Dodgers To Switch Salazar, Bustabad

The Dodgers continue to fill out their minor league staffs with the switching of two managerial positions the expected next moves.

With Scott Little having accepted the post of minor league field coordinator for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Luis Salazar will be moved up from the Gulf Coast Dodgers to become the manager at Vero Beach and with Lance Parrish joining the organization as manager at Ogden, Juan Bustabad will be assigned to replace Salazar with the Gulf Coast entry.

Salazar managed the GCL Dodgers for four seasons starting in 2002 when he led the team to the East Division title. A veteran of 13 years as a big league infielder, he was with the Milwaukee Brewers organization as a minor league manager and coach and in 2001 was the first base coach for the big league Brewers.

Bustabad, who was the first pick in the country by the Boston Red Sox in the January 1980 draft, has been in the Dodger organization for nine seasons overall, and last year managed Ogden to the first half division championship.

A native of Havana, Cuba, who now lives in Florida, he led the GCL Dodgers to the division title and the playoff finals in 2001 and took Great Falls into the Pioneer League finals in 2000.

In addition, Bob Welch will return for his second season as pitching coach for Ogden. Welch, the first-round draft choice of the Dodgers in 1977, will always be remembered for one of the World Series most dramatic moments when, as a rookie in 1978, he struck out Reggie Jackson.

He went on to win 211 big league games, 115 of those with the Dodgers and was the Cy Young Award winner for Oakland in 1990.

However, a replacement will have to be found for George Culver, who after four seasons as the Gulf Coast pitching coach, will be leaving to accept a college coaching job in his native California. Culver is a nine-year big league veteran including a 1973 stint with the Dodgers and in 1968 pitching a no-hitter for Cincinnati over Philadelphia.