The Los Angeles Dodgers reshuffled their front office with multiple promotions and hires, with the most noteworthy news being the promotion of Brandon Gomes that made him the 12th general manager in franchise history.
Alex Slater was also promoted to vice president of baseball operations and assistant general manager, filling the role left by Gomes’ promotion. In addition, the team hired Damon Jones as vice president, assistant general manager and baseball legal counsel from Washington Football Team.
Although not announced by the team, the Dodgers appear to have made a change within their player development system.
According to Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic, Rob Hill was promoted to director of Minor League pitching:
The Dodgers are also promoting Rob Hill to director of minor league pitching, a source told The Athletic.
After graduating from Westmont College, Hill became well known among MLB pitchers and executives for his work at Driveline Baseball — a baseball training facility that incorporates data, high-end technology and science into its program.
Hill was hired by the Dodgers in 2020 as their pitching coordinator while they still allowed him to work at Driveline.
The Dodgers have developed a strong connection with Driveline and earlier this offseason they hired two other employees and signed one to a Minor League contract.
Driveline trainer Ian Walsh previously announced on Twitter that he is joining the Dodgers organization as a pitching development assistant for the 2022 season.
They also hired former Driveline pitching floor trainer Sean Coyne as a Minor League coach and signed intern Bradley Gonzales to a Minor League contract in 2020.
Dodgers promote new head athletic trainer
The Dodgers promoted Thomas Albert to head athletic trainer, replacing Brandon McDaniel, who also received a promotion to vice president of player performance.
Albert has spent the past six seasons (2016-2021) as the Dodgers’ assistant athletic trainer. He is entering an 11th season in professional baseball after serving four years with the Cleveland Indians as medical/rehabilitation coordinator from 2012-2015.
McDaniel is entering his 10th season at the Major League level with the Dodgers. He previously was their director of player performance from 2019-2021, which came after a stint as head strength and conditioning coach (2014-2018), and strength and conditioning coach (2013).
McDaniel first joined the Dodgers organization in 2012, when he worked as the strength coach for Triple-A Albuquerque.
Have you subscribed to the Dodger Blue YouTube channel? Be sure to ring the notification bell to watch player interviews, participate in shows and giveaways, and stay up to date on all Dodgers news and rumors!