Dodgers announce 2014 minor league coaching staffs
The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced 2014 coaching staffs for their top six minor league affiliates.
Each club will have a new manager, as Damon Berryhill, Razor Shines and P.J. Forbes were promoted within the organization to manage Triple-A Albuquerque, Double-A Chattanooga and Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, respectively, while Bill Haselman (Single-A Great Lakes) and Lee Tinsley (Rookie-advanced Ogden) join the Dodger organization. John Shoemaker will take the reins of the Rookie-level AZL Dodgers for his 21st season as a minor league manager.
Berryhill takes over as Triple-A Albuquerque manager following five seasons, including four playoff appearances, with Rookie-advanced Ogden. Berryhill, a Laguna Beach native, began his managing career with Texas' Single-A Bakersfield club in 2008 and has a 269-250 record (.518) as a minor league manager following 10 big league seasons as a catcher with the Cubs (1987-91), Braves (1991-93), Red Sox (1994), Reds (1995) and Giants (1997). The club's coaches will both return, as pitching coach Glenn Dishman enters his fourth year with Albuquerque (10th with Dodger organization) and hitting coach Franklin Stubbs will begin his second season with the Isotopes (sixth season with the organization).
Shines, who managed Single-A Great Lakes last year, will take the helm at Double-A Chattanooga for his 10th season as a minor league manager. Shines has managed four clubs to the postseason during his career, including two league titles, and has spent three seasons on Major League staffs as a base coach with the White Sox (2007) and Mets (2009-10). Scott Radinsky will serve as the Lookouts' pitching coach after spending the 2013 season in the same position at Rookie-advanced Ogden. Radinsky pitched in the Majors for 11 seasons, including a stint in Los Angeles from 1996-98. Shawn Wooten joins the Dodger organization as the Lookouts' hitting coach following four years coaching in the San Diego chain, including two seasons as manager of Single-A Lake Elsinore, one season managing Single-A Fort Wayne and serving as the hitting coach with Short-Season Eugene in 2010 in his coaching debut. Wooten played six Major League seasons with Anaheim (2000-03), Philadelphia (2004) and Boston (2005) as a catcher, first baseman and third baseman.
Forbes will manage Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, after leading the Rookie-level AZL Dodgers to a 34-22 record and an Arizona League Central division title last season. The 2014 season will mark Forbes' second season in the Dodger organization and 11th season as a minor league manager following 13 professional seasons as an infielder. Former Dodger Matt Herges is back for a third consecutive campaign as the Quakes' pitching coach and hitting coach Mike Eylward will begin his first season with Rancho Cucamonga and second with the organization after spending last year as the hitting coach for Single-A Great Lakes.
Haselman will join the Dodger organization as the Loons' skipper after piloting the Single-A Inland Empire 66ers in the Angels' organization in 2012 and 2013. Prior to his stint with the 66ers, Haselman managed Single-A Bakersfield (Texas) in the California League in 2010. The New Jersey native and UCLA product was a first round draft pick of the Rangers (23rd overall) in 1987 and went on to play 13 big league seasons with the Rangers (1990, 1998, 2000-02), Mariners (1992-94), Red Sox (1995-97, 2003) and Tigers (1998). Haselman hi .259 in 589 career games and following his playing career became the Red Sox first base (2004, 2006) and bullpen (2005) coach. The 47-year-old caught Roger Clemens' second 20-strikeout performance against the Tigers in 1996. Bill Simas returns for his fourth year in the organization and second season as the Loons' pitching coach, after his staff paced the Midwest League in strikeouts with 1,113. Hitting coach Johnny Washington is returning for his sixth season as a minor league coach and first with the Loons. Washington was the Single-A Rancho Cucamonga hitting coach in 2012 and 2013.
Rookie-level Ogden will be piloted by Tinsley, who will be making his debut in the Dodger organization after spending the last three seasons as the Cubs' outfield/baserunning coordinator. The Kentucky native will also serve as the Co-coordinator of Arizona Instruction. Tinsley boasts 13 years of coaching experience, including Major League coaching stints with Arizona and Seattle. That followed a 14-year playing career that included five Major League seasons with Seattle (1993, 1997), Boston (1994-96) and Philadelphia (1996). After signing with the Dodgers as a minor league instructor on June 1, Greg Sabat will take the reins as the Raptors' pitching coach. Sabat previously served as the pitching coach with the Gulf Coast Tigers in Detroit's organization for 15 seasons. Hitting coach Leo Garcia is returning for a sixth season in the organization and his second with Ogden in 2014.
Shoemaker will manage the Rookie-level Arizona League Dodgers after serving as the Coordinator of Arizona Instruction last season. Shoemaker has been a player, coach, manager or coordinator in the Dodger organization since 1977, compiling a 1,258-1,230 (.506) managerial record and winning Southern League championships with Double-A Jacksonville in 2001 (co-champions) and 2005 and also a Single-A South Atlantic League crown with Savannah in 1996. Hector Berrios will return for a fourth season in the organization, as he was named the Arizona League Dodgers' pitching coach after spending last season as the pitching coach for Double-A Chattanooga. Henry Cruz will take over as hitting coach, which will be his third season as a hitting coach in the organization (Ogden in 2007 and Inland Empire in 2008). Cruz was the Coordinator of Campo Las Palmas in the Dominican Republic the last five seasons.
The Dodgers' minor league staff is listed below:
Manager: Damon Berryhill
Pitching Coach: Glenn Dishman
Hitting Coach: Franklin Stubbs
Manager: Razor Shines
Pitching Coach: Scott Radinsky
Hitting Coach: Shawn Wooten
Single-A Rancho Cucamonga:
Manager: P.J. Forbes
Pitching Coach: Matt Herges
Hitting Coach: Mike Eylward
Single-A Great Lakes:
Manager: Bill Haselman
Pitching Coach: Bill Simas
Hitting Coach: Johnny Washington
Manager: Lee Tinsley
Pitching Coach: Greg Sabat
Hitting Coach: Leo Garcia
Rookie-level AZL Dodgers:
Manager: John Shoemaker
Pitching Coach: Hector Berrios
Hitting Coach: Henry Cruz