managed four clubs to the postseason during his career, including two league titles, and has spent three seasons on Major League staffs as a base coach with the White Sox (2007) and Mets (2009-10). Scott Radinsky will serve as the Lookouts’ pitching coach after spending the 2013 season in the same position at Rookie-advanced Ogden. Radinsky pitched in the Majors for 11 seasons, including a stint in Los Angeles from 1996-98. Shawn Wooten joins the Dodger organization as the Lookouts’ hitting coach following four years coaching in the San Diego chain, including two seasons as manager of Single-A Lake Elsinore, one season managing Single-A Fort Wayne and serving as the hitting coach with Short-Season Eugene in 2010 in his coaching debut. Wooten played six Major League seasons with Anaheim (2000-03), Philadelphia (2004) and Boston (2005) as a catcher, first baseman and third baseman.

Forbes will manage Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, after leading the Rookie-level AZL Dodgers to a 34-22 record and an Arizona League Central division title last season. The 2014 season will mark Forbes’ second season in the Dodger organization and 11th season as a minor league manager following 13 professional seasons as an infielder. Former Dodger Matt Herges is back for a third consecutive campaign as the Quakes’ pitching coach and hitting coach Mike Eylward will begin his first season with Rancho Cucamonga and second with the organization after spending last year as the hitting coach for Single-A Great Lakes.

Haselman will join the Dodger organization as the Loons’ skipper after piloting the Single-A Inland Empire 66ers in the Angels’ organization in 2012 and 2013. Prior to his stint with the 66ers, Haselman managed Single-A Bakersfield (Texas) in the California League in 2010. The New Jersey native and UCLA product was a first round draft pick of the Rangers (23rd overall) in 1987 and went on to play 13 big league seasons with the Rangers (1990, 1998, 2000-02), Mariners (1992-94), Red Sox (1995-97, 2003) and Tigers (1998). Haselman hi .259 in 589 career games and following his playing career became the Red Sox first base (2004, 2006) and bullpen (2005) coach. The 47-year-old caught Roger Clemens’ second 20-strikeout performance against the Tigers in 1996. Bill Simas returns for his fourth year in the organization and second season as the Loons’ pitching coach, after his staff paced the Midwest League in strikeouts with 1,113. Hitting coach Johnny Washington is returning for his sixth season as a minor league coach and first with the Loons. Washington was the Single-A Rancho Cucamonga hitting coach in 2012 and 2013.

Rookie-level Ogden will be piloted by Tinsley, who will be making his debut in the Dodger organization after spending the last three seasons as the Cubs’ outfield/baserunning coordinator. The Kentucky native will also serve as the Co-coordinator of Arizona Instruction. Tinsley boasts 13 years of coaching experience, including Major League coaching stints with Arizona and Seattle. That followed a 14-year playing career that included five Major League seasons with Seattle (1993, 1997), Boston (1994-96) and Philadelphia (1996). After signing with the Dodgers as a minor league instructor on June 1, Greg Sabat will take the reins as the Raptors’ pitching coach. Sabat previously served as the pitching coach with the Gulf Coast Tigers in Detroit’s organization for 15 seasons. Hitting coach Leo Garcia is returning for a sixth season in the organization and his second with Ogden in 2014.

Shoemaker will manage the Rookie-level Arizona League Dodgers after serving as the Coordinator of Arizona Instruction last season. Shoemaker has been a player, coach, manager or coordinator in the Dodger organization since 1977, compiling a 1,258-1,230 (.506) managerial record and winning Southern League championships with Double-A Jacksonville in 2001 (co-champions) and 2005 and also a Single-A South Atlantic League crown with Savannah in 1996. Hector Berrios will return for a fourth season in the organization, as he was named the Arizona League Dodgers’ pitching coach after spending last season as the pitching coach for Double-A Chattanooga. Henry Cruz will take over as hitting coach, which will be his third season as a hitting coach in the organization (Ogden in 2007 and Inland Empire in 2008). Cruz was the Coordinator of Campo Las Palmas in the Dominican Republic the last five seasons.

The Dodgers’ minor league staff is listed below:

Triple-A Albuquerque:

  • Manager: Damon Berryhill
  • Pitching Coach: Glenn Dishman
  • Hitting Coach: Franklin Stubbs

Double-A Chattanooga:

  • Manager: Razor Shines
  • Pitching Coach: Scott Radinsky
  • Hitting Coach: Shawn Wooten

Single-A Rancho Cucamonga:

  • Manager: P.J. Forbes
  • Pitching Coach: Matt Herges
  • Hitting Coach: Mike Eylward

Single-A Great Lakes:

  • Manager: Bill Haselman
  • Pitching Coach: Bill Simas
  • Hitting Coach: Johnny Washington

Rookie-advanced Ogden:

  • Manager: Lee Tinsley
  • Pitching Coach: Greg Sabat
  • Hitting Coach: Leo Garcia

Rookie-level AZL Dodgers:

  • Manager: John Shoemaker
  • Pitching Coach: Hector Berrios
  • Hitting Coach: Henry Cruz

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42 Responses to “DODGERS ANNOUNCE 2014 COACHING STAFFS FOR SIX MINOR LEAGUE AFFILIATES”

  1. Bob says:

    Cool! Now all I want for Christmas is my two front line reserves.

  2. Roger Dodger says:

    The above 18 men — are some of the most valuable men in the entire Dodger organization. In that — what they do, what they say, and how they develop AAA. AA, and A players is the key to the future.

    The Dodgers cannot play they enough . . .

    Also, there are other instructors, some roving . . . that also work with the players.

    Best to all of them in 2014.

  3. Quasimodo says:

    Mark, hope these moves are to your liking enough bring back the passion you’ve always had for the club. With all the new scouts and management, it looks like they’re putting more towards the farm system than the ‘win now’ at all costs idea. Well, the win now was mostly completed last season so the majors ain’t exactly on the back burner. They’re making more than good on their promises. Cheers!

  4. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Here’s a piece on one of those new managers, P.J. Forbes at Rancho.

    http://www.thinkbluela.com/index.php/2013/12/22/new-quakes-manager-p-j-forbes-likely-to-be-a-fan-favorite/

    Absolutely right Quas. They’re making good on all their promises, which includes building the big league club while at the same time investing in every aspect of the organization. This team still has some holes to fill at the big league level, but they’re also committed to re-building from within. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if any future trades include the Dodgers getting back international slot money, something they did a couple of times last year.

  5. Watford Dodger says:

    Well we can’t say that the Dodgers haven’t got much experience in the pen this season. It’s interesting how many ex closers Ned has recruited. On his best form Perez is good – the problem is his best form was a while ago. Looks like another mission for the ‘pitcher whisperer’ Rick Honeycutt. Kenley, Wilson, Perez & League have all been Closers (3 Allstars). If Perez can get his form back & Paco comes back refreshed then the Pen looks better than last year. Looking promising.
    On another note I like the fact that Kemp still sees himself as an everyday CF – wouldn’t want him thinking any other way.

  6. Badger says:

    I agree with FKB’s take:

    http://www.feelinkindablue.com/2013/12/dodgers-chris-perez-close-to-1-year.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+FeelinKindaBlue+%28Feelin%27+Kinda+Blue%29

    Why this guy? So Honeycutt has MORE work to do? We have Dominguez, League and Withrow. The guy that Honeycutt should be working with is League. He still has great stuff, he just can’t find his spots with it. Perez is a head case with a rising WHIP. Maybe they see something I don’t. If he can get back to his 2010 form, what a bullpen.

  7. Idaho al says:

    I like what the Dodgers are doing. They want to develop the farm system and scouts is where you need to spend your money. Then you need good coaching in the minors.

    Our bull pen will be ok. I do not like League, but he is ours for another two years.

    I wish Kershaw would sign. Then I would feel good about 2014.

  8. Badger says:

    I don’t know anything about the new hires. But if it means moving further away from mcRoach I’m all for it.

    I am going to assume the new medical team has checked out Perez’ shoulder issues and given him clearance.

    I actually have hopes for League. He reminds me of Darren Dreifort. Nasty stuff that misses the strike zone then fastballs down the middle. If this guy ever fugues out to hit the corners he could be good again. In my mind he and Withrow are the two guys I want Honeycutt to get to.

  9. Quasimodo says:

    Where it comes to pitchers, maybe decisions are made with how receptive starters and relievers are to the design of Rick Honeycutt. I’m not certain, but I see it extremely likely that new signings here have to be approved by Rick and A.J. The thing that makes me very faithful in Ned is his trust in the teams opinion. I like how team approval is a factor in the hiring. I doubt many other franchise’s use that tool.

  10. Bob says:

    Chris Perez?

    Did Ned never have a ride on a Tobaggon when he lived in the snow of Chicago? This guy is going downhill faster than a thrill seeking kid on a 90 degree slope. Not worth more than $2 million. Will he be another Guerrier or League? I would rather sign Marmol. Rather have Dominquez.

    Have the Dodgers found a flaw in the guy’s pitching motion or did Perez wear his smoking jacket to the negotiations thus creating Ned’s first purple haze?

  11. Bob says:

    23 pitchers and only 16 position players on the 40 man roster. Is this imbalance Felony Stupid or an indication of brilliant trades coming in the near future? Curious to see whether a couple of trades of major and minor league pitchers for minor league position players and major league infield reserves will occur.

  12. Bobbie17 says:

    As we all know ,the minor league system has been horrible for years. In the past it appears that there was little accountability at any level. I don’t think the bodies are as important as the system they are supposed to teach. I am hoping that we now have what can be called a “Dodger system.” It starts with scouting, of course. I am more pleased that the scouting department has been increased, and I hope that that part, too, has high expectations and is accountable to the front office. It looks like that these owners mean what they said: that they want the Dodger brand to return to gold.

  13. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    I heard that Perez’s deal is pending a physical.

    I suspect the Dodgers are leaning towards Dominguez starting the season in the minors, with plans to call him up later. I imagine the Dodgers are just stockpiling arms to give them flexibility going into the season. Over time things will probably work out.

    I’m not betting on League, but I too have hopes that he may find himself. Just a matter of being more consistent with that splitter. Great pitch when he has it under command.

    And keep in mind, the team you begin the season with is generally not the one you end it with. There will be changes occurring during the course of the season. And likely there will be changes between now and the opening of the season.

  14. Bobby says:

    I”m not sure if Chris Perez is declining, or if he can figure it out here. I just think that this snippet from the espn.com article is one of the funniest thing i’ve ever read:

    Perez, 28, was not tendered a contract by the Cleveland Indians in October after struggling with a 4.33 ERA in 56 games and being arrested in June for having marijuana shipped to his home under his dog’s name. He pleaded no contest to those charges and was put on probation, according to reports.

  15. Badger says:

    Maybe Perez was pitching stoned the second half of last year. The split is kinda scary. Something went wrong. If it’s physical, hope they see it in the exam. If it’s mental, well, coming to the conservative town LA should help that. He’ll love LA. (insert Randy Newman tune here)

    I would rather have Dominguez too. Guess he ain’t ready. But Withrow appears to be. If we leave those two guys in the minors….. that improves our system. Strange way to do it, but, whatever.

  16. Quasimodo says:

    The Dodgers very much believe in Withrow. They made it clear that Withrow was not for trade. So why he’s what seems as a reserve I can’t call. Good chance we’ll find out in ST.

  17. Michael says:

    We’ve got “arms up the ass” and with how anemic our offense can be at times, this is a good thing.
    Not too excited about Dee or Andys’ son being on our bench.

    Hope your doing well Quas and for that matter the rest of our frequent flyers as well.

    Merry Christmas to all

  18. Bob says:

    And now they sign MR. NRI Wright which sends Withrow or Rodriquez back to the minors.

    Ned Please have a big trade up your sleeve. 3 minor league position players and 10 minor league pitchers on the full 40 man roster. That is NOT a balanced backup plan should players become injured like they did in 2013.

  19. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    I think it’s way to early to make any judgments, since we really don’t know if there’s a larger plan afoot. However, it’s clear that the Dodgers’ 7-man bullpen doesn’t have room for these 9-pitchers.

    Kenley Jansen
    Brian Wilson
    Chris Withrow
    Brandon League
    Chris Perez
    Jamey Wright
    Jose Dominguez
    Paco Rodriguez
    J.P. Howell

    I could see Dominguez opening the season in the minors, but I doubt if that would be the case with Withrow, option or no option. In fact, I’m guessing that Paco also has an option or two left. And, of course, there’s Beckett and Billingsley, either of which (or both) could ultimately end up in the pen if the Dodgers acquire another starter (Tanaka?????).

    Of course, we don’t know the terms of Perez’s and Wright’s contracts, so maybe they’re easy to release. And of course, the Dodgers may be planning a trade(s) that will involve an arm or two from among the above. For now, I’m willing to sit back and observe, and reserve judgment until it all plays out.

  20. Badger says:

    I smell a trade.

  21. Michael says:

    No that’s just the wind off San Francisco Bay.

  22. Roger Dodger says:

    Ned wants to have, like: 6 guys for 3B, 24 guys for the Pen, 9 starters, 4 guys for 2B, and 3 for SS — to go along with his 4 outfielders.

    Sure, everyone will be very happy.

  23. Badger says:

    Guess Perez passed his physical Hope an MRI was included. If he is ok, that is hone helluva bullpen we have put together. He faded last year, so, maybe we just wear him out in the first half, and then bring up the young arms. Or maybe we use the young arms for Price.

    • Bob says:

      Actually his ERA soared in the last 2 games of the year when he got blitzed and his ERA rose .90 in two games because his pitches were ripped by the batters. That is ok because the Dodgers think really HIGH on him. Honeycutt believes that he can fix the sloppy delivery by sketching out a special workout program as opposed to a canned program. By the time spring training rolls around Perez will be zoned into the dodger Way and will be pitching tall, his pitches will lite up the speed gun, and they will say that had not faded during the season. And each time the Dodgers win a game he will serve flame-broiled munchies and sloppy Joes to all.

  24. Watford Dodger says:

    I like the addition of Jamie Wright and thought we missed a long man last year but I have to agree with you Badger & Bob – a trade is brewing. I wonder if Kershaw has given them the “heads up” that he wants to explore Free Agency next year and maybe while a stellar pitcher is available (Price), Ned is going to make play for him. Hope I’m wrong but just a nagging doubt why a deal hasn’t been done if Kershaw likes it so much in LA? Got to be a pitcher as I don’t think we are gonna be in for Tanaka & we seem to be set with our positional players. I can see us trading away Withrow plus a couple of the potential starters – maybe Lee & Stripling. I’m not big on that though – would rather keep the live young arms & build from within. As a club we do seem top heavy with pitching though.
    Either way the pen looks great.

    • Bob says:

      Something has got to happen in order to create balance in the prospect pipeline. Of the 11 pitchers on the 40 man roster that are projected to be in the minors next year only two have become slightly marginal. However of the 5 position players that are on the 40 man roster, 4 of which should never be on the Dodger 25 man roster, only Gordon has a real change. The Dodgers still need 1-2 bench players on the 25 man roster and 3-4 better position player prospects in the minor leagues on the 40 man roster.

      I love the plan to fill out the 40 man roster as Stage One of the winter upgrade process. However, now Phase 2 needs to kick in where the Dodger improve the major league bench, and improve the depth of position players in the minor leagues. The future is great and Ned is doing a good job, except maybe for the amount of money that he is spending, retooling for 2014. I anticipate a few more signings after the New Year, and hopefully a few trades.

      Players that I can see traded or DFA’d because the Dodgers need a few upgrades:

      Guerra
      Elbert
      Buss
      Baxter
      Sellers

  25. Quasimodo says:

    Howdy friends, love what’s mostly positive feelings about the club we’re commenting on. If its not clear to everyone that any and all the rough parts of this diamond will be dealt with, then you can only be happy if you’re disgruntled. There are no problems, there’s only solutions which are getting check off the list with a quickness. I mean really, does anyone see in their minds eye a better team? I thought not! Cheers!

  26. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    I would take Elbert off that list of players that have to be DFA’d or traded. Because he’s coming off TJ, it may well be that he could be placed on the 60-day DL to remove him from the 40-man at the beginning of the season. When I posted that list of 9 potential bullpen pieces above, I probably should have added Elbert to make it ten. And of course there’s also Beckett and Billingsley, either or both of which could end up in the pen.

    But as I suggested, with that surplus it’s entirely possible that a deal or two or more could be in the cards. I’m not in the least bit worried about the lack of a reliable middle infielder that can play short. There are more than a few of those guys out there, and if they perceive the need, I am confident that the Dodgers have identified them. And I’m also confident that Dee Gordon can be a superlative piece off the bench, both as a backup infielder and outfielder. I am probably in the minority on this, but I still believe he can hit, and I’ve been encouraged by his improved ability to get on base. And, of course, there are still some unsigned Cubans out there, including, I believe, a coupe of infielders with shortstop experience.

    As I noted above in my earlier post, I’ll withhold judgment until it all plays out. I don’t know what the Dodgers are going to do, but I am confident that they just won’t sit on their hands and do nothing. Things could happen soon, or it could take months.

  27. Michael says:

    Masahiro Tanaka, come on down. “Lets Make a Deal”

    Will we or won’t we.

    Merry Christmas

  28. Badger says:

    Thought this would happen.

    Cubs may outbid everybody, but where is the best place for him??

    LA.

  29. Quasimodo says:

    One of the things I’m really looking forward to is Bills. I’ve always seen him as a better talent than even he himself believed. His biggest weakness had been his confidence falling with runners on base. After 2012 AllStar break his whole attitude had changed. He had swag. And he was lights out but sadly after 6 games his arm was out too. With so much successful results from TJ surgery, what ain’t there to be hopeful for? Besides, he can also swing a bat.

  30. Bobby says:

    Now the fun will begin!

  31. Badger says:

    Yeah, fun for some. But there are about 26 teams who don’t have a shot. It’s the usual players at this table.

    I have similar feelings about Bills Quas. We are all pulling for him. I am also very curious about Beckett. If he is healed, he could step right back into the picture. What a staff if both those guys get back. Wow. This team has the potential to have a shutdown staff like none ever seen. And we are trying to get better every day.

  32. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    I too have the same feelings about Bills. And even with our current crowded bullpen, I also seen him as a possible pen piece. I can still picture some of those 97 mph fastballs he was throwing when he spent some time in the pen in 2007.

    And I too am curious about Beckett, especially since he will only turn 34 in 2014. And if the Dodgers add Tanaka, maybe BOTH Bills and Beckett go to the pen. Maybe the Dodgers will carry 17 pitchers, 5 starters and 12 relievers (SMILE!!!!!). With Bills and Elbert coming off TJ surgery, both will likely open the season on the DL, maybe the 60 day DL.

    And if the Dodgers sign a utility infielder, I want this guy.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VftKkUbrL88

  33. Badger says:

    Fun guy. Can’t hit worth a lick but sounds like he would be a great teammate.

  34. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Despite his low BA, Munenori Kawasaki looks like a guy that gets on base. Hit .229 with Blue Jays in 2013, but had OBP of .326. Also spent a brief time in AAA in 2013, where he hit .250 but had .400 OBP. He recently signed a minor league deal with Toronto.

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2013/12/blue-jays-r

    He also stole 7 bases in 8 attempts, and I suspect that he’s probably a fundamentally sound player. Probably a good bunter and solid defensively. So while I realize the odds of him ending up in LA are probably astronomical, I get the feeling that he’d be a nice pickup, and a definite plus in the clubhouse.

    • Badger says:

      Yeah, I read that too, and I agree he would be an asset. We don’t necessarily need a bench guy that hits big. Play some D, get on base at a reasonable rate and keep the team loose would be huge. He just signed a minor league contract so he could be had. What would give for him?

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