Two More Considered to Head Farm System

The number of candidates to succeed Terry Collins as the Dodger director of player development doubled as they reached outside the organization to interview two new applicants.

Marc DelPiano, currently a special assignment scout for the Boston Red Sox who before that was the farm director for the Marlins, and DeJon Watson, director of professional scouting for the Indians who had been the scouting director for the Reds, have joined John Shoemaker and Chris Haydock as possibilties for the job left open when Collins resigned to become managerof the Orix Buffaloes in Japan.

Shoemaker has been in the Dodger organization since 1977 variously as a player, manager, coach, instructor and coordinator. He currently is the manager of Jacksonville and , as such, has twice been named Southern League Manager of the Year. Haydock has been an assistant to Collins and is the coordinator of minor league operations.

Sources indicate that DelPiano may have become the leading candidate. In 2003 it was he who convinced Marlins management that Miguel Cabrera, then only 20, was big league ready when many doubted that. Cabrera came up and was a vital factor as the Marlins went on the win the World Series.

However, the Dodgers have not ruled out interviewing still other candidates.

LA Dodgers Insider Top Stories