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Dodgers Add to Front Office, Hire Jim Hickey

Jim Hickey, a long-time pitching coach for the Rays and Cubs, has joined the Dodgers’ front office

ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 7: Jim Hickey #48 of the Tampa Bay Rays runs after making a visit to the mound during the game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 7, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Robert Huskey/Angels Baseball LP/Getty Images)

The Dodgers have reportedly hired former Tampa Bay Rays and Chicago Cubs pitching coach Jim Hickey to fill the role of special assistant to the player development sector for the front office, according to Marc Topkin of Tampa Bay Times.

Hickey most recently worked as the pitching coach for the Chicago Cubs under the direction of GM Theo Epstein, but stepped down in November 2018 for ‘personal reasons’.

In the Cubs’ lone season under Hickey, Chicago ranked second in the National League in ERA (3.65). Their bullpen in 2018 also posted the best ERA in baseball (3.35).

Hickey has been a Major League Baseball pitching coach for 15 seasons, including six with the Tampa Bay Rays who the Dodgers start up a two-game series with this evening.

He should fill some sort of niche role with the Dodgers front office, quite possibly in a pitching development advisor capacity.

Hickey should be an excellent addition to the development staff due to his large body of work at the major league level and his proven track record of success.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics and Broadcast Journalism dual major at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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  1. Daniel,

    Keep up the good work.
    I am a big Dodger fan who has now
    lived in the the OC
    now going on 10 years close by
    Lasorda Field in Yorba Linda.

    My daughter starts college in Long
    Island New York jmthis Fall and will be going to her 1st Mets game in September.

    • Thank you very much, sir! Tell your daughter I said good luck and to make sure she gets herself a warm winter coat!

  2. I am sure our newest addition to the FO will do a commendable job. However, I would rather have seen the money spent on Craig Kimbrell, who might win us a few games in relief. Go Blue!!

    • BLUE LOU! Earlier I posted the fact that Freidman, back in his old stomping grounds in TB would come away with at least one transaction, a player or otherwise. But correct, I would have rather seen them spend $$ on the BP, and while I realize there are young arms within, they do not have PS or even regular MLB experience yet.

      • I agree with you 100%, AZUL!!!! For the immediate present, and with Baez banged up, Kelly doing little, Floro shaky, that money might have been used to augment our BP. Go Blue!!!!

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