Two weeks ago the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Advanced-A affiliate, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes’ manager P.J. Forbes resigned after two seasons with the team. Because of this, the organization moved their Low Class-A affiliate, Great Lakes Loons’ manager Bill Hasselman to Rancho Cucamonga, leaving a manager vacancy for the Loons.
On Thursday, according to the Great Lakes Loons official Twitter account, the organization filled that vacancy:
— Great Lakes Loons (@greatlakesloons) February 12, 2015
Former Major League outfielder Luis Matos will become the sixth manager in Loons history.
The 36-year-old was drafted in the 10th round of the 1996 draft by the Baltimore Orioles and went on to play seven seasons in the Major Leagues (2000-2006). He hit .255 with 30 home runs in 508 career games. All but 14 were with the Orioles.
Matos, who was born in Puerto Rico, last worked as the hitting coach for Criollos de Caguas of the Puerto Rican Winter League this past season. He also managed a team of elite young prospects in Puerto Rico.
“It was a surprise, because this was going to be my first year coaching (in the U.S.), but when they asked if I wanted to manage how could I say no?” Matos said in a press release. “It’s a challenge and I like that.”
At the age of 36 Matos will become the youngest manager in the Dodgers organization. He will be joined by new hitting coach Jay Gibbons, and pitching coach Glenn Dismann, who served as the pitching coach for Triple-A Albuquerque the past four seasons.
The Looms will open their season at home on April 9 against Fort Wayne.
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