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Dodgers announce staff assignments for 2008 Minor League season
01/02/2008 5:32 PM ET
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have announced minor league field staffing assignments for the 2008 season with four former Major Leaguers joining more than 20 returning coaches, according to Dodger Assistant General Manager of Player Development De Jon Watson.

"We're extremely excited to have these quality veteran coaches, not just with Major League playing experience, but also a wealth of coaching experience," said Watson. "This group will be able to enhance the players' skill set from level to level and we can't wait to see our solid young talent base matched with the coaches assembled here."

The new coaches with big league playing experience that will join the Dodger organization this season are Mike Brumley, who spent parts of eight big league campaigns with six different clubs, Rodney McCray, who played for the White Sox and Mets during the early 1990s, Jim Slaton, a former All-Star pitcher, who recorded 151 career wins and John Valentin, who had a career batting average of .279 in 11 seasons for the Red Sox and Mets.

The Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas will be managed for the second straight season by Lorenzo Bundy, who went 67-77 in 2007 after spending the previous four years coaching in the Diamondbacks' farm system. He has managed six seasons in the Montreal and Florida organizations, including a Gulf Coast League Southern Division title in 1990 and has also managed in the Mexican Winter League, where he was twice named Manager of the Year.

Slaton comes to the Dodgers and will serve as Las Vegas' pitching coach after spending the last three seasons as the bullpen coach for the Seattle Mariners. The former pitcher spent 16 seasons in the Major Leagues with Milwaukee (1971-77, '79-83), Detroit (1978, '86) and California (1984-86), earning 151 wins and a spot on the 1977 American League All-Star team. The Long Beach native starred for Antelope Valley High School and attended Antelope Valley Junior College. Before working on the Major League level for the Mariners, Slaton spent 13 seasons as a pitching coach in the Seattle, Chicago (NL) and Oakland organizations.

Mike Easler rounds out the 51s' coaching roster, returning for his second consecutive season in Las Vegas and his third in the Dodger organization as the hitting coach.

Longtime Dodger minor league manager John Shoemaker returns for his fourth consecutive season at the helm of Double-A Jacksonville and 18th campaign as a minor league manager. He has been a member of the Dodgers' farm system since 1977 and picked up his 1,000th career victory as a minor league skipper in 2006. Returning as his hitting coach is former Major Leaguer Luis Salazar, while former big league hurler Glen Dishman moves up from the Single-A Great Lakes Loons and begins his fourth season in the Dodger organization as a pitching coach.

Dave Collins, who skippered the Single-A Inland Empire 66ers to a playoff berth in his first season with the club will return for a second campaign. Collins will be joined by former Dodger hurler Charlie Hough as the pitching coach and former big league infielder John Valentin, who becomes the new hitting coach.

Valentin played 10 seasons in Boston (1992-2001), before finishing out his career in 2002 with the New York Mets. The New York native won the AL Silver Slugger Award at shortstop in 1995, hitting .298 with 27 homers, 102 RBI and 20 stolen bases. Valentin was clutch in the postseason, batting .347 with five home runs and 19 RBI in four playoff series, while also hitting for the cycle and turning an unassisted triple play in his career.

The Dodgers' Single-A affiliate in Michigan, the Great Lakes Loons, will be managed by Juan Bustabad, who piloted the Gulf Coast Dodgers to 72-37 (.661) record the last two seasons. Garey Ingram will return as the hitting coach and Danny Darwin, who last year was in Jacksonville, will handle the pitching coach duties.

Brumley, who was an infielder with six different teams from 1987-95 will be the Assistant Field Coordinator as well as the new manager of the Single-A Ogden Raptors. Brumley spent the last three seasons as the minor league field coordinator for the Texas Rangers and before that was a manger for four years in the Angels' organization with Double-A Arkansas (one year) and Triple-A Salt Lake (three years). Joining Brumley will be pitching coach Craig Bjornson and hitting coach Henry Cruz, both of whom served in the same role for Ogden in 2007.

In the Gulf Coast League, Jeff Carter with be at the helm of the Dodgers, returning for his second consecutive season in the organization. Last year, Carter managed the Ogden club. Former Dodger minor league pitcher Casey Deskins returns for another season in Vero Beach and first year coach Kenny Dominguez rounds out the staff. Dominguez was most recently the hitting coach for the Williamsport Crosscutters in the Single-A New York Penn League, a Phillies' affiliate.

P.J. Carey is set to begin his second season as the Dodgers' minor league field coordinator. Carey has managed for 23 seasons in the minor leagues, including 12 with the Colorado organization. He served as the Rockies' Major League bullpen coach in 1997 and has earned his league's Manager of the Year honors in 1998, 2000 and 2005.

Marty Reed will return as the Dodgers' minor league pitching coordinator for the third consecutive season while Travis Barbary will begin his second season as the organization's catching coordinator and Matt Martin will do the same as the Infield Coordinator.

In addition to Brumley's recent playing experience, former Major League outfielder McCray will join the organization and serve as the outfield/base running coordinator, a position held by Gene Clines last season. Although he did not sign, the Detroit native was drafted by the Dodgers in 1983 after playing at Los Angeles' University High, West L.A. Junior College and Santa Monica Junior College. McCray is best known for running straight through the outfield wall in pursuit of a fly ball while playing for the Vancouver Canadians of the Pacific Coast League in 1991. The video clip of his crash has become one of the most famous sports blooper highlights of all-time.

Clines will return and work as the Minor League hitting coordinator. The longtime coach has been on Major League coaching staffs with Houston, Seattle, Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee and San Francisco.

Greg Harrel will be return for his second season as the trainer at Triple-A Las Vegas and first as athletic training coordinator while Carlos Olivas (Jacksonville), Yosuke Nakajima (Inland Empire), Dan Christoffer (Great Lakes) and Peter Hite (Ogden) will fill out the rest of the training staff. The trainer for the Gulf Coast League Dodgers is to be decided and David Rivera will serve as the organization's rehab coordinator.

The strength and conditioning coaches for 2008, whose assignments will be decided at a later date, include Trevor Dorian, Steven Downey, Ed Kohl and Matt Soale. Landon Brandes will serve as the Gulf Coast League strength coach as well as the minor league strength and conditioning coordinator.

Following are the Dodger minor league staff assignments for the 2008 season:

  Las Vegas (AAA) Jacksonville (AA) Inland Empire (A)
Manager Lorenzo Bundy John Shoemaker Dave Collins
Hitting Coach Mike Easler Luis Salazar John Valentin
Pitching Coach Jim Slaton Glen Dishman Charlie Hough
Trainer Greg Harrel Carlos Olivas Yosuke Nakajima
Strength Coach TBA TBA TBA
  Great Lakes (A) Ogden (R) Gulf Coast (R)
Manager Juan Bustabad Mike Brumley Jeff Carter
Hitting Coach Garey Ingram Henry Cruz Kenny Dominguez
Pitching Coach Danny Darwin Craig Bjornson Casey Deskins
Trainer Dan Christoffer Peter Hite TBA
Strength Coach TBA TBA Landon Brandes

Field Coordinator: PJ Carey
Assistant Field Coordinator: Mike Brumley
Pitching Coordinator: Marty Reed
Hitting Coordinator: Gene Clines
Infield Coordinator: Matt Martin
Outfield/Base running Coordinator: Rodney McCray
Catching Coordinator: Travis Barbary
Athletic Training Coordinator: Greg Harrel
Rehab Coordinator: David Rivera

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