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.
"Don Mattingly is the one who sealed the deal," Bonds said. "I wanted to make sure it was something Donnie wanted." #Marlins
Bud Black and Don Mattingly might be managing in the same division again when the 2016 season starts. Just don’t expect either the Washington Nationals or Miami Marlins to make this official before the World Series is over.
Meanwhile, the Padres are reportedly set to hire Arizona Diamondbacks third base coach Andy Green to be their manager.
Mattingly reportedly interviewed for the Marlins’ job on Monday, though he had been linked to the job in reports since early September. At the time, the Dodgers were in the middle of a critical series against the San Francisco Giants, and there wasn’t much Mattingly could say.
“I’m not worried about anything as far as that goes,” he said. “I’m happy here. I feel like I’m a Dodger.”
That changed last Thursday, when Mattingly and the Dodgers mutually agreed to forego the final year of his contract. It is unknown how much of Mattingly’s 2016 salary, if any, will be paid by the Dodgers.
Once the three hires are announced, the Dodgers will be the only MLB team without a manager.
In an interview on the Dan Patrick Show, former Dodgers manager Don Mattingly discussed the possibility of becoming the Marlins’ next manager (maybe someday he can tell Patrick they’re not the “Florida” Marlins anymore), Yasiel Puig, Zack Greinke, what went wrong this year for the Dodgers, and a variety of other topics he didn’t cover in his post-mutual-parting press conference.
Amid reports that the Miami Marlins will be looking for a new manager after the season, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was asked Wednesday about a report linking him to the not-yet-vacant job currently occupied by Dan Jennings.
“I have no idea where that comes from,” Mattingly said.
Atlanta would receive minor league utilityman Hector Olivera from the Dodgers — who would reportedly pay all of the $62.5 million contract he signed in spring — as well as injured left-hander Paco Rodriguez, Single-A pitcher Zack Bird and a 2016 compensation-round draft pick from the Miami Marlins, currently 35th overall.
The Braves would reportedly pay some of Arroyo’s salary. The right-hander is on the 60-day disabled list recovering from Tommy John surgery in July 2014 and isn’t expected to pitch in a major league game until next year.