Coaching Connections - ALCS Teams and the Dodgers

Congratulations to the Texas Rangers for vanquishing the vaunted New York Yankees in six games in the ALCS and for gaining their first-ever World Series berth.  Here's a belated look at the connections of the coaches of both the winners and the losers of the ALCS to the Los Angeles Dodgers organization.

Rangers

In the offseason before the 1977 season, Ron Washington (manager) was obtained by the Dodgers from the Royals in exchange for minor-league catcher Steve Patchin.  Washington made his major-league debut with LA that season and hit .368 / .400 / .368 in his only 20 plate appearances in Dodger blue.  In spring training 1979, the Dodgers parted ways with Washington, exchanging him for Minnesota minor-league infielder Wayne Caughey.

Mike Maddux (pitching) bookended the 1990s decade with Los Angeles, hurling for them in both 1990 and 1999.  He twice signed with LA as a free agent, but the second time was after an April release by the Montreal Expos.  With the Dodgers he posted a 1-2 record with a 4.18 ERA (100 ERA+).

Third-base coach Dave Anderson was supposed to be Bill Russell's replacement at SS after being the Dodgers first round draft pick in 1981 from the University of Memphis and was indeed the starter at that position in 1984, but never hit enough to hold down the job.  His career Dodger line was .242 / .312 / .318 (79 OPS+), which covered two stints with LA; he spent two years in purgatory between those two Dodger turns.  In 2006, Anderson worked for the Dodgers as the Minor League Infield Coordinator.

Ranger coaches without direct Dodger tie-ins: Clint Hurdle (bench), Gary Pettis (first base), Jackie Moore (bench - this is Moore's fourth different time coaching in Texas), Andy Hawkins (bullpen), Johnny Narron (coach).

Yankees

Mike Harkey, the New York bulpen coach, finished his playing career in 1997 in a Dodger uniform, collecting one victory with a 4.18 ERA in 14 2/3 innings, after spending all of 1996 in Albuquerque following signing a free agent contract with Los Angeles.

Joe Girardi (manager), Kevin Long (batting), Dave Eiland (erstwhile pitching coach), Mick Kelleher (first base), Rob Thomson (third base - I'm glad a guy named Bobby Thomson doesn't have a Dodger connection), and Tony Pena (bench) all lack a direct connection to the Dodgers.

Thanks as always to thebaseballcube.com and baseball-reference.com.

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