Telling Lorenzo Bundy he was no longer the Dodgers’ third base coach wasn’t easy for Don Mattingly.
Roenicke and Mattingly discussed the when and why of the unusual in-season coaching change:
I also spoke to outgoing third base coach Lorenzo Bundy and general manager Farhan Zaidi prior to the game. More from them in a bit.
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).