Monday, December 17, 2012

Dodgers Announce Minor League Coaching Staff

From the Dodgers -
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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