Roy Smith Resigns in Front Office Shuffle

The hierarcy that controls the Dodgers below the major league level now undergoes another reshuffling with the resignation of Roy Smith. His departure follows closely that of Terry Collins, who left his job as director of player development to accept a managering position in Japan.

However, Smith, whose title was vice-president of player development and scouting, didn't leave because of another more tempting offer in another sector. Rather, he decided it was time to go after a talk with General Manager Ned Colletti about his future with the club.

Although Smith described the discussion as amicable, it had become apparent that his job had become superflous. In fact, the Dodgers might not replace him at all but rather hand assignments to others already in the organization.

His leaving means a trio that had controlled a good part of the Dodgers is no more. He had been hired by then general manager Paul DePodesta two years ago and was a major figure in DePodesta's plans for the club's future. Those plans had included the appointment of Collins as the team's manager to replace Jim Tracy.

However, DePodesta was swept out, Colletti came in, Collins resumed his role in the minors and Smith found himself with less and less to do.

For instance,although he was listed as the vice-president of scouting, Logan White, the director of amateur scouting, never reported to him at all but was in complete control of his area. When Rene Francisco, the international scouting director left, Smith did assume some of his duties for awhile but when scouting in the Dominican Republic became something of a bog, Ralph Avila was asked to come out of semi-retirement to pull the team out of that.

Acey Kohrogi stayed in control of Asian operations and when he wanted to sign Tadeshi Saito, went to White to do it. And it was White who recently was sent to Japan to scout prospective free agents there, not Smith.

With Collins gone, Smith could have assumed much of his duties but it was apparent he wasn't going to be asked to do so. The club is currently conducting internal interviews for his position or, more correctly, positions, for Collins was both the director of development and field coordinator.

So far, Jacksonville manager John Shoemaker and Chris Haydock, the coordinator of minor league operations, have been interviewed. At least one individual from outside the organization, will also be interviewed.

Smith joined the Dodgers after serving as assistant general manager of the Pirates for six years. The 44-year-old pitched for eight seasons in the major leagues with the Indians, Twins and Orioles before joining the Pirates as a scout in 1994.

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