The Dodgers would not have gotten so far in 2017 if it weren’t for their amazing coaching staff. Dave Roberts leads the pack, of course, but the coaches in supporting roles have had just as much of an impact, such as Chris Woodward.
Chris Woodward played twelve years in the Majors with the Blue Jays, Mets, Braves, Mariners, and Red Sox. He then went on to be a minor league infield coordinator and a major league infield coach for the Seattle Mariners organization before being named the Dodgers’ third base coach in late 2015. He also managed team New Zealand in the 2017 World Baseball Classic qualification tournament. Now, he is is being interviewed to manage the New York Yankees.
Here is what he had to say about interviewing for the position, courtesy of Erik Boland of Newsday Sports:
I think I’m qualified (because of) my experience as a player, as a coach, my ability to lead. I really value culture and process and all the things that kind of separate great teams from the mediocre ones.
The opportunity to manage the Yankees…managing this team would be a dream come true. I really admire everything that this organization has done. It would be a huge honor.
You’re a fool if you don’t understand the importance of [analytics]…There’s a lot teams that use (them) but really the special sauce comes in when you’re able to actually relay it to the players. The most important aspect is the players on the field.
The communication has to be consistent and it has to be constant…I want guys in my office, I want to go around and talk to guys every day. I want to get to know these guys, know what kind of families they have. The human side of this is extremely important.
He also shouted out Dave Roberts and everything that he’s learned from coaching under him:
Woodward on what he most took from working under Dave Roberts: "the way he navigated the front office with the players" and that he was "open-minded." Woodward called Roberts "relentlessly positive" and that "he had a good way of explaining why we were doing what we were doing."
— Erik Boland (@eboland11) November 18, 2017
Losing Chris Woodward would be a huge loss to the Dodgers organization, but best of luck to him!
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