Dodgers Hire Former Cub Manager Lee Elia

Diamond Leung, writing in the Riverside Press Enterprise, reports that the Dodgers have hired longtime major league coach Lee Elia as a special assistant to General Manager Ned Colletti, and the two go all the way back to the 1980s with the Cubs.

The 71-year-old former Cub manager served as a Mariners hitting coach during the 2008 season, replacing current Dodgers hitting instructor Jeff Pentland. He then became the bench coach after manager John McLaren was fired.

Colletti, who began his major league career in 1982, happened to work in the Cubs media relations department at the time.

Colletti, who recently saw Bill Lajoie resign as senior advisor and go to Pittsburgh in the same role for Neal Huntington, now has seven special assistants.

Bowa Calls The as He Sees Them Leung also writes that always outspoken Dodgers third base coach Larry Bowa voiced his opinions Sunday on Sirius XM Radio with Jody MacDonald and Rob Dibble. Here is part of what he said:

When the commenter asked for Bowa's comments on Russell Martin:

"Out of all of them, the guy that was probably -- I'm not saying he was disappointing -- but didn't have the kind of year we'd have hoped was Russell Martin. The other three guys (Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp, James Loney) did a pretty good job, but we need Russell to play the way we know he's capable of playing."

"We lost a lot. I'm going to tell you, we lost a lot of people, and we haven't really replaced anybody. I'm usually champing at the bit to go to spring training right now, and I know we got three weeks before we get down there. We need to add some players."

"If you give him a two- or three-year contract, will Manny go back to being Manny? I can't sit here and tell you, 'No he won't,' but I will say that he shocked me on the behavior that he had with us the last two and a half months."

"Ethier beats himself up. He kills himself. If he goes 0 for 3, he wants to rip everything. I mean, I like him being that wrapped up in the game, but sometimes it harms him a little bit. If he hits a ball hard right at somebody, it's almost like, 'Oh, why'd he catch it?' You try to tell him that guys are being paid to get you out. But this guy's got tremendous upside. He's got a chance to hit 35 home runs."

"Matt Kemp's doing everything on just natural ability. He needs to do a little more film work as far as pitchers' moves to first base. He's got to learn what pitchers are trying to do him.

"He's got to make some adjustments at the plate. He struck out a lot of times last year. But again, his upside is tremendous. This is another guy that can hit 35 home runs. He steals 20 to 25 bases, but it's just on pure speed. It's not on reading pitchers. It's not what the pitcher does so I can extra step here."

"Jonathan Broxton's got to learn how to utilize that pitch count and get a guy out on a fastball away that's maybe not 98, but maybe 94. He's got that hard-hard-harder attitude still, but that comes with experience."

Other Notes
-- Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt is recovering from offseason surgery to repair a torn biceps tendon in his left arm that was originally hurt from his playing days. Honeycutt is out of a sling and recently attended Jeff Kent's retirement press conference while in town helping with the team's Winter Development Program. -- Hitting coach Don Mattingly was also quoted at Joe Torre's Safe at Home Foundation event, maintaining that he was interested in managing and also saying, "I'd like to see a little more intensity on the field. It's a little too laid-back. I like the East Coast style a little better on the field."