12/21/2006 5:27 PM ET
Dodgers announce staff assignments for 2007 Minor League season
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have announced minor league field staffing assignments for the 2007 season with five former Dodger players among the personnel, according to De Jon Watson, Director of Player Development.
"We're excited to bring in some talented new faces to join what has become known as the best player development system in baseball," said Watson. "Everyone is ready to start working with the young kids that Logan White and his staff have brought in and keep working towards our goal of having these players ready to play at Dodger Stadium."
Among the former Dodgers rejoining the organization is 25-year Major League veteran and former All-Star Charlie Hough, who will serve as the pitching coach at Single-A Inland Empire. Hough broke into the big leagues in 1970 with Los Angeles and pitched for the team until 1980. He appeared in three World Series with the Dodgers and will be returning for his second coaching stint with the organization, having served as the pitching coach for Single-A San Bernardino from 1996-98.
Joining Hough in the Inland Empire will be former Dodger catcher Steve Yeager, who enters his fourth season as a hitting coach in the organization while the 66ers will be managed by longtime Major League player and coach Dave Collins, who joins the club after four seasons as the Colorado Rockies' first base coach. Collins enters his 29th season in professional baseball, having coached in the Major Leagues for the Rockies, Brewers, Reds and Cardinals while also managing Single-A Salem to the Carolina League championship in 2001. Collins played 16 seasons in the Major Leagues, compiling a .272 career average and 395 stolen bases with eight teams.
The Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas will be managed by Lorenzo Bundy, who joins the organization following four seasons 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.
Former Dodger Ken Howell will return for a second season as the 51s pitching coach while Mike Easler, who spent last season at Double-A Jacksonville and has served as a Major League hitting coach for five seasons, has been promoted to Las Vegas.
Longtime Dodger minor league manager John Shoemaker returns for his third consecutive season at the helm of Double-A Jacksonville and 17th campaign as a minor league manager. He has been a member of the Dodgers' farm system since 1977 and last season, he picked up his 1000th career victory as a minor league skipper. Returning as his pitching coach is former Major Leaguer Danny Darwin while Luis Salazar, who served as a manager at Single-A Vero Beach last season, will join Shoemaker's staff as the hitting coach.
The Dodgers' new Single-A affiliate in Michigan, the Great Lakes Loons, will be managed by former Major League All-Star Lance Parrish, who guided Rookie-level Ogden in 2006. Former big league pitcher Glenn Dishman returns for his third season in the organization as the Loons' pitching coach while Garey Ingram will serve as the hitting coach following four seasons at Single-A Columbus.
Single-A Ogden will be piloted by Jeff Carter, who joins the organization from the Kansas City farm system, where he managed the Royals' Single-A affiliate last season. Carter spent nine seasons as a coach in the Twins' organization prior to joining Kansas City and was named Manager of the Year in the Appalachian League in 2000 after leading Elizabethton to the championship. Joining Carter's staff at Ogden is pitching coach Craig Bjornson, who returns for his second season as pitching coach with the Raptors.
In the Gulf Coast League, Juan Bustabad returns for his second consecutive year as manager of the Dodgers while Ramon Ortiz will return as hitting coach, the position he held in 2005, following a one-year stint with the Single-A Vero Beach affiliate. The new GCL Dodger pitching coach will be former Dodger farmhand Casey Deskins, who has spent the past seven seasons as the Major League club's video coordinator. Deskins pitched for three seasons in the Dodger minor league system, reaching Double-A San Antonio in 1998.
Marty Reed and Bill Robinson will return as the Dodgers' minor league pitching and hitting coordinators, respectively, for the second consecutive season. Travis Barbary, who served as the manager at Single-A Columbus last season, will be the organization's catching coordinator and a trio of new faces will join the organization in roving capacities.
P.J. Carey, who has been named the minor league field coordinator, joins the Dodgers from the Rockies' organization, where he managed Rookie-level Casper last season. Carey has managed for 23 seasons in the minor leagues, including 12 with Colorado. 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.
Longtime Major League player and coach Gene Clines joins the Dodger organization as the outfield and baserunning coordinator following 20 seasons in the big leagues. Most recently, he served as the Cubs' hitting coach in 2006 and has also been on the Major League coaching staffs of Houston, Seattle, Milwaukee and San Francisco. Clines played 10 seasons in the Majors with the Pirates, Mets, Rangers and Cubs, posting a .277 career average while winning a World Championship with Pittsburgh in 1971.
Matt Martin joins the Dodgers as the organization's minor league infield coordinator following one season as the manager of the Gulf Coast League Yankees. He also worked for the Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers and Cincinnati Reds' organizations following a minor league playing career in the Reds' system.
Following are the Dodger minor league staff assignments for the 2007 season:
| || Las Vegas (AAA) || Jacksonville (AA) || Inland Empire (A)|
|Manager: || Lorenzo Bundy || John Shoemaker || Dave Collins|
|Hitting Coach: || Mike Easler || Luis Salazar || Steve Yeager|
|Pitching Coach: || Ken Howell || Danny Darwin || Charlie Hough|
|Trainer: || TBA || Yosuke Nakajima || Dan Christoffer|
|Strength Coach: || Mike Henriques || Trevor Dorian || Ed Kohl |
| || || || |
| || Great Lakes (A) || Ogden (R) || Gulf Coast (R)|
|Manager: || Lance Parrish || Jeff Carter || Juan Bustabad|
|Hitting Coach: || Garey Ingram || TBA || Ramon Ortiz|
|Pitching Coach: || Glenn Dishman || Craig Bjornson || Casey Deskins|
|Trainer: || Joe Fox || Peter Hite || TBA|
|Strength Coach: || Matt Soale || Stephen Downey || Landon Brandes|
|Field Coordinator: || PJ Carey |
|Pitching Coordinator: || Marty Reed|
|Hitting Coordinator: || Bill Robinson|
|Infield Coordinator: || Matt Martin|
|Outfield Coordinator: || Gene Clines|
|Catching Coordinator: || Travis Barbary|
|Strength and Conditioning|
| Landon Brandes|
|Training Coordinator: || Carlos Olivas|
|Physical Therapist: || David Rivera|