John Valentin, the Dodgers’ assistant hitting coach the last two seasons under Mark McGwire, will be the hitting coach at Single-A Great Lakes in 2016.
The Dodgers announced most of their minor league coaching staffs Thursday; their minor league managers were announced in December. Farm director Gabe Kapler made a point of appointing at least one Spanish-speaking coach at every level last year and it appears that will continue, though the team’s two short season Rookie-ball affiliates have only announced partial staffs so far.
The Dodgers hired former Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke as their third base coach Monday. Lorenzo Bundy will remain on the bench with the title of “outfield coordinator.”
That gives the Dodgers seven uniformed coaches on the bench in addition to manager Don Mattingly, one above the major league maximum. To accommodate Roenicke, assistant hitting coach John Valentin will not be on the bench during games.
Roenicke managed the Brewers to a 342-331 record from 2011-15, before being replaced in May. The West Covina native was an outfielder in the Majors from 1981-88, including parts of three seasons with the Dodgers (1981-83). Before being named the Brewers’ skipper prior to the 2011 campaign, the 58-year-old was a longtime coach for the Angels, serving as their third base (2000-05) and bench coach (2006-10).