The Dodgers have quite a few coaching positions to fill this off-season. Former third base coach Chris Woodward accepted the skipper job with the Texas Rangers and took assistant hitting coach Luis Ortiz with him. Bench coach Turner Ward took the same position with the Cincinnati Reds, and pitching coordinator Danny Lehman will not be returning to the club.
According to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, Dino Ebel will become the Dodgers’ new third base coach. Ebel has been both a player and a coach for the Dodgers before, as a minor leaguer and then a player-coach in the California League. He served as Manager Mike Scioscia‘s bench coach from 2013-2017, and was the Angels’ third base coach last season.
As there is not much news going on at the moment, I decided to have a little fun with who should fill the open slots for coaching positions in the Dodgers organization. With a little hope from Twitter, I present to you the 2019 coaching staff.
Hitting coach—This one was simple: Chase Utley. (We’re just going to completely disregard that he retired to spend more time with his family). Utley is the ultimate gamer, and would be a quiet, steady rock for whom manager Dave Roberts could converse and bounce moves off of. He would continue to be Enrique Hernandez‘s dad, and influence on Corey Seager and whoever ends up playing second for the Dodgers this year. Chase will be seen in the dugout staring down the Mets’ dugout for that entire series. He would also double as the sliding coach. (There probably isn’t a sliding coach, but he should be it, anyway).
(Close second: Tim Wallach. Surely he misses Los Angeles and being on a winning team. And now that the the home run sculpture is gone from Miami, what good reason could there be to want to stay there?)
Third Base Coach—There are quite a few good options for here, but ultimately I have to go with Juan Uribe. His mannerisms and antics waving players home would alone be worth the price of admission. His friendships with players on the team would lead to some awesome hit celebrations, and I’m certain he would have hand signals with all the players. And Uribe and Yasiel Puig and Hyun-Jin Ryu together again? Yes, please!
Assistant Hitting Coach—No one better than Captain Clutch, Andre Ethier. Think about it, who would be better to help a team that has a problem with plating runners in scoring position than a man who repeatedly did just such a thing?
Pitching Coordinator—A.J. Ellis. Now this one is a little outside of the box, as Ellis is still currently employed as a catcher with the San Diego Padres and is not a pitcher. But, he has a ton of experience calling games, and has worked with an incredible range of pitchers. Most importantly, though, he is Clayton Kershaw‘s best friend and could help the future Hall of Famer work on becoming another Greg Maddux. He could be a player-coach, filling in behind the plate when needed.
When you think about it, the possibilities are endless. Adrian Gonzalez as first base coach. Brett Butler base running coach. Brandon McCarthy, he of the nice pitching career, for an assistant pitching coach and social media consultant. The Dodgers’ front office is keen on internal options to keep their filled, maybe they should look within in their alumnus for their coaches. What former Dodger do you think would be a great addition to the coaching staff?