Wallach New Hitting Coach

Five-time All-Star Tim Wallach, the former Montreal Expo and Dodger third baseman, has been hired as Dodger hitting coach.

"We are very pleased to be able to add such a well respected baseball man to our coaching staff," said Dodger Executive Vice President and General Manager, Paul DePodesta. "I know that Jim Tracy and the rest of his staff are happy to welcome Tim back to the Dodgers."

The 46-year-old Wallach was a big league third baseman for 17 seasons, playing with Montreal from 1980-92 and the Dodgers from 1993-96. He finished the 1996 season with the Angels before retiring. He slugged 260 home runs with 1,125 RBI. The three-time Gold Glove-winning third baseman and five-time All-Star is the Montreal Expos' all-time leader in games, at-bats, hits, doubles and RBI.

"Tim is a quality baseball man and a quality human being," said Tracy. "I am excited about him joining us and working with our ballplayers. Tim possesses a great deal of hitting knowledge and he will be a great addition to our staff."

After retiring from playing in 1996, Wallach served as the Dodgers' Single-A San Bernardino team's hitting coach in 1997 season, before being named manager at San Bernardino for the final two and a half months of the 1998 season. In 2000, Wallach returned to his alma mater Cal State Fullerton as a coach and in 2001, he was the manager at Anaheim's Single-A Rancho Cucamonga affiliate.