Former Dodgers third base coach Lorenzo Bundy will return to Miami, where he was the bench coach in 1998. (David Crane/Staff photographer)
Two members of Don Mattingly‘s coaching staff in Los Angeles will join him in Miami. Tim Wallach was named the Marlins’ bench coach, and Lorenzo Bundy was named the Marlins’ outfield coach on Friday.
Bundy was the Dodgers’ third base coach from the beginning of the 2013 season until August of this year, when Ron Roenicke took over and Bundy was shifted to outfield coordinator duties. After the season Bundy, 56, managed Navojoa of the Mexican League until he was fired in November. He was the Marlins’ bench coach in 1998, a team that was notable for briefly employing Mike Piazza and becoming the first defending World Series champion to finish last in its division.
Wallach, 58, was the Dodgers’ third base coach from 2011-13 and Mattingly’s bench coach the last two seasons. He interviewed for the manager’s job that ultimately went to Dave Roberts.
Mattingly had mentioned at his introductory press conference in Miami last month that he expected Wallach to join him.
He did not mention Barry Bonds, who will steal the headlines nationally for being named the Marlins’ hitting coach.
Yasiel Puig is examined by Dodgers medical director Stan Conte after Puig’s hamstring stiffened on him in the eighth inning of the Dodgers’ 5-4 loss to the Oakland A’s on Monday. (Associated Press photo)
OAKLAND — The Dodgers’ bullpen imploded again, and Yasiel Puig was injured, in a 5-4 loss to the Oakland A’s on Tuesday
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Telling Lorenzo Bundy he was no longer the Dodgers’ third base coach wasn’t easy for Don Mattingly.
OAKLAND — Ron Roenicke will be the Dodgers’ third base coach tonight at O.Co Coliseum, and for the rest of the 2015 season. The move was announced Monday and dissected Tuesday afternoon.
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).
Today could be the day the Dodgers formally switch Triple-A affiliates from Albuquerque to Oklahoma City. The Oklahoman reported the move in August. Yesterday, BaseballAmerica.com reported that 23 minor-league teams have a two-week window to secure new affiliations beginning today, and that Albuquerque and Oklahoma City are two of those teams.
When the move was first reported, I mentioned that former Albuquerque Isotopes manager Lorenzo Bundy (now the Dodgers’ third base coach) offered his scouting report on exactly what playing at 5,200 feet does to a developing baseball player.
Here is that scouting report. This isn’t to presume that elevation was the primary reason for the Dodgers moving their Triple-A affiliate — far from it. Rather, Bundy’s experience adds some nuance to our understanding of why playing at elevation might be more or less desirable from a player development standpoint. This might be a business move first and foremost; here’s the baseball end of it: