Following an off-season filled with coaching and front office departures, the Dodgers announced the full and now complete 2019 coaching staff.
Dave Roberts – Manager (fourth season)
Bob Geren – Bench Coach (fourth season)
Rick Honeycutt – Pitching Coach (14th season)
Robert Van Scoyoc – Hitting Coach (first season)
Brant Brown –Hitting Strategist (second season)
George Lombard – First Base Coach (fourth season)
Dino Ebel – Third Base Coach (first season)
Mark Prior – Bullpen Coach (second season)
Aaron Bates – Assistant Hitting Coach (first season)
Chris Gimenez – Game Planning Coach (first season)
New additions to the coaching staff include Hitting Coach Robert Van Scoyoc, Third Base Coach Dino Ebel, Assistant Hitting Coach Aaron Bates, and Game Planning Coach Chris Gimenez. These four will join the already existing coaches in Dave Roberts, Bob Geren, Rick Honeycutt, Brant Brown, George Lombard, and Mark Prior.
Dino Ebel, Third Base Coach
Dino Ebel has been coaching professional baseball since the early 90’s. Before his time as a coach, Ebel spent 6 seasons as a player in the Dodgers organization. Dino then made his way to the Angels, playing his role as both third base coach (2006-2014, 2018) and the bench coach (2005, 2015-2017). The Dodgers will now welcome Dino back to the organization, but this time as the third base coach.
Robert Van Scoyoc, Hitting Coach
Robert Van Scoyoc will be taking the place of Turner Ward after his departure to Cincinnati earlier this month. Van Scocoy, (pronounced scoy-ak), will be the youngest coach in Major League Baseball at the age of 32. As mentioned in a previous article, Van Scoyoc has worked with hitters such as J.D. Martinez and current Dodger Chris Taylor. Van Scoyoc previously spent time in the Diamondbacks organization as their hitting strategist.
Aaron Bates, Assistant Hitting Coach
Alongside coach Van Scoyoc will be Aaron Bates, now Assistant Hitting Coach for the Dodgers. Bates, just two years older than Van Scoyoc, began his coaching career in the Dodgers organization with the AZL-Dodgers back in 2015. He made his way through the organization, making stops at Arizona and Michigan. This will be Bates first season as a part of a big league club.
Chris Gimenez, Game Planning Coach
Former big-leaguer and now first year Dodgers Game Planning Coach will join the staff along with the others. Gimenez 10-year MLB veteran, playing with Indians, Twins, Rangers, Rays, Mariners, and Cubs. He has made his way around the league as a player and will now begin his coaching career in Dodger blue. Gimenez hit .218 life-time along with 24 home runs in his ten years as a big-leaguer.
Correction…… I did suck at baseball! https://t.co/CeJpm9Tabm
— Chris Gimenez (@ChrisGimenez5) November 21, 2018
Chris Gimenez: a winner on the field and on social media. It looks like Chris has already made some fans on Twitter as well.
Now that the dust has settled and the coaching staff is locked and loaded, we can now look forward to Spring Training. These four new additions to the Dodgers are all great hires. All four have had plenty of baseball experience, whether it be a 10-year playing career, or a 20-year coaching career.
With the winter meetings shortly approaching, the attention has been shifted back to the hot stove. The big name free agents are still available and now that the coaches are set, keep watch for moves to be made.
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