Once again Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have met to discuss the current lockout, and once again we are no closer to not knowing when the lockout will end and if the… More
While there is still not anything new as far as the labor dispute between MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Union, there are some happening within the Los Angeles Dodgers organization worth talking about.
On Tuesday, the Dodgers formally announced some promotions in the executive ranks of the organization, most notably that of General Manager.
Brandon Gomes has been named the 12th General Manager in the history of the Dodgers. This position has been empty since Farhan Zaidi left the organization in 2018 to become the President of Baseball Operations for the San Francisco Giants.
Gomes has quickly worked his way through the ranks, last pitching in baseball in 2016. He joined the Dodgers front office before the 2017 season as their pitching performance coordinator. He then moved to director of player development before becoming the Dodgers’ assistant general manager and vice-president, a role he has been in for the past three years.
“I’m thrilled to announce the promotion of Brandon to General Manager, as he has been an integral part of our success since joining the Dodgers in 2016,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said Tuesday in a statement.
The 37 year old Gomes was part of a team under Friedman that also included Josh Byrnes, a former GM, as senior vice president, with Jeff Kingston as the other assistant general manager and Vice President
The Dodgers named two new assistant general managers to now work alongside Kingston. Alex Slater had been the director of baseball operations for the past five years, and was integral in the Dodgers using an Corey Knebel as an opener in Game 5 of the 2021 NLDS against the Giants.
Los Angeles also hired Damon Jones to assistant GM/VP and baseball legal counsel. He was most recently with the Washington Football Team for the last two years, helping them navigate their name change. Jones was also with the Washington Nationals for 13 years prior to that, working with contracts, players’ issues and CBA rules to name a few things.
In addition to the front office, the Dodgers have named promotions within baseball operations. Thomas Albert will now be the head athletic trainer, replacing Neil Rampe who had held the position for the past five years. Albert has been an assistant athletic director for the last six seasons.
Brandon McDaniel has been named Vice President of baseball performance, a promotion from director of player performance. McDaniel has been in the Dodgers organization since 2012.
Rob Hill has been promoted to director of minor league pitching, from his previous job as pitching coordinator. It was not publicly announced by the team yet, but was reported by Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic and confirmed by Hill himself on Twitter.
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