Dave Collins Named Manager for Inland Empire

While one man named Collins has left the Dodger organization, another is joining it. Terry Collins, who had been director of player development for the Los Angeles system, has gone to Japan to manage Orix but Dave Collins (no relation) is coming in as manager of Inland Empire.

The team, known as the 66ers (for the route where jazz fans have gotten their kicks over the years) is located in the L.A. suburb of San Bernardino so the Dodgers have brought two old favorites for fans there with the selection of Charley Hough as pitching coach and Steve Yeager as batting coach to aid this Collins.

Dave Collins, a veteran of 16 years as a major league outfielder, had been the first base coach for the Colorado Rockies for three seasons before resigning that position at the end of this past season. During his extensive major league career, he compiled a lifetime average of .272 while stealing 395 bases.

He's also managed in the minors, leading Salem to the title in the high A Carolina league in 2001 before being promoted to the Colorado coaching staff.

Hough will be returning to the Dodgers again, having been a player and coach in the system previously. He was the pitching coach for the Fullerton Flyers in the independent Golden League in 2006.

He previously served in the same capacity for the San Bernardino Stampede in 1996 through 1998 when it was a Dodger farm team. That year he was promoted to become the Dodger pitching coach when manager Bill Russell and most of his staff were fired in mid-season. He served as such through 1999, then went to the Mets in 2001-02.

Known for his knuckle ball, Hough spent 25 years as a major league pitcher beginning with the Dodgers from 1970 through 1980.

Yeager, the former Dodger catcher, was the hitting coach with the Stampede in 1999. This past year he coached at Las Vegas and the previous season was with Jacksonville.

Inland Empire has joined the Dodgers as their high A affiliate, replacing Vero Beach which was dropped. Collins becomes the third manager named for the upcoming season, along with Lorenzo Bundy at Las Vegas and Lance Parrish at Great Lakes. Managers for Jacksonville, Ogden and the Gulf Coast Dodgers have yet to be announced.

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