Minors Staff Slots Being Filled

Now that the major league coaching staff is just about complete, the Dodgers are busy setting up their minor league staff for the season as well.

Jerry Royster, who managed Las Vegas last season, is set to return as the head man for the 51's this year as well. However, he'll have a new staff working with him because pitching coach Roger McDowell is replacing Leo Mazzone in a similar capacity with the Atlanta Braves and batting coach Mariano Duncan is slated to be promoted to the Dodgers.

Thus, Steve Yeager, who handled the batting chores, and Kenny Howell, who tutored the pitchers at Jacksonville in 2005 will be promoted to Las Vegas for those jobs. John Shoemaker, who piloted Jacksonville to the Southern League championship in 2005, will again be the manager for that team.

In addition, a published report in Detroit, says that Lance Parrish has accepted the role as manager of Ogden, the Dodger affiliate in the rookie Pioneer League. Parrish had been a coach under Alan Trammell with the Tigers but was dropped as were all Tiger coaches when Trammell was dismissed.

This will actually be Parrish's third stint in the Dodger organization. A veteran of 18 years as a major league catcher, he also played for Albuquerque, a Dodger farm team then, toward the end of his career in 1993. He later served as a coach with San Antonio in 1997-98.