PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks named Matt Herges as pitching coach.
Herges, 49, recently completed his second season as bullpen coach with the San Francisco Giants and 28th overall in professional baseball. He will be the first person to both play and be the pitching coach for the D-backs and the 10th coach overall, joining Jay Bell, Henry Blanco, Mike Fetters, Mark Grace, Andy Green, Robby Hammock, Eric Hinske, Turner Ward and Matt Williams.
Prior to joining the Giants’ staff in 2018, he spent 7 seasons in the Dodgers’ Minor League system (2011-17), serving as pitching coach for Triple-A Oklahoma City (‘16-17), Double-A Tulsa (’15), Single-A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga (’12-14) and Rookie AZL Dodgers (’11), where he helped develop RHP Pedro Báez, RHP Walker Buehler, RHP Ross Stripling and LHP Julio Urías. In his 7 seasons as Minor League pitching coach, his staffs led their respective leagues in strikeouts 4 times (2011, ‘15-17) and ranked in the Top-3 in ERA on 5 occasions (‘11, ’14-17).
Herges, who resides in Scottsdale, Ariz., pitched 11 seasons in the Major Leagues, going 43-35 with 34 saves and a 3.91 ERA in 567 games (4 starts) with the Dodgers (1999-2001), Expos (‘02), Padres (’03), Giants (’03-05), D-backs (’05), Marlins (’06), Rockies (’07-09) and Indians (’09). He and Steve Finley are the only 2 players to have played in the Majors for each of the 5 current NL West teams.
Herges was teammates with Mike Fetters, D-backs bullpen coach, with the Dodgers in 2001, and made 11 appearances for Triple-A Columbus in the Indians’ organization in 2009, a club managed by Torey Lovullo.