You have no doubt heard that the Dodgers have officially announced the coaching staff that will be backing up manager Dave Roberts this coming season, so I won't go into much more detail than what already has been said throughout the 'net. Instead, I'll plainly show the graphic above (found at the Dodgers twitter account), relay portions of a press release and share a new fantasy Baseball card I have made for each one of them (the real purpose for this post).
I also want to take this moment to welcome them all to the family. Of course, several of them have been with us for quite some time already, i.e. Honeycutt, Yeager, etc. Most of them, though, are brand new members of the Dodger family. A surprise to me on this list is the inclusion of former Dodger infielder Juan Castro to the list. He will be serving as a "Quality Assurance Coach" - whatever that is.
Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Geren played 15 professional seasons as catcher in the Padres, Cardinals, Yankees and Red Sox organizations, including five big-league seasons with the Yankees (1988-91) and San Diego (1993). He was originally selected by the Padres in the first round (24th overall) in the 1979 draft.
Turner Ward, 50, joins the Dodgers following eight seasons in the Arizona organization, including three years on the Diamondbacks’ Major League staff as hitting coach (2014-15) and assistant hitting coach (2013). Under Ward’s tutelage last season, Arizona produced two Silver Sluggers (first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and center fielder A.J. Pollock) and led the NL in hits (1,494), while ranking among the Senior Circuit’s best in runs (720, second), extra-base hits (491, second), batting average (.264, third), on-base percentage (.324, third) and slugging percentage (.414, second). Ward began his coaching career with two seasons in the Pirates organization in 2006-07 and has compiled a 216-190 record (.532) over four seasons managing in the minors: 2006 (Rookie-level GCL Pirates), 2007 (Single-A State College) and 2011-12, when he led Double-A Mobile to back-to-back Southern League championships and was named the league’s 2011 Manager of the Year.
Ward enjoyed a 12-year big league playing career (1990-2001) with the Indians (1990-91), Blue Jays (1991-93), Brewers (1994-96), Pirates (1997-99), D-backs (1999-2000) and Phillies (2001), combining to hit .251 with 39 home runs and 219 RBI in 626 games, following his selection by the Yankees in the 18th round of the 1986 draft. An outfielder, Ward played college ball at Faulkner State Junior College and the University of South Alabama.
Lombard’s playing career spanned 16 years from 1994-2009, with the outfielder reaching the Majors in 1998 and appearing in 144 big league games with the Braves (1998-2000), Tigers (2002), Rays (2003) and Nationals (2006). The Georgia native was originally selected by Atlanta in the second round of the 1994 draft.
A native of Covina, Woodward attended Northview High School before playing baseball collegiately at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, until he was selected by the Blue Jays in the 54th round of the 1994 draft.
Josh Bard, 37, enters the coaching ranks as the Dodgers’ bullpen coach following three years in the club’s front office as a special assistant (2013) and professional scout (2014-15). The former backstop played in 10 Major League seasons with the Indians (2002-05), Red Sox (2006), Padres (2006-08), Nationals (2009) and Mariners (2010-11) before finishing his career with the Dodger organization in 2012 as a non-roster invitee and at Triple-A. He was originally selected by the Rockies in the third round of the 1999 draft.
Tim Hyers, 44, takes over as Los Angeles’ assistant hitting coach after three years as the Red Sox’s minor-league hitting coordinator. This appointment will mark Hyers’ first time on a permanent big-league staff, though he served as Boston’s interim hitting coach for part of the 2014 season while Greg Colbrunn took a medical leave of absence. Hyers also served as the hitting coach for the Tigers’ Single-A West Michigan club in 2002 and was a Red Sox area scout covering Georgia from 2009-12.
A first baseman/outfielder, Hyers played in four Major League seasons with the Padres (1994-95), Tigers (1996) and Marlins (1999) after being selected by the Blue Jays in the second round of the 1990 draft.
Juan Castro, who spent the last two seasons as the Dodgers’ minor-league infield coordinator, assumes the newly created role as the club’s quality assurance coach. The 43-year-old immediately joined the Dodgers’ front office as a special assistant following his retirement as a player on July 10, 2011, concluding a 17-year big league career with the Dodgers (1995-99, 2009, 2010, 2011), Reds (2000-04, 2006-08), Twins (2005-06), Orioles (2008) and Phillies (2010). The sure-handed infielder was originally signed by the Dodgers an amateur free agent out of Mexico on June 18, 1991.
Steve Yeager, 67, enters his fifth season as the Dodgers’ catching instructor and will work with the club’s Major League backstops in both Spring Training and throughout the season. Known as a stellar defensive catcher during his 15-year big league career, including 14 years with the Dodgers, Yeager was a member of the 1981 World Series championship team and was named tri-MVP of the Fall Classic along with Ron Cey and Pedro Guerrero. Yeager was originally drafted by the Dodgers in the fourth round of the 1967 draft and has worked on the club’s behalf at many community events through the years.
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