Former big league pitcher Jack McDowell will reportedly join the Dodgers organization as manager of the rookie-level Ogden Raptors in the short-season Pioneer League. McDowell made the announcement on his Facebook page on Saturday.
McDowell would replace Lee Tinsley, who was hired in December after three years as outfield and baserunning coordinator with the Cubs. Tinsley left the Dodgers before his first game in the system, taking a major league position with the Reds on January 23, as assistant hitting coach.
The Dodgers have not confirmed the hiring of McDowell, saying a replacement for Tinsley hasn't yet been named.
"Ok, last month the Dodgers asked me to attend Spring Training as a special instructor. I was excited to get back in the mix and see if my next move might be back in pro ball," McDowell posted on Facebook. "I've been asked and have accepted the managerial job for the Ogden Raptors for the 2014 season. Fired up to be coaching again!!! Gonna be a crazy year."
McDowell, 48, retired in 1999 after a 12-year MLB career, mostly with the White Sox, though he also pitched for the Yankees, Indians and Angels. Ogden would be his first professional coaching experience.
The Raptors open their 2014 season on June 16.