Dodgers Announce 2005 Coaching Staff

The Los Angeles Dodgers announced their coaching staff for the 2005 season today, including the addition of bullpen coach Jon Debus and the promotion of Jim Lett to bench coach, according to Dodger Executive Vice President and General Manager Paul DePodesta and manager Jim Tracy.

Jim Lett, who has served as the bullpen coach for past four seasons, will shift into the role of the bench coach for the first time in his career. Lett, who has managed for 10 seasons in the minor leagues, has guided the Dodger relief corps to consecutive stellar seasons, as Los Angeles led all Major League relievers with a 2.46 ERA in 2003 and finished second last season with a 3.06 mark.

Debus, a former player, coach and manager in the Dodger minor league system, spent the past three seasons as the organization's catching coordinator. In five seasons as a minor league skipper, he compiled a 274-270 overall mark as he guided Rookie-level Great Falls (1992-93) and Single-A Vero Beach (1994-96). His 1995 Vero Beach club posted a 74-59 overall record while his Great Falls teams posted back-to-back winning seasons. He has also served as the general manager for the Elmira Pioneers of the independent Northern League in 2000 and 2001 before returning to the Dodgers. Debus first joined the organization after being selected in the 21st round of the June 1980 amateur draft out of the College of St. Francis (IL).

Colborn, 58, returns for his fifth season as the Dodgers' pitching coach. His pitching staffs have ranked among the top four in ERA in the National League in each of the past three years, including 2003 when he guided the Major League's best pitching staff to a 3.16 mark.

Glenn Hoffman will also be back for his sixth full season as the Dodgers' third base coach and seventh as a coach in Los Angeles. He managed the Dodgers for 88 games in 1998, posting a 47-41 record, and also managed for four and a half seasons in the minor leagues for the Dodgers.

Manny Mota, the dean of the Dodger coaching staff, returns for 26th season as a coach and 36th campaign overall in the organization, including 13 seasons as a player. His tenure as a coach is the longest in Los Angeles Dodgers' history, and he begins his eighth season assisting and communicating with the Dodgers' Latin American players while coordinating all aspects of opponent charting.

John Shelby, 46, returns for his eighth season as a Major League coach with the Dodgers and sixth full year as the club's first base coach. He managed for five seasons in the minor leagues following an 11-year big league career that included four seasons with the Dodgers, highlighted by the 1988 World Championship.

Wallach, 47, enters his second season as the club's hitting coach following a rookie campaign in which he guided the team's batters to a 19-point improvement over the previous season. Dodger batters hit .262, 10th best in the National League following a league-low .243 mark in 2003. Los Angeles' hitters slugged 203 homers last year, 79 more than they hit in 2003 and the club also improved from 3.54 runs per game in 2003 to 4.65 runs per game in 2004, the third-best improvement in the Major Leagues last season.