Dodgers’ 2019 Coaching Staff Announced

The Dodgers have announced their Major League coaching staff for the 2019 season.

Manager Dave Roberts (4th season), bench coach Bob Geren (4th season), pitching coach Rick Honeycutt (14th season), first base coach George Lombard (4th season), bullpen coach Mark Prior (2nd season) and assistant hitting coach Brant Brown (2nd season) will all be returning to the staff.

Joining Roberts and company will be some new additions. Those new additions include third base coach Dino Ebel, hitting coach Robert Van Scoyoc, assistant hitting coach Aaron Bates, and game planning coach Chris Gimenez.

2019 Coaching Staff
Dave Roberts : Manager
Bob Geren: Bench Coach
Rick Honeycutt : Pitching Coach
Robert Van Scoyoc:  Hitting Coach
Brant Brown: Hitting Strategist
Aaron Bates : Assistant Hitting Coach
George Lombard : First Base Coach
Dino Ebel: Third Base/Infield Coach
Mark Prior:  Bullpen Coach
Aaron Bates : Assistant Hitting Coach
Chris Gimenez : Game Planning Coach

Here is some background information on the new additions:

Ebel, 52, returns to the Dodger organization as the third base/infield coach after serving as a member of the Angels major league coaching staff for 14 seasons, including 9 seasons as the third base coach (2006-2014, 2018) and 4 seasons as the bench coach (2005, 2015-2017). Last season, Ebel also served as the Angels outfield coach, a position he held previously from 2011-2015. In 2017, he served as the infield coach as well. Prior to his time with the Angels organization, Ebel spent 17 seasons in the Dodger organization as a minor league player, coach, and manager. He replaces outgoing third base coach Chris Woodward who left this offseason to become the manager for the Rangers.

Van Scoyoc, 32, takes over as one of the Dodgers’ hitting coaches after spending last season with the Diamondbacks’ organization. This will mark Van Scoyoc’s first time on a Major League coaching staff or a coaching staff in general. Prior to his time with the Diamondbacks, Van Scoyoc served as a hitting consultant in the Dodger organization for both the 2016 and 2017 seasons. The Santa Clarita Valley native has worked with Major League hitters as a private hitting instructor since 2011, most notably with 2-time All-Star and 3-time Silver Slugger award winner J.D. Martinez and Dodger infielder/outfielder Chris Taylor. Taylor, who revamped his swing prior to 2017, credits Van Scoyoc for his breakout 2017 season. He replaces outgoing hitting coach Turner Ward who left this offseason to become the hitting coach for the Reds.

Bates, 34, is in his 5th season with the Dodger organization and will be appointed as the assistant hitting coach for the Major League club, his first time on a big league staff. Bates was selected by the Red Sox in the 3rd round in 2006 out of North Carolina State University and spent 8 seasons (2006-2014) in the minor leagues as an outfielder in the Red Sox, Twins, Cardinals, and Dodger organizations. Following his playing career, Bates began his coaching career in 2015 as the Rookie-level AZL Dodgers hitting coach for 2 seasons. In 2017, he was the hitting coach with Single-A Great Lakes. Last season, he spent time as the organization’s assistant hitting coordinator. Bates’ job will be to assist Van Scoyoc and Brown with not only the major league hitters but he will also be involved with the development of the organization’s minor league hitters. He replaces outgoing assistant hitting coach Luis Ortiz who left this offseason to become the hitting coach for the Rangers.

Gimenez, 35, joins the Dodgers as the game-planning coach following a 10-year big league career with the Indians (2009-2010, 2014, 2016), Mariners (2011), Rays (2012-2013), Rangers (2014-2015), Twins (2017-2018) and Cubs (2018). Gimenez was drafted by Cleveland in the 19th round in 2004 out of the University of Nevada-Reno and posted a .218/.307/.344 career batting line 43 doubles, 1 triple, 24 home runs, 89 RBI, and 118 runs scored in 1,067 plate appearances. He spent the majority of his career behind the plate but also saw time at first base, third base, left field, right field, designated hitter, and even pitcher. He replaces outgoing game-planning/communications coach Danny Lehmann who left this offseason for a new opportunity elsewhere that has yet to be announced.

Now that the coaching staff is in place, President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman can now focus on potentially hiring a new General Manager to replace Farhan Zaidi as well as free agency and the trade market.