Led by manager Dave Roberts being in his seventh year at the helm, the Los Angeles Dodgers coaching staff is remaining intact for the 2022 regular season.
Since taking the helm at the start of the 2016 season, Roberts has led the Dodgers to an MLB-best 542-329 record, five NL West titles, three National League pennants and one World Series championship.
He also ranks fifth all-time in managerial winning percentage and is one of only 10 who have won more than 60% of their games.
Roberts’ right-hand man Bob Geren is also entering his seventh season as the Dodgers bench coach
Robert Van Scoyoc will once again be the team’s hitting coach for a fourth season. Also working with the hitters is Brant Brown, who returns as a hitting coach for his third season, and Aaron Bates as the assistant hitting coach in his fourth season.
Mark Prior continues as the team’s pitching coach for a third season, after previous working as the bullpen coach from 2018-19. Assistant pitching coach Connor McGuiness is in his third season in that role.
Clayton McCullough returns for a second season as first base coach, and Dino Ebel is third base coach for a fourth consecutive year.
Josh Bard is continuing to work as the Dodgers’ bullpen coach for his third season.
Danny Lehmann is game planning and communications coach for his third straight year and fourth overall after previously holding the position in 2018. In 2019, Lehmann served as a special assistant to the club.
Dr. Neal ElAttrache is beginning his 16th season as the Dodgers’ head team physician. Ron Porterfield also returns as the director of player health in his fifth season.
Earlier in the offseason, the Dodgers promoted Brandon McDaniel to vice president of player performance and Thomas Albert as their head athletic trainer, replacing Neil Rampe.
Roberts and Dodgers ‘very close’ to contract extension
The 2022 season marks the final year of Roberts’ contract. Both he and the Dodgers have expressed interest in getting an extension done, but they did not tend to the matter during the MLB lockout as many expected they would.
Now with Spring Training games already underway, the Dodgers and Roberts have made significant progress on a new contract and it should get done soon.
“We’re moving forward,” Roberts said last week. “Hopefully we can get it done sooner than later. I think we’re really close. I don’t think it’s going to be an issue here in the coming days.”
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