Gabe Kapler not a part of Dodgers’ official new coaching staff
It had been coming in piecemeal for weeks, but Thursday the Dodgers finally made their new coaching staff official.
At this point there were no real surprises, pitching coach Rick Honeycutt the only holdover from last season to join Manager Dave Roberts’ new staff. The rest of 2016 Dodgers coaching staff:
Bob Geren (bench coach), Turner Ward (hitting coach), George Lombard (first base), Chris Woodward (third base), Josh Bard (bullpen), Tim Hyers (assistant hitting) and Juan Castro (something new called quality assurance coach). Honeycutt will begin his 11th season as the Dodgers pitching coach. Steve Yeager will also return for his fifth season as the catching coach at home games.
What is missing from this lineup, of course, is Gabe Kapler. The Dodgers farm director was a finalist for the managerial opening and many had speculated he would be a part of Roberts’ new staff.
Ward had been the Diamondbacks hitting coach the past two seasons. Arizona led the National League in hits last season, and finished second in extra-base hits, runs and slugging percentage (.414).
Castro spent the last two years as the Dodgers’ minor league infield coordinator. The Dodgers did not off an explanation as to what a quality assurance coach was.
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