Bob Welch, who etched his name in the Dodger memory book with his epic duel with Reggie Jackson in game two of the 1977 World Series and who went on to win the Cy Young Award with the Oakland A's in 1990 , has been named pitching coach for Ogden in the Pioneer League. Former catcher Steve Yeager is back again as well, this time as batting coach for Jacksonville of the Southern League.
Onetime infielder Dave Anderson, who had been serving as the head coach of the University of Memphis for the past four seasons, returns as the roving infield instructor. That position had formerly been held by Jerry Royster , who becomes the manager at Las Vegas of the Pacific Coast League, the top Dodger farm team.
Rick Honeycutt , who previously had shared organizational pitching coach duties with Mark Brewer, takes over sole responsibility in that position . Brewer's contract was not renewed.
Three former Dodger players make up the field staff at Las Vegas. Taking over the reins as manager is Jerry Royster, a Major League infielder for 16 seasons, including his first three with the Dodgers (1973-75). Royster, the Dodgers' minor league infield coordinator the past two seasons, managed the Milwaukee Brewers in 2002 from April 18 through the end of the season after serving as a big league coach with the Brewers (2000-02) and Colorado Rockies (1993). He previously managed in the Dodger system for four seasons (1989-92) and was the skipper from 1996-98 at Las Vegas, when it was a San Diego Padres affiliate.
Mariano Duncan, a 12-year Major Leaguer and a Dodger for five seasons (1985-89), moves up from Jacksonville to be a coach with Las Vegas. Back as the 51s pitching coach is Roger McDowell, who spent four (1991-94) of his 12 big league campaigns with the Dodgers.
John Shoemaker, a member of the Dodger minor league system since 1977 and a manager for 14 seasons, will return to the managerial ranks as the Jacksonville field general after serving as the organization's Assistant Field Coordinator last season. In 2003, he guided Las Vegas to a 76-66 record. In 2001, he piloted Jacksonville to a Southern League co-championship and he was at the helm in 1996 when Savannah captured the South Atlantic League title.
Joining Yeager on the Jacksonville staff is pitching coach Ken Howell, who has served in the same capacity for Single-A Vero Beach the past three seasons. Howell pitched five (1984-88) of his seven Major League seasons with the Dodgers.
Scott Little returns for his fourth season as a Dodger minor league manager and his third at Vero Beach. In 2004, Little's Dodgers posted a 77-57 overall record and earned a Florida State League playoff berth by winning the Eastern Division second-half crown. He led Single-A South Georgia to a 75-63 overall mark in 2002.
Dan Radison, a former Major League coach with the Chicago Cubs, joins the Dodger system as a coach at Vero Beach. Marty Reed, the pitching coach the past three seasons at Jacksonville, assumes the same role at Vero Beach.
Travis Barbary, the Dodgers' Major League bullpen catcher for four seasons (1998-2001), moves up to manage Single-A Columbus after two seasons as the skipper of Rookie-level Ogden, which he guided to a playoff berth in 2003. Barbary was the hitting coach at Single-A South Georgia in 2002.
Garey Ingram, who played in parts of three seasons with the Dodgers (1994-95, 97), is back as a coach with Columbus. A newcomer to the Dodger organization is pitching coach Glenn Dishman, a Major League pitcher for three seasons (1995-97).
Juan Bustabad, a coach at Vero Beach last season and with Ogden in 2003, has been named as Ogden's manager. In three previous seasons as a Dodger minor league skipper, he posted a 155-116 mark, guiding Vero Beach to a 72-63 record in 2002, the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Dodgers (41-19) to a division title in 2001 and Rookie-level Great Falls (42-34) to the Pioneer League finals in 2000. His overall managerial record is 372-287, which includes five seasons in the Florida Marlins organization.
Former Major Leaguer Luis Salazar will be back for a fourth season as manager of the Gulf Coast League Dodgers, who were 31-29 last season. In 2002, Salazar guided the Dodgers to an East Division championship with a 33-27 mark.
Mac Singleton, a coach at Ogden last season, will be a coach for the GCL Dodgers along with Ramon Ortiz, who coached in the Tampa Bay organization the past six seasons. Back for a fourth season as the GCL Dodgers pitching coach is George Culver, who pitched one season (1973) with the Dodgers as part of a 13-year big league career.
Managing the Dodgers' entries in the Dominican Summer League will be Antonio Bautista (Santo Domingo 1) and Jose Mejia (Santo Domingo 2). Bautista has compiled a 356-199 record in nine seasons as a Dodger skipper in the DSL.
Following are the Dodger minor league staff assignments for the 2005 season:
Pitching Coordinator: Rick Honeycutt
Hitting Coordinator: George Hendrick
Infield Coordinator: Dave Anderson
Strength and Conditioning: Doug Jarrow
Physical Therapist: David Rivera
Director of Campo Las Palmas: Eleodoro Arias
Field Coordinator, Campo Las Palmas: Victor Baez
Infield Coordinator, Campo Las Palmas: Pedro Mega
Training Coordinator, Campo Las Palmas: Martin Berroa
Strength Coordinator, Campo Las Palmas: Jose Rosario
The team by team list :
LAS VEGAS : Manager- Royster. Coaches- Roger McDowell (pitching); Mariano Duncan (hitting).
JACKSONVILLE : Manager- John Shoemaker. Coaches- Kenny Howell (pitching); Yeager (hitting).
VERO BEACH: Manager- Scott Little. Coaches - Marty Reed (pitching ); Dan Radison (batting).
COLUMBUS : Manager- Travis Barbary. Coaches- Glenn Dishman (pitching); Garey Ingram (batting).
OGDEN: Manager- Juan Bustabad. Coaches- Welch (pitching).
GULF COAST : Manager -Luis Salazar. Coaches- George Culver (pitching ); Mac Singleton, Ramon Ortiz (batting).