Hendrick Leaves Dodgers For Tampa Bay

The Dodgers have lost another key member of their minor league organization with the announcement that George Hendrick will be joining the Tampa Bay Devil Rays as a major league coach.

Hendrick has been part of the Dodgers for the past three seaons, first becoming hitting coach for Las Vegas in 2003. When Jack Clark was dismissed from a similar positon with the parent Dodgers, Hendrick assumed his duties on an interim basis for the final two montrhs of that season.

He returned to Las Vegas in 2004, then became the organizational hitting instructor this past season. As such he roved the system, working with hitters at all levels.

Hendrick was a major league outfielder for 18 years, playing for six different teams during that span. A four-time All-Star, he had a .279 lifetime average while hitting 267 home runs. He was in two World Series, with Oakland in 1972 and St. Louis in 1982.

He becomes the third person to leave the system in the past two months. Scott Little, who had managed Vero Beach, was named minor league field coordinator by Pittsburgh while Roger McDowell, who had been pitching coach at Las Vegas, was named as Leo Mazzone's replacement in that capacity for the Atlanta Braves.