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01/10/2006 7:43 PM ET
Dodgers announce 2006 coaching staff
Three former Dodgers, including Hall of Famer Eddie Murray, join veteran staff of instructors
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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers announced their Major League coaching staff for 2006, according to Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti and Manager Grady Little. The staff will include Hall of Fame first baseman and former Dodger Eddie Murray, who will take over as the hitting coach; former Dodgers left-hander and 21-year big league veteran Rick Honeycutt, who will serve as the pitching coach; former Dodgers infielder Mariano Duncan as the first-base coach; former Major League coach and advance scout Dave Jauss, who has been named as the bench coach; longtime Major League coach Rich Donnelly, who will be the third-base coach; and former big league pitcher Dan Warthen, who will serve as the bullpen coach. Additionally, Manny Mota returns for his 27th season as a Dodgers coach, the longest tenure in club history, while bullpen catcher Rob Flippo will also be back for his fifth season.

"This coaching staff combines a tremendous amount of Major League playing, coaching and scouting experience and will provide incredible support for the organization and its players," said Little. "I feel fortunate to be able to surround myself with some of the more talented coaches in the game who know what it takes to win."

The seven coaches have a combined 77 years of Major League playing experience, including 26 years in a Dodgers uniform. The group also has 65 years of big league coaching experience.

Murray, 49, is one of 20 members of the 500-home run club and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003. In 21 big league seasons, the switch-hitter posted a .287 career batting average with 504 home runs and 1,917 RBI. He played for Los Angeles from 1989-1991 and again in 1997 before retiring at the age of 41. The Los Angeles native has spent the past four seasons as the hitting coach for Cleveland, which saw an improvement from a .249 average with 192 homers and 739 runs scored in his first season (2002) to a .271 mark with 207 home runs and 790 runs scored in 2005, when the Indians had the fifth-best average and scored the fourth-most runs in the American League. Prior to joining Cleveland, Murray was on the Major League coaching staff of the Orioles from 1998-2001.

Honeycutt, 51, pitched 21 seasons in the Major Leagues, including five with the Dodgers (1983-87) and appeared in 797 games, the 33rd-highest total in big league history. His teams reached the postseason seven times, including one World Series winner (1989) and two pennant winners (1988, 1990) with Oakland. Honeycutt, who has spent the past four seasons as the Dodgers Minor League pitching coordinator, led the American League in ERA in 1983 while earning a spot on the All-Star team.

Duncan, 42, saw action at all four infield positions and in the outfield during his 12-year Major League career. He played four seasons with the Dodgers (1985-87, 1989) and earned National League All-Star honors with the Phillies in 1994. A member of two World Championship teams -- the 1990 Reds and 1996 Yankees -- Duncan spent last season as a coach at Triple-A Las Vegas following one year coaching stints with the Gulf Coast League Dodgers and Double-A Jacksonville Suns in 2003 and 2004, respectively.

Donnelly, 59, enters his 25th season as a Major League coach, having spent the past three seasons as the third-base coach for the Milwaukee Brewers. He has also served as a coach for the Rangers (1980, 1983-85), Pirates (1986-96), Marlins (1997-98) and Rockies (1999-2002), helping Florida to the 1997 World Championship. The native of Ohio also spent 10 seasons managing in the Rangers' Minor League system and was the Western Carolina League's Manager of the Year from 1972-74.

Jauss, 48, has spent the past three seasons as a Major League Advance Scout for the Red Sox, which included their World Series title in 2004. Previously, he served as the director of player development for the Red Sox in 2002 and as the club's Minor League field coordinator in 2000-01. Jauss was Boston's first-base coach from 1997-99 when Little was the bench coach. He managed for three seasons in the Minors, compiling a 188-151 (.555) mark and also in the Dominican Republic, where he led Licey to the Caribbean Series title in 1999. The Illinois native has previously served as a Minor League coach in the Montreal Expos' organization.

Warthen, 53, has been a Major League coach with three teams, most recently as the pitching coach for the Detroit Tigers from 1999-2002. He was in the same role with the Padres from 1996-97 and the Mariners in 1992 following one season as the club's bullpen coach. The former Major League pitcher has spent the last three seasons in the Mets' organization, serving as a pitching coach for Triple-A Norfolk for the past two seasons after one year in that capacity for Class A St. Lucie. The Nebraska native pitched for the Expos (1975-77), Phillies (1977) and Astros (1978), appearing in 83 games while posting a 4.31 career ERA.

Mota, 67, enters his 27th season as a coach with the Dodgers and 37th overall in the organization after a playing career that spanned 13 seasons from 1969-1982. His tenure as a coach is the longest in Los Angeles Dodgers history and he is one of the Dodgers' most dedicated members in the community, having recently been honored at Los Angeles City Hall for his work locally and in his native Dominican Republic through the work of the Manny Mota International Foundation. He batted .304 during a 20-year Major League career and was the all-time pinch-hit record holder when he retired at the end of the 1982 season.

Flippo, 38, will begin his fifth season as the club's bullpen catcher after spending the 2001 season with the organization's Class A club in Wilmington. He has previously served as an assistant coach at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (1998-2001) and at Fresno State University (1996) after playing in the Dodgers' Minor League system from 1989-90.

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