Last one on Chase Utley and what the Dodgers are trying to teach their baserunners.

I didn’t have room to include everything Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward said about Chase Utley‘s baserunning skill in yesterday’s notebook. There were a few reasons for that.

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Dodgers announce 2016 coaching staff. Update.

Dave Roberts‘ coaching staff was formally announced on Thursday:

Bob Geren — bench coach
Rick Honeycutt — pitching coach
Turner Ward — hitting coach
Tim Hyers — assistant hitting coach
George Lombard — first base coach
Chris Woodward — third base coach
Josh Bard — bullpen coach
Juan Castro — quality assurance coach
Steve Yeager — coach

Gabe Kapler, the runner-up for the manager’s job and a rumored coach for weeks, will remain director of player development.

Update: Kapler talked about his decision to stay in the front office, and Roberts explained the challenge of putting together a staff in mid-December.

Here’s a bit more on each of the coaches from a team release:

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Dodgers coaching staff announcement expected Thursday or Friday.

The Dodgers are expected to announce their full coaching staff sometime Thursday or Friday. The team hasn’t announced anything yet because one position still isn’t finalized — but which one?

Good question. Here’s the latest on the expected 2016 coaches, titles and reliability of information:

Bench: Bob Geren (believed done, confirmed)
1B: Gabe Kapler (believed done, unconfirmed)
3B: Chris Woodward (reported, unconfirmed)
BullpenJosh Bard (only name I’ve heard so far, unconfirmed)
HittingTurner Ward (reported, unconfirmed)
Assistant hitting: Tim Hyers (reported, unconfirmed)
PitchingRick Honeycutt (done, unconfirmed)