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01/24/2006 6:24 PM ET
Dodgers announce staff assignments for 2006 Minor League season
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LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Dodgers have announced minor league field staffing assignments for the 2006 season with six former Dodger players among the personnel, according to Roy Smith, Vice President of Scouting and Player Development.

"Our minor league coaches and instructors have a wide variety of experience that will continue to help our young prospects work their way to the Major Leagues," said Smith. "We're excited to bring in some very talented coaches to complement our valuable returning staff from last season."

Former Major League All-Stars Mike Easler and Lance Parrish have joined the Dodger organization, with Easler serving as the hitting coach at Double-A Jacksonville and Parrish taking over as the new manager at Rookie-level Ogden. Other newcomers to the farm system include former Major Leaguers Danny Darwin, the new pitching coach at Single-A Columbus; Bill Robinson, the new minor league hitting coordinator; Richie Lewis, who will be the pitching coach at Single-A Columbus and former Dodger farmhand Tarrik Brock, who will serve as a coach for the Gulf Coast League Dodgers.

Steve Yeager, who was a coach for the Southern League Champion Jacksonville Suns last season and played in four World Series with the Dodgers during a 15-year big league career, has been promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas. Former Dodger Ken Howell, who spent five of his seven big league seasons in Los Angeles, was also promoted and will serve as the 51s' pitching coach.

Easler, 55, posted a .293 average with 118 homers and 522 RBI in 14 seasons in the Major Leagues. He was the St. Louis Cardinals' hitting coach from 1999-2001 and served in the same capacity for the Brewers (1992) and Red Sox (1993-94). The Cleveland, OH native was a member of the 1979 World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates and served as a minor league manager and college baseball coach following his playing career.

Parrish, 49, joins the Ogden Raptors following one season as the Detroit Tigers' bullpen coach. Parrish, who spent the 2004 season as a color analyst for Tigers' television games, was a member of Detroit's coaching staff from 1999-2001. The eight-time Major League All-Star and six-time Silver Slugger Award winner also earned three Rawlings Gold Glove Awards during his 19-year career. This marks his second coaching stint in the Dodger organization, as he served as a coach for Double-A San Antonio in 1997-98 and was the interim manager for the Missions during the second half of the 1998 season.

Darwin, 50, spent 21 years as a big league pitcher, appearing in 716 games, which ranks 62nd on the all-time Major League list. He led the National League with a 2.21 ERA in 1990 when he went 11-4 for the Houston Astros. Darwin won a career-high 15 games while pitching for Boston in 1993 and finished his career with a 171-182 record.

Robinson, 62, has been a member of the Florida Marlins' coaching staff for the past four seasons, where he was the hitting coach of the 2003 World Championship team. He also served in that role for the New York Mets from 1984-89, which includes their 1986 World Championship. The 16-year Major League veteran compiled 1,127 hits, 166 home runs and 641 RBI while playing for the Braves, Yankees, Phillies and Pirates from 1966-83.

Lewis, who turns 40 tomorrow, pitched for seven seasons in the Major Leagues, appearing in 217 games from 1992-98. In his finest season, the Indiana native went 6-3 with a 3.26 ERA in 57 games for the Marlins in 1993. In 1996, he appeared in a career-high 72 games for Detroit, which ranked seventh in the American League.

Brock, 32, played 12 professional seasons, including a 13-game stint with the Chicago Cubs in 2000. His final year in the minor leagues in 2003, Brock batted .272 with 11 homers and 57 RBI for the Dodgers' Double-A affiliate in Jacksonville while also appearing in 15 games for Triple-A Las Vegas. The California native has spent the past two seasons working with the Reggie Smith Baseball Centers in Southern California.

The Dodgers' minor league pitching coordinator will be Marty Reed, who has spent the past seven seasons as a pitching coach in the Dodger organization, most recently with Single-A Vero Beach. He replaces Rick Honeycutt, who was promoted to the Major Leagues as the Dodgers' pitching coach. Former Dodger shortstop Dave Anderson returns for his second season as the Minor League infield coordinator, while Jon Debus, who served as the bullpen coach for the Dodgers' big league club last year, will take over as the minor league catching coordinator.

At Triple-A Las Vegas, Jerry Royster returns for his second season at the helm of the 51s, with Yeager and Howell serving as his coaches. The 2006 campaign marks Royster's 10th as a minor league manager and his 11th as a skipper overall, as he piloted the Milwaukee Brewers in 2002.

The Jacksonville Suns, who captured the Southern League title and were named Minor League Team of the Year by Baseball America, will be managed again by John Shoemaker, who has been a member of the Dodger organization since 1977 and will be entering his 16th season as a minor league manager. He will be joined on the coaching staff by newcomers Easler and Darwin.

Former Major Leaguer Luis Salazar, who managed the Gulf Coast League Dodgers, has been promoted to Single-A Vero Beach, where he will serve as the manager. Ramon Ortiz, who was a coach on Salazar's staff last season in his first year with the Dodger organization, will also join the Vero Beach Dodgers, while former Major League pitcher Glenn Dishman moves from Single-A Columbus to join the Dodgers' Florida State League entry.

Travis Barbary will return as the skipper of Single-A Columbus, marking his fourth season as a minor league manager. Former Dodger Garey Ingram will also return to Barbary's staff in his fourth season with the Dodgers' Single-A affiliate in Columbus along with Lewis, who will be making his coaching debut.

At Rookie-level Ogden, Parrish will be joined by former Dodger great Bob Welch, who returns for his second season with the Raptors. Welch pitched 10 of his first 17 Major League seasons with the Dodgers (1978-87), compiling a 115-86 record and playing on the World Series-winning 1981 team. He posted 211 victories over his career and earned the American League Cy Young Award in 1990, when he won 27 games for the Oakland Athletics.

In the Gulf Coast League, Juan Bustabad shifts over from Ogden for his fifth season as a Dodger minor league manager and 10th overall, having also been a field general in the Florida organization. Mac Singleton returns for his third season with the Dodgers, while Hector Eduardo moves from the club's Dominican Republic Summer League entry for his first season with the GCL Dodgers.

Managing the Dodgers' entry in the Dominican Summer League will be Antonio Bautista, while Jose Mejia and Kremlin Martinez will serve as coaches on his staff.

Following are the Dodger minor league staff assignments for the 2006 season:

 Las Vegas (AAA)Jacksonville (AA) Vero Beach (A)
Manager:Jerry RoysterJohn Shoemaker Luis Salazar
Coach: Steve Yeager Mike EaslerRamon Ortiz
Pitching Coach:Ken HowellDanny DarwinGlenn Dishman
Trainer: Jason Mahnke Tony Cordova Carlos Olivas
Strength Coach:Demathdian TateRob Francis Ed Kohl
    
 Columbus (A)Ogden (R)Gulf Coast (R)
Manager: Travis BarbaryLance ParrishJuan Bustabad
Coach:Garey IngramTBA Mac Singleton/Tarrik Brock
Pitching Coach:Richie Lewis Bob Welch Hector Eduardo
Trainer: Jason RobertsJoe Fox Yosuke Nakajima
Strength Coach: Chris Osmond TBA Landon Brandes

  Santo Domingo (R)
Manager:Antonio Bautista
Coach: Jose Mejia
Pitching Coach: Kremlin Martinez
Trainer:Jose Mota

Pitching Coordinator: Marty Reed
Hitting Coordinator: Bill Robinson
Infield Coordinator: Dave Anderson
Catching Coordinator: Jon Debus
Strength and Conditioning Coordinator: Landon Brandes
Physical Therapist: David Rivera
Advisor, Latin America, Scouting, Player Development: Ralph Avila
Director of Campo Las Palmas Facilities: Eleodoro Arias
Field Coordinator, Campo Las Palmas: Victor Baez
Infield Coordinator, Campo Las Palmas: Pedro Mega
Training Coordinator, Campo Las Palmas: Martin Berroa
Strength Coordinator, Campo Las Palmas: Jose Rosario

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