Dodgers Announce New General Manager, Make Other Promotions and Appointments

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.

Dodgers Score Big With International Free Agent Signings

The Dodgers have always been known as one of the biggest and most formidable players in the international free agent market, and 2022 is no exception.

In 2021, the signing period began on January 15 and ran through December. The same rules apply to this year. Prior to the pandemic, the signing period didn’t begin until July.

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Lockout Update, Plus Other Dodger Notes

Thursday marked the first time the Players Union and the MLB owners discussed anything about the lockout, although it looks like there is still quite a bit of leg work to do.

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Three 2022 Dodgers Additions Already with the Team

Supposedly, Major League Baseball and the Players Association are going to meet Thursday to start talking again about their wide and varied interests before getting the 2022 season rolling. We as fans know enough not to hold our collective breath as talks could break down any minute.

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Dodgers Prospect Watch: What Lies Ahead for Michael Busch?

So far this winter, most of our prospect talk has surrounded pitching and catching, which always seems to make up the higher rankings of the Dodgers’ farm. However, with Corey Seager now out of the shortstop picture, some of the emphasis could switch to the middle infield spots, if things ever get rolling again roster-wise.

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Which Dodgers Are Poised for Comebacks in 2022?

We are now in January, the time when the negotiations to end the lockout were supposed to take place. So far, it remains stagnant, even though MLB insider Ken Rosenthal was reportedly let go for his criticism of MLB commissioner Rob Manfred.

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Thoughts on Major League Baseball and Its Lockdown

We are now about six weeks away from what should be the time when pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training. However, we don’t seem to be any closer to a resolution between the Players Association and Major League Baseball.

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Dodgers Prospect Watch: Could 2022 See the MLB Debut of Diego Cartaya?

While the MLB roster freeze doesn’t appear to be going away anytime soon, many of us continue to speculate how the Dodgers might fill out their roster once the new CBA is in place.

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Dodgers’ Resolutions for the New Year

We have made it to the end of this crazy year, baseball and non baseball involved.

I hope that 2022 brings us better baseball and more prosperity overall.

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Looking Back on the Dodgers 2021 Season with Bright Hope for 2022

Another year has come to a close, and with it memories of what has been tend to creep in. Even though it didn’t end the way Dodger fans wanted it to, it still was a very memorable year.

Aside from the 2020 season, which ended in a championship, this 2021 season will probably be the most memorable for awhile, with all its ups, down, and everything in between.

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