Dodgers to Announce Coaching Staff

The Dodgers will unveil their new coaching staff today and the Los Angeles Times reports that former Dodgers Eddie Murray (hitting coach), Mariano Duncan (first base coach), Manny Mota and Rick Honeycutt (pitching coach) will be part of it. Others include Rich Donnelly (third base coach), Dave Jauss (bench coach) and Dan Warthen (bullpen coach). Only Mota and bullpen catcher Rob Flippo return from last year's staff.

And the injury bug is not finished with the Dodgers.

Shortstop Rafael Furcal will undergo arthroscopic right knee surgery. Furcal, 28, will have a slight tear in the cartilage near the back of the knee repaired at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Center.

The Staff
Murray was offered the job as hitting coach and is apparently still considering the offer. If the Hall of Fame slugger accepts, new Manager Grady Little's staff will be complete.

In addition, Jerry Royster will return as manager at Las Vegas, and John Shoemaker will be back at double-A Jacksonville. Former Dodger players Ken Howell and Steve Yeager have been promoted to coaching positions at Las Vegas, replacing Duncan and Roger McDowell, who recently became the Atlanta Brave pitching coach.

Murray, 49, was voted into the Hall of Fame on the first ballot in 2002. A switch-hitting first baseman and one of three players in history with 500 home runs (504) and 3,000 hits (3,255). He was an eight-time All-Star and a three-time Gold Glove winner.

He spent 12 years with the Orioles, then was traded to the Dodgers before the 1989 season and played three years in Los Angeles. In 1990 he nearly won the National League batting title, posting a .330 average and losing the championship when Willie McGee of St. Louis was traded to the American League in August and his .335 average stood the rest of the season.

He was a hitting coach with Cleveland from 2002 until 2005 and was Baltimore's bench coach in 1998 and 1999 and first base and outfield coach in 2000 and 2001.

Mariano Duncan has been a Dodger minor league hitting coach the last two years at Las Vegas. Duncan, 42, opened his Major League career in Los Angeles in 1985, jumping from AA San Antonio into the Opening Day lineup after injuries felled 2B Steve Sax and backup SS Bob Bailor.

He was third in Rookie of the Year voting, but found himself back in the minors AAA Albuquerque in 1988.

He was traded to Cincinnati in 1989 with Tim Leary for Kal Daniels and Lenny Harris, and went on to make three World Series appearances, with Cincinnati, Philadelphia and the Yankees. He also played in Philadelphia and with Toronto.

Honeycutt, 51, logged 19 seasons as a Major League pitcher with six organizations. He was drafted in 1976 by Pittsburgh, traded to Seattle and reached the Major Leagues by 1977.

He won the American League ERA title in 1983, working enough innings to qualify before an Aug. 19 trade to the Dodgers for Dave Stewart. He pitched four seasons in Los Angeles before being traded by general manager Fred Claire to the Oakland A's for Tim Belcher on Aug. 29, 1987.

Honeycutt appeared in three World Series to go with six League Championship Series appearances and the two All-Star teams. He retired in 1997 with a 109-143 record, 3.72 ERA and 797 appearances.

Donnelly, 59, has been a major league coach for 25 years, the last three with the Milwaukee Brewers. Donnelly was third base over the past 11 seasons, the last three in Milwaukee. He also managed 10 seasons in the Texas Rangers farm system.

A left-handed hitting catcher, Donnelly played four Minor League seasons in the Minnesota Twins system.

Jauss, 48, who has held a variety of positions with the Boston Red Sox and Montreal Expos and has had a long friendship with Little, will be bench coach.

He was the Red Sox first base coach and outfield instructor and field coordinator for two seasons. He also coached and managed in the Minor League system of Montreal and was coordinator of Minor League instruction for Baltimore.

Former San Diego Padre and Seattle Mariner pitching coach Dan Warthen will be the bullpen coach.

Warthen, 53, had been the pitching coach for the New York Mets' Triple-A affiliate at Norfolk. He was a Major League pitching coach with the Seattle Mariners (1992), San Diego Padres (1996-1997) and Detroit Tigers (1999-2002), and has also spent time with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies organizations.

He pitched in the Major Leagues for parts of four seasons with the Montreal Expos, Philadelphia Phillies and Houston Astros, compiling a record of 12-21 and a 4.31 ERA in 83 games.

Furcal to have minor surgery
Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said the procedure on Furcal will be minor. Furcal is expected to recover fully in two to three weeks and should be ready when spring training opens, Colletti said.

A slight tear in the medial cartilage near the back of the knee will be repaired at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Center.

The surgery is scheduled for today(Wednesday) in Los Angeles.

The Dodgers were apparently aware of the problem when they signed Furcal on Dec. 7 at baseball's winter meetings.

"It bothered him last season and he had it drained a few times. But it gave us no concern,'' Colletti said during a conference call. "We knew there was a possibility he would need a little cleanup on it at some point in time.''

HOF Voting Dodger stars Tommy John, Steve Garvey and Orel Hershiser all came up short in the 2005 Hall of Fame voting announced Tuesday. John finished eighth with almost 30 percent of the vote and Garvey collected 26 per cent.

To be selected, a player must get 75 percent of the votes cast.

Hershiser, in his first year of eligibility, was 14th with 11 percent. John Wetteland, who collected only four votes, was dropped from the ballot as were 12 other players.

The results:
2005 Hall of Fame Voting

Player                 votes  pct.
Bruce Sutter           400 (76.9%)

Not Elected
Jim Rice               337 (64.8%)
Rich "Goose" Gossage   336 (64.6%)
Andre Dawson           317 (61.0%) 
Bert Blyleven          277 (53.3%) 

Lee Smith              234 (45.0%) 
Jack Morris            214 (41.2%) 
Tommy John             154 (29.6%)  
Steve Garvey           135 (26.0%) 
Alan Trammell           92 (17.7%)
Dave Parker             76 (14.4%) 
Dave Concepcion         65 (12.5%) 
Don Mattingly           64 (12.3%) 
Orel Hershiser          58 (11.2%) 
Dale Murphy             56 (10.8%) 
Albert Belle            40 (7.7%) 

Dropped from ballot
Will Clark              23 (4.4%)
Dwight Gooden           17 (3.3%)
Willie McGee            12 (2.3%)
Hal Morris               5 (1.0%)
Ozzie Guillen            5 (1.0%)
Gary Gaetti              4 (0.8%)
ohn Wetteland            4 (0.8%)
Rick Aguilera            3 (0.6%)
Doug Jones               2 (0.2%)
Greg Jefferies           2 (0.4%)
Walt Weiss               1 (0.2%)
Gary DiSarcina           0
Alex Fernandez           0 
Dodger Blue Notes--In apparent deference to the fact celebrated closer Eric Gagne is a potential free agent next winter, the Dodgers are believed to have talked to Tampa Bay officials about Danys Baez, who had a career-high 41 saves for the Devil Rays last season. But those talks have been preliminary in nature, and acquiring Baez probably would cost the Dodgers at least one of their prized prospects. …The Dodgers will lose their second-round pick to Atlanta for signing Furcal and their third-round pick to Boston for signing Bill Mueller. But the Dodgers are in line to receive a compensation pick from the club that signs pitcher Jeff Weaver. …Cleveland agreed to terms with OF Todd Hollandsworth on a minor league contract and the Mets named Gary Carter as manager of the St. Lucie Mets in the Florida State League.