The Dodgers haven’t announced their coaching staff under Dave Roberts, who was named the new manager just yesterday, but it appears Mark McGwire won’t be on it.
McGwire is in line to be the next bench coach of the San Diego Padres, according to multiplereports. The Dodgers’ hitting coach the last three seasons, McGwire lives in Irvine. He came to Los Angeles from St. Louis so he could work closer to home. San Diego might be a longer commute, but at least it fits the Southern California bill.
Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt is returning for his 11th season with the Dodgers, according to multiple reports, though the team hasn’t confirmed this. Outside of Honeycutt, the staff could take on a very different look in 2016.
Rick Honeycutt will remain the Dodgers’ pitching coach through 2017, according to CBSsports.com. The report claims that Honeycutt’s new two-year contract will pay him $750,000 each of the next two years.
Edinson Volquez was 9-10 with a 6.01 earned-run average this season before he was placed on release waivers Wednesday by the San Diego Padres. (Getty Images)
Edinson Volquez was laughing Friday. Maybe it was nervous laughter; reading someone’s emotions can be difficult the first time you meet them.
The right-handed pitcher, who officially signed a one-year contract with the Dodgers on Friday, was talking about his last start seven days ago against the Chicago Cubs.
“Every pitch I threw, they hit them,” Volquez said. “I was surprised because I have good numbers against the Cubs. I saw my record agianst them, it was 5-0, 2-point ERA [actually 2.98]. I had a lot of confidence. Then in the first inning it was like six runs, five (earned) runs, in the first inning. It’s not good.”
Hyun-Jin Ryu’s clubhouse demeanor after his first appearance in a Dodgers uniform was much the same as it was before: Even-keeled with a dose of humor.
Ryu threw a scoreless third inning against the Chicago White Sox at Camelback Ranch. He got Blake Tekotte to ground out on a ball hit slowly back to the mound. He struck out Gordon Beckham on a changeup. He allowed a triple to DeWayne Wise that sliced into the right-field corner, then got Jeff Keppinger to fly out to left field to end the inning.
“My goal honestly was not to walk anybody today,” Ryu said. “I guess I succeeded.”