Despite their quick playoff exit, the Los Angeles Dodgers coaching staff is expected to remain intact for the 2023 season, according to president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, who said he doesn’t “anticipate” any changes.
Although there was pressure from outside the organization to make changes to the coaching staff, Friedman expressed his confidence in the group. “It’s us collectively trying to learn what we can from what has happened and putting ourselves in the best position to avoid it going forward,” Friedman said.
“I feel like the vast majority of the time if the best team has always won the World Series and this happened to be an example of not, then I think it’s easier to point fingers and isolate why.
“Some of it comes down to what happens in the crazy tournament that is the playoffs of baseball. It cuts both ways. It’s exhilarating and awesome when it works out, and it’s crushing when it doesn’t. I just don’t see the world in terms of pointing the finger and firing someone for those reasons.
“Now, I think as a group, if we’re not constantly trying to get better, even if we won it all this year, I think the mindset of always trying to improve what we do is shared among everyone we work with. Those are people I very much believe in figuring this out with together.”
The Dodgers coaching staff will once again be led by manager Dave Roberts, who signed a three-year contract extension this past March that runs through the 2025 season.
After leading the Dodgers to a franchise-record 111 wins during the regular season, he became the first NL manager in MLB history to make the playoffs in his first seven seasons. Roberts’ record of 653-380 (.632) as the Dodgers manager is good for the highest winning percentage of any skipper in MLB history with a minimum of 315 games.
He is joined by bench coach Bob Geren, who will also enter his eight season with the club. Robert Van Scoyoc and Brant Brown will work as the hitting coaches and Mark Prior is returning to coach the pitching staff.
Dino Ebel returns in his role as the third base coach and Clayton McCullough will remain as the first base coach despite drawing interest from the Kansas City Royals as their next manager before they named Matt Quatraro their 18th full-time skipper in franchise history.
McCullough has been with the Dodgers since 2015 and helped oversee their alternate training site at USC during the 2020 season. He has been a popular name for teams looking to fill vacancies on their coaching staff in recent years, which included an interview with the New York Mets for their open managerial spot after the 2021 season.
The coaching staff has remained unchanged since the start of the 2021 season after McCullough took over as the first base coach when George Lombard was hired by the Detroit Tigers.
Dodgers coaching staff
Manager: Dave Roberts
Bench Coach: Bob Geren
First Base Coach: Clayton McCullough
Third Base Coach: Dino Ebel
Hitting Coach: Robert Van Scoyoc, Brant Brown
Pitching Coach: Mark Prior
Game Planning & Communications Coach: Danny Lehmann
Bullpen Coach: Josh Bard
Assistant Hitting Coach: Aaron Bates
Assistant Pitching Coach: Connor McGuiness
Bullpen Catcher: Steve Cilladi
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