Hillman joins Dodgers staff
Nov. 29, 2010
LOS ANGELES - (AP) If one of the big criticisms of Don Mattingly is his lack of experience, then he and the Dodgers are apparently doing everything possible to assuage that worry with his coaching staff.
The club named their 2011 coaching staff today and it includes plenty of managing and coaching experience. Included on Mattingly's staff next year will be Davey Lopes, Trey Hillman and Tim Wallach.
Hillman, who will be Mattingly's bench coach, joins the club less than a year after being fired as the Kansas City Royals manager in his third year on the job. Prior to working in Kansas City, he managed the Nippon Ham Fighters in Japan, helping them to a 2006 championship.
Lopes will join the club as a first-base coach, which is the job he most recently held in Philadelphia before failing to come to an agreement on a contract extension after the 2011 season.
Wallach, who will be Mattingly's third-base coach, previously managed Los Angeles' Triple-A affiliate in Albuquerque in 2009 and 2010 and was recently considered for the Brewers' managerial opening before they hired Ron Roenicke.
The whole coaching staff won't be new: pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, who's tenure in L.A. actually precedes the Joe Torre era, will be back for a sixth season, while Ken Howell will stay on as bullpen coach and Jeff Pentland will be back as the hitting coach after working as a hitting instructor under Mattingly.