Dodgers announce Minor League staff
Former Major Leaguers join organization as coaches
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers announced their Minor League staff assignments for 2009 on Friday, which include the addition of former Major Leaguers Lenny Harris, Aaron Sele and Damon Berryhill.
Harris, who was baseball's all-time leader in pinch-hits and Washington's Major League hitting coach this year, rejoins the organization as the senior hitting coach at the team's new complex in Glendale, Ariz. He played for the Dodgers from 1989-93. Sele, who pitched for the Dodgers in 2006, will serve as a Minor League pitching instructor. Berryhill will manage Rookie League Ogden.
Joining Harris in Glendale will be coordinator John Shoemaker and pitching coach George Culver. Shoemaker, a Dodger employee since 1977, managed Double-A Jacksonville the last four years. Culver, who pitched for the Dodgers in 1973, was a pitching coach for rookie level Gulf Coast this year.
The Triple-A staff from Las Vegas -- manager Lorenzo Bundy, hitting coach John Moses and pitching coach Jim Slaton -- moves intact to Albuquerque.
John Valentin was promoted from manager of Class A Inland Empire to Chattanooga, the new location for the Dodgers' Double-A affiliate. Replacing Valentin as manager at Inland Empire is Carlos Subero, who joins the organization after managing the White Sox Double-A Birmingham club in 2008. The other managerial change is Berryhill, who takes over at Ogden for Mike Brumley, who has been promoted to Minor League field coordinator.
P.J. Carey, who had been field coordinator, now is senior advisor to player development. Another key hire is Rafael Chaves, who replaced Marty Reed as Minor League pitching coordinator. Reed left the organization, as did coaches Garey Ingram, Craig Bjornson and Kenny Dominguez and hitting instructor Mike Easler, who spent the first half of the season as the Major League hitting coach. Chuck Crim shifts from scout to pitching coach at Rookie League Ogden and Jason Wood joins the organization as hitting coach at Class A Inland Empire.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.