Little Leaves Dodgers For Post With Nationals

The Dodgers have lost another member of their staff with the announcement that Scott Little, who managed Vero Beach to the playoffs for the past two seasons, has accepted a position as minor league field coordinator with the Washington Nationals.

Little has been with the Dodgers for three seasons, joining them in 2002 as manager of South Georgia in the South Atlantic League, guiding them to a 75-63 mark, second-best in the league. He moved up to Vero Beach in 2004, taking them to the second-half Eastern Division title. Overall, the Dodgers were 77-57.

This past season, the Vero Dodgers posted a 40-26 mark to win the division first-half crown by 5 1/2 games. They narrowly missed making it a sweep when they finished just 1/2 game behind Palm Beach in the second half. They then lost to the Cardinals in the division playoffs. Palm Beach went on to win the league title.

Previously, Little had spent 15 seasons in the Pittsburgh organization as a player, coach, manager, roving instructor and field coordinator. As a player he reached the big leagues in 1989 but only got into three games with the Pirates, collecting one hit in four at-bats. He was extremely versatile, playing all four infield positions, catcher and in the outfield during his career.

After his playing days ended he was a manager for the Pirates in Class A and the rookie leagues, a AA hitting instructor and served as field coordinator in 1998.

A native of East St. Louis, Ill, Little was originally drafted by the Mets in 1984 out of Mineral Area, Mo., Community College in 1984. In May, 1987, the Mets traded him to the Pirates.