Dave Roberts will be joined by an almost completely new coaching staff in his first-ever season as an MLB manager.

The Dodgers announced their staff Thursday officially and the only names fans will recognize from last year’s crew under Don Mattingly are Rick Honeycutt Steve Yeager.


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This, via the Dodgers’ official Twitter account.

One notable name not on the list is Gabe Kapler, who somehow went from perceived shoe-in to be the manager, to definite addition to the coaching staff and now left off completely. This doesn’t mean he will no longer be with the organization — he’ll remain the director of the farm system.

Kapler reportedly made the decision on his own accord and the Dodgers hired George Lombard to replace him as first base coach.

Another noteworthy role listed above is Juan Castro as the Quality Assurance Coach, which kind of sounds like a title for a salesperson at an up-and-coming insurance company.

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  1. DanEstrada

    “Another noteworthy role listed above is Juan Castro as the Quality Assurance Coach, which kind of sounds like a title for a salesperson at an up-and-coming insurance company”
    – Sorry Anthony, but it only sounds like that because you have no clue what Quality Assurance is or does.
    “Quality” means a lot of things to a lot of people from “quality = good”  – it doesn’t, to its true meaning that Quality means compliance with requirements. Quality Assurance is about the “things” it takes – a system – that attempts to assure that what happens/what is produced has a greater likelihood of meeting defined expectations than not.
    I’m not exactly sure how you would administer that in a baseball environment but I have ideas. Backing up plays, hitting cutoff men, working long counts, etc. There are a lot of quantifiable things that a baseball team COULD set as goals and monitor, provide feedback to coaches and players in trying to be more fundamentally solid; meaning consistently playing better “quality” baseball.
    As a career Quality professional, I applaud the attempt to think (I hate this expression) – out of the box.

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