Dodgers name Tim Wallach bench coach, Lorenzo Bundy third base coach

Jeff Golden

Assistant hitting coach John Valentin, assistant pitching coach Ken Howell and bullpen coach Chuck Crim signed new contracts for 2014, giving the Dodgers seven of eight major league coaches returning in 2014.

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers finalized their 2014 coaching staff on Monday, and Don Mattingly's new bench coach is a familiar face. Tim Wallach moves a few feet from the third base coaches box to the dugout as the new bench coach, and Triple-A manager Lorenzo Bundy joins the major league staff as the new third base coach.

Seven of the eight major league coaches from the 2013 staff will return, with assistant hitting coach John Valentin, assistant pitching coach Ken Howell and bullpen coach Chuck Crim signing new contracts for 2014 in recent days. Wallach was one of three coaches to have their 2014 club options exercised on Oct. 22, along with first base coach Davey Lopes and pitching coach Rick Honeycutt. Hitting coach Mark McGwire was already under contract for 2014.

Former bench coach Trey Hillman had his 2014 option declined.

Wallach received permission from the Dodgers to interview for vacant managerial positions with both the Tigers and Mariners, but he lost out to Brad Ausmus and Lloyd McClendon, respectively.

Bundy joins the Dodgers after three years managing the Isotopes, which included an Pacific Coast League American South Division title in 2012. Bundy last served on a major league staff as first base coach for the Diamondbacks in 2009.

Between Bundy, who also managed in Las Vegas in 2007-2008, and Wallach, who managed the Isotopes in 2009-2010, the Dodgers have the managers of their last seven years in Triple-A on the major league staff. Fifteen of the 32 players currently on the 40-man roster have played for Bundy and/or Wallach in Triple-A.

Both Steve Yeager and Manny Mota will coach for the Dodgers during spring training and throughout the year, though during the regular season will not be in uniform during games.

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