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Yet Another Dodgers Organizational Loss

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Oct 5, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; A general view of Dodger Stadium during game two of the 2018 NLDS playoff baseball series between the against the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

*This is an update to a story that ran at an earlier date*

The Dodgers have once again lost a member of the organization.

This time, assistant hitting coach Luis Ortiz was plucked from the organization by the Texas Rangers. He will become the hitting coach for new Texas manager Chris Woodward.

Ortiz was thought in some circles to be under consideration for the vacant Dodgers hitting coach position. He leaves the organization after only one season.

 

*Original story*

The Dodgers lost another member of the front office as Ehsan Bokhari has accepted a position with the Houston Astros. Bokhari has been a senior analyst in baseball operations R&D with the Dodgers since May of 2015. He now will join Houston as their Director of research and development, replacing Mike Fast.

With Bokhari [and Ortiz] leaving, that’s now an outstanding SIX  [SEVEN] members of the Dodgers’ organization departing this young off season, by my count.

The names including:

  • And minor league hitting coordinator Paco Figueroa leaving to the Philadelphia Phillies

We are still awaiting word on Dave Roberts’ bench coach Bob Geren’s status for 2019 and beyond. His name was missing from a list of field staff and coaches returning for 2019.

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Written by Clint Pasillas

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  1. This should send a clear signal to the “big cheese” in LA. The coaches and the fans DONT LIKE SYBERMETRICS ANALYTICS to the extent they were employed this year. Rethink your strategy. Play all aspects of the game. Play small ball when needed. Make the defense pay dearly by bunting when the shift is on.

    • OR, other organizations value the Dodgers’ approach and are poaching talent to improve their teams.

      • If they’re leaving the Dodgers for the exact same job on another team then they don’t want to apart of what the Dodgers are doing because they don’t agree with the nonsense strategy. Some of these guys could’ve stayed but would rather leave for somewhere else where maybe they agree with the philosophy a little more. That speaks volumes

  2. Agree they got tired of their stupidity.Baseball will always be baseball and these new idiots who think they reinvented the wheel are full of shit

    • pretty much concur, although other teams do value whom the Dodgers had in these various positions. but it does say something about many coaches and others not ‘all in’ on this over analytic philosophy of platooning every day depending upon whether the opposing pitchers is LH or RH. Not only that, but you most likely won’t see too many Fa’s wanting to come here because of it. An established starting player is not going to settle for becoming a platoon player. And those players that are available for trade won’t want to be a part of this either.

  3. Nobody wants to be a hitting coach in an organization that doesn’t let them teach their own philosophy. Ortiz could’ve stepped in as our new coach but would rather join Woodward for the same position. Unless someone is being offered a promotion to leave, it’s not a good thing for your organization to get poached for the same exact position they could’ve had or already had with us.

  4. This just tells me anyway that these coaches do not approve with the over all organizational hitting philosophy. A player comes up to MLB because most of them showed they can hit both sides of a pitcher whether they are LHB or RHB. Unfortunately, minor leaguers in this organization won’t get these kinds of chances going forward. Just recall again those players that were on the bench for the first 2 games of the WS.

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