Changes Coming in Player Development

The Dodgers recently lost a good man in former Florida Marlins manager John Boles who before that did an excellent job in Player Development for the Marlins. He reportedly was miffed at not being consulted regarding the trade for Brad Penny of the Marlins with whom he was very familiar with. Boles' position was Senior Advisor to the General Manager. There are rumors that Boles may join Bill Bavasi, General Manager of the Seattle Mariners.

It looks like the Scouting Department could have some changes. Jeff Schugel and Mark Weidermaier both Special Assistants to the General Manager (DePodesta) have been given permission to seek other employment. And also Matt Slater the Director of Professional Scouting was also given the go ahead to look elsewhere at job openings. On the other hand Logan White, Director Amateur Scouting will be back. I haven't heard any word as to Don Welke a Senior Scouting Advisor.

Terry Collins current Minor League Field Coordinator is reportedly going to become the Director of Player Development, Bavasi's old job, which has been filled jointly by Collins and Asst. G.M. Kim Ng since Bavasi left. Collins however has been interviewed for the Mets' Manager's position which is probably holding up his promotion.

The Dodgers have an opening for a Manager at their AAA farm team, the Las Vegas 51s. They recently fired Terry Kennedy. Their AA Manager at Jacksonville is Dino Ebel who has been with the organization since 1988 when he played in their minor league system. He could move up to AAA. Checking the lower echelons, Scott Little was Manager at High A farm team, Vero Beach last season and they won the second half title in the Florida State League but lost out in the playoffs. Nothing has been hinted or said about the managers in the lower minors. Dann Bilardello managed Low A Columbus and Travis Barbary ran the Ogden Rookie League team. Overall the Dodger farm system did not have a banner year in 2004 with only one of their eight teams making the playoffs. (includes two in the Dominican).

DePodesta has indicated he would like to get his "team" in place by the General Managers Meetings down in Key Biscayne, Fla. next month.

Meanwhile we're still waiting for the World Series and ten days after the crowning of the new World Champion, the Free Agent shopping season begins.