John Moses Named Hitting Coach Las Vegas

Jim Gemma of the Las Vegas 51s reports that Dodgers' Assistant General Manager of Player Development De Jon Watson announced that John Moses has been named the hitting coach for the Las Vegas 51s. Moses was hired to replace Mike Easler who was promoted to the Dodgers as hitting coach on Jan. 22. Easler, former National League All-Star, was the hitting coach for the 51s last season.

He will replace Don Mattingly on Joe Torre's staff as Mattingly will shift to the role of Major League Special Assignment Coach for the 2008 season.

Moses joins the 51s coaching staff that includes second-year manager Lorenzo Bundy and first-year pitching coach Jim Slaton.

Moses enters his first season as hitting coach with Triple-A Las Vegas and as a member of the Dodgers organization. Last season, Moses began the year as the Seattle Mariners' left-handed batting practice pitcher before serving as the interim first base and outfield coach when manager Mike Hargrove resigned from his post in early July.

He has spent a total of 13 seasons with Seattle and Cincinnati organizations. He served as first base coach for the Reds in 2006 and began the 2005 campaign as the Reds minor league outfield and base running coordinator and was then named bench coach on the big league club on June 23 when Jerry Narron was named interim manager.

Prior to joining the Cincinnati organization, Moses spent 11 seasons with the Mariners, most recently as minor league outfield and base running coordinator in 2004. From 2000-03, he was the first base coach for the Mariners. He also worked as a Mariners advance scout in 1999 and spent five years (1994-98) as Mariners administrative coach, where he threw left-handed batting practice, worked as bunting coach and assisted with base running and outfield duties.

The Los Angeles native played 11 seasons in the Major Leagues with Seattle (1982-87, 1992), Minnesota (1989-90) and Detroit (1991). He appeared in 769 career games and batted .254 (438-for-1,723) with 145 RBI and 101 stolen bases. He was originally selected by Seattle in the 16th round of the June 1980 First-Year Player Draft.

He singled in his first major league at-bat against Detroit in 1982. He spent his first full season in the Majors in 1986 and batted .256 in 103 games with 25 stolen bases and batted a career-high .316 in 105 games with Minnesota in 1988.

He is a graduate of Western High School in Anaheim and attended Golden West Junior College (1975-77). He captained the 1980 NCAA World Series champion, the University of Arizona.

The 51s open their 26th season in the Silver State on Thursday, April 3 against the Salt Lake Bees at 7:05 p.m. at Cashman Field.

Dodger Blue at San Berdoo
Dodgers fans have spoken and the 66ers are listening. As the Inland Empire 66ers enter their second season as the Los Angeles advanced "A" affiliate, the Dodgers of tomorrow will be thinking blue while wearing it.

The 66ers have released their new 2008 batting practice jerseys that will also be used as an alternate road jersey. The front of the jerseys will be a solid blue with the 66ers logo on the upper left side.

The back of the jersey will have a sewn on patch of the American flag and a minor league baseball logo patch. The numbers will be a silver color and the corners will be rounded off.

The Dodgers, who have sported one shade of blue or another for most of their existence, have even experimented with other colors. For example, in 1901 Brooklyn had white jerseys with red socks and a red "B" on their top.

Also, in 1937 Brooklyn tried a color that was unthinkable for that time period: green, tan and white.

Inland Empire will get back into the swing of things on April 3rd as they host the Visalia Oaks. 66ers mini plans and season tickets are on sale now.

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