Coaching Shakeup As Mattingly Takes Over

Although the Dodgers have made no official announcements, and Ned Colletti pointedly said in a quote in Ken Gurnick's mlb.com column yesterday:

"We're not going to do it [announce the coaching staff] piecemeal," said Colletti, who would not comment on individual coaches.

facts and speculation are swirling around Dodger Stadium regarding the composition of the 2011 coaching staff that will work under new manager Don Mattingly.  Preliminary indications are the Bob Schaefer, Mariano Duncan and Larry Bowa will not be part of that team, at least on the field.

Both Gurnick and espnlosangeles.com's Tony Jackson reported that Bob Schaefer would not return and the quotes from him left little doubt about that:

"I told Donnie he needs to pick somebody who can be here for three or four years because he needs continuity, and that's not me," said the 66-year-old Schaefer

"I think I'm probably going to investigate some other opportunities," Schaefer said. "I have had three good years here, and these guys need some other coaches."

Mariano Duncan seemed to be told, between the lines, that he might be better off finding a job elsewhere, per this quote, also from Gurnick:

First-base coach Mariano Duncan said he spoke with general manager Ned Colletti Sunday and was told "there might be a job for me if I don't get one somewhere else," Duncan said. "I don't know where that leaves me."

Ken Rosenthal's twitter account is the only source found so far that is reporting that Larry Bowa will not return to the staff, and he also states that Duncan is gone:

Bowa, Duncan won't return as #Dodgers' coaches, but [they were] asked to stay in org. Schaefer has said he won't be back. Honeycutt future unclear.

The facts will rise to the top as the rumor dust settles, but we are going to see some different faces peering out from those under those blue caps along the Dodger dugout rail next season.

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