Shoemaker, in his 35th season in the Dodger organization as a player, coach, manager or coordinator, during his 18 years as a manager in the organization has a won-lost record of 1156-1124, a .507 winning percentage, good enough for fourth place on the all-time charts. He trails only Stan Wasiak with 2,075 wins, Clay Bryant (1.,338) and Don LeJohn (1,241).
Great Lakes is considered one of the most important affiliates for the Dodgers because many of the previous year's top draft picks end up spending all or part of the season there.
With former Loons manager Juan Bustabad (who has won 516 games over his 10 years in the organization), being promoted to advanced Class A Inland Empire after guiding the club to a over-all minor league-best 90-49 regular season record in 2010 before losing to Lake County in the Midwest League finals, DeJon Watson, the Dodgers' assistant general manager for player development, felt Shoemaker was the obvious choice. Former Dodgers infielder and Major League all-time pinch-hitting leader Lenny Harris, who served as Shoemaker's hitting coordinator at Camelback Ranch the past two seasons, will join him as hitting coach at Great Lakes.
"I wanted to make sure we had the right guy going to Midland, because that is one of our key areas," Watson said. "We wanted to make sure we had a really sound teacher there."
Minor League Pitching Coordinator Rafael Chaves and Outfield/Baserunning Coordinator Rodney McCray will return for their third and fourth seasons, respectively, in their current positions and Eric Owens will replace Clines as the organization's hitting coordinator. Owens spent the past five seasons as a coach in the Angels' minor league system as a roving outfield, baserunning and bunting coordinator (2009-10), Double-A Arkansas hitting coach (2008) and Single-A Cedar Rapids hitting coach (2006-07) after a nine-year Major League career.
Infield Coordinator Matt Martin and Catching Coordinator Travis Barbary will both enter their fifth seasons in their respective positions with the Dodger organization. Henry Cruz will return as Campo Las Palmas Director and Antonio Bautista will again serve as the Dodgers' Field Coordinator at Campo Las Palmas.
As also previously reported, former big league outfielder Eric Owens is joining the organization at minor league hitting coordinator, with both pitching coordinator Rafael Chaves and outfield/baserunning coordinator Rodney McCray returning. Owens replaces Gene Clines, who is being moved up to senior advisor for player development, which in Clines' case is really more of a special-assignment hitting coach's role. Another important fixture, former Dodgers knuckleballer Charlie Hough, is moving from Inland Empire pitching coach to a role similar to that of Clines on the pitching side.
Jody Reed, whose 11-year career as a major league infielder included a season with the Dodgers in 1993, is joining the organization after four seasons as a coach in the Yankeee' minor league system. Reed will become head of summer operations at the Dodgers' spring training facility in Glendale, Ariz., meaning he will coordinate all instruction at extended spring training, in the Arizona Rookie League and in the fall instructional league. Reed also will manage the Rookie League team.
Lorenzo Bundy will enter his second stint as the manager of the Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate after compiling a 141-146 record as the manager of Triple-A Las Vegas from 2007-08. Bundy managed the Rookie-level Arizona League Dodgers to a 30-25 (.545) mark in 2010 and will be joined in Albuquerque by Pitching Coach Glenn Dishman, who served on Bundy's staff with the AZL Dodgers last year in his sixth season with the organization. John Valentin will enter his fourth season with the Dodger organization and serve as Albuquerque's hitting coach after one season in the same position with Double-A Chattanooga.
Bundy's Triple-A staff will consist of pitching coach Glenn Dishman and hitting coach John Valentin. Carlos Subero returns for a second year as manager at Double-A Chattanooga, with former Dodgers first baseman Franklin Stubbs as his hitting coach and Chuck Crim as pitching coach. Damon Berryhill will manage the advanced Rookie League team in Ogden, Utah, which, like the Arizona League club, will begin play after the June draft.
Carlos Subero will return for a third season with the Dodger organization and a second year as manager of Double-A Chattanooga after leading the team to a 65-74 mark last year. He will be joined in Chattanooga by two new coaches: Hitting Coach Franklin Stubbs will move up to Double-A after two seasons at Single-A Inland Empire and Chuck Crim will be the club's new pitching coach after leading the Single-A Great Lakes pitching staff to a Midwest League-best 3.44 team ERA in 2010, which was his second year coaching and fourth overall season in the Dodger organization.
Rancho Cucamonga will debut as the Dodgers' affiliate in the Single-A California League under Manager Juan Bustabad, who won Single-A Midwest League "Manager of the Year" honors by leading Great Lakes to a Minor League-best 90-49 record last year in his third season as the Loons' manager and 11th year as a member of the Dodger organization. Hitting Coach Michael Boughton will also make the jump from Great Lakes after two years as the Loons' hitting coach. Boughton's teams have qualified for the playoffs in each of his three seasons as a hitting coach with the Dodger organization (2008 with Ogden, 2009-10 with Great Lakes).
Pitching Coach Hector Berrios will join the Dodger organization after 13 years of coaching in the Blue Jays' (1998-2002) and Mets' (2003-10) minor league systems, serving as the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Mets pitching coach in 2010. Berrios spent part of the 1992 season in the Dodgers' system, going 1-2 with a 4.38 ERA in 15 games for Triple-A Albuquerque, and went 31-25 with a 3.90 ERA in eight minor league seasons.
Damon Berryhill will return for a third season as manager for Rookie-advanced Ogden after leading the club to its second-straight playoff berth and a franchise-record 44 wins in 2010. Johnny Washington returns for a third season as hitting coach after the Raptors posted a Pioneer League-best .298 team batting average in 2010. Pitching Coach Bill Simas will begin his coaching career after compiling an 18-19 record and a 3.83 ERA in 308 games over six Major League seasons with the White Sox from 1995-2000. Simas spent the 2003 season in the Dodgers' minor league system, going a combined 4-0 with a 2.31 ERA in 27 games (four starts) with Triple-A Las Vegas and the Rookie-level GCL Dodgers.
Jody Reed will have Matt Herges as his pitching coach in Arizona, starting his coaching career with the same organization that signed him as an amateur free agent in 1992. The right-hander made his big league debut with the Dodgers in 1999 and compiled a 20-13 record with a 3.38 ERA in 151 games (four starts) during his three seasons with the club. Herges pitched for eight teams during his 11 seasons in the Majors, going 43-35 with a 3.91 ERA in 567 games (four starts).
Pedro Mega returns for his fifth season as manager of the Dominican Summer League Dodgers with Esteban Lopez as the hitting coach and Alejandro Pena returning as the pitching coach. Ramon Martinez will return for a second season as a roving guest instructor for the Dominican Summer League Dodgers after compiling a 123-77 record in 11 seasons as a pitcher with Los Angeles. The 42-year-old Martinez ranks seventh on the club's all-time wins list and is sixth on the Dodger all-time strikeout list with 1,312. Jose D. Hernandez will be the catching coach for the DSL Dodgers and Rafael Ozuna will return as an assistant coach.
After spending the previous three seasons as the pitching coach for Triple-A Albuquerque, Jim Slaton will replace the retired George Culver as the Dodgers' pitching coach at Camelback Ranch – Glendale. Specifically, Slaton will be responsible for overseeing the pitchers in Arizona, Ogden and the Dominican Republic. Daisuke Yamashita will return for a third season with the Dodger organization as a coach at Camelback Ranch and first as the club's Exchange Program Instructor.
The complete minor league staff: Field Coordinator: Bruce Hines Senior Advisor, Player Development: P.J. Carey, Gene Clines, Charlie Hough Hitting Coordinator: Eric Owens Pitching Coordinator: Rafael Chaves Outfield/Baserunning Coordinator: Rodney McCray Infield Coordinator: Matt Martin Catching Coordinator: Travis Barbary Campo Las Palmas Coordinator: Henry Cruz Field Coordinator, Campo Las Palmas: Antonio Bautista Triple-A Albuquerque: Manager: Lorenzo Bundy Hitting Coach: John Valentin Pitching Coach: Glenn Dishman Double-A Chattanooga: Manager: Carlos Subero Hitting Coach: Franklin Stubbs Pitching Coach: Chuck Crim Single-A Rancho Cucamonga: Manager: Juan Bustabad Hitting Coach: Michael Boughton Pitching Coach: Hector Berrios Single-A Great Lakes: Manager: John Shoemaker Hitting Coach: Lenny Harris Pitching Coach: Kremlin Martinez Rookie-advanced Ogden: Manager: Damon Berryhill Hitting Coach: Johnny Washington Pitching Coach: Bill Simas Rookie-level Arizona League Dodgers: Manager/Camelback Ranch and Coordinator of Instruction: Jody Reed Hitting Coach: Leo Garcia Pitching Coach: Matt Herges Rookie-level Dominican Summer League Dodgers: Manager: Pedro Mega Hitting Coach: Esteban Lopez Pitching Coach: Alejandro Pena Roving Guest Instructor: Ramon Martinez Catching Coach: Jose D. Hernandez Assistant Coach: Rafael Ozuna Camelback Ranch – Glendale: Camelback Ranch Pitching Coach: Jim Slaton Coach/Exchange Program Instructor: Daisuke Yamashita