Dodgers Announce 2006 Minor League Staff

The Dodgers have finally announced their minor league staff for the 2006 season and it will definitely have a big league look as former major league players and coaches dot the list.

Dodgers Name Minor League Staff for 2006 Bill Robinson, who played 16 years in the bigtime and who was last hitting coach for the Florida Marlins as well as the Mets before that, will serve as organizational hitting instructor. The pitching instructor will be Marty Reed, who's served seven years in the Dodger system as a coach including 2005 at Vero Beach.

Former Dodger Dave Anderson returns for a second season as the roving infield instructor while Jon Debus, who was bullpen coach in Los Angeles last year, returns to his post as the catching instructor for the minors. That job had been left vacant last year.

As had been previously learned, Jerry Royster returns to the position as Las Vegas manager with Steve Yeager and Kenny Howell both moving up from Jacksonville to serve as hitting and pitching coaches respectively.

John Shoemaker, who led Jacksonville to the Southern League championship and the unofficial title of Minor League Team of the Year, will again pilot the Suns. His new coaches will be Mike Easler for hitting and Danny Darwin for pitching. Easler, known as the "Hitman" in his playing days , is a former major league outfielder and coach while Darwin toiled 21 years as a big league pitcher.

Luis Espinoza, who played and coached for 13 seasons in the big leagues and who managed the Gulf Coast Dodgers for the past three years, has been confirmed as manager of Vero Beach. Ramon Ortiz, who served as hitting coach under Salazar last year, moves up with him as hitting coach with Glenn Dishman, another former big leaguer, promoted from Columbus to handle the pitching.

Onetime Dodger bullpen catcher Travis Barbary will be back for his second year as manager at Columbus with the former Dodger Garey Ingram returning for his third season as batting coach. Ingram is a native of that Georgia city. Dishman will be replaced by Richie Lewis, who pitched in the big leagues from 1992 through 1998.

Longtime big league catcher Lance Parrish, as expected, is the new manager at Ogden. Parrish was a coach for the Detroit Tigers previously. Former Dodger star Bob Welch is the pitching coach for a second season with the batting coach yet to be announced.

Juan Bustabad, who managed Ogden into the playoffs in 2005, has been switched to the post with the Gulf Coast Dodgers. This will be his 10th year as either a manager or coach in the organization. Mac Singleton is back for his third year in the organization and second as hitting coach for that team and will be joined by Tarrik Brock, who played for Jacksonville two seasons ago and who played 13 games for the Chicago Cubs in 2000. Hector Eduardo has been moved up from the Dominican League to coach the pitchers.

Antonio Bautista, who's been a member of the Dodger organization since 1987, will be in his 10th season as a manager in the Dominican Summer League when he leads the Santo Domingo club again. He'll have Jose Mejia (batting) and Kremlin Martinez (pitching) as his coaches.

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