The Dodgers haven't yet officially announced their new coaching staff, but new manager Dave Roberts' lieutenants are starting to take shape. Bob Geren will be the new bench coach, per multiple reports, and he explained why to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York:
"It was a very tough decision, but I am headed to L.A.," Geren said. "Both my wife and I have aging parents and extended family in Southern California. It's not often you get a chance in baseball to work that close to home and to your family. I'm going to miss everything about New York and the Mets. It was a wonderful four years."
Geren was the bench coach for the Mets for the last four seasons, and before that managed the A's for parts of five seasons before getting fired midseason in 2011.
Gabe Kapler is also expected to move from his role as director of player development to a spot on the Dodgers bench, though his role isn't yet known. The one knock on Roberts and Kapler, two Dodgers' finalists for manager, was their lack of managerial experience, comprised of one major league game for Roberts and one season in short-season Class-A in 2007 for Kapler.
But of the known staff to date, Roberts and Kapler will be surrounded by experience. Geren in addition to his 4½ years as manager and four years as Mets bench coach was also on the Oakland coaching staff for four years becoming manager. Turner Ward, the presumed hitting coach, has four years of minor league managing experience on his resume, the latest stint in 2011-2012 in Double-A Mobile in the Diamondbacks system. In addition, pitching coach Rick Honeycutt has been on the job for 10 years, and in the Dodgers' organization for the last 15 years.
"I want teachers, and I want leaders, and I want guys around me who will challenge me, and help me grow. I'm going to do the same thing," Roberts said Tuesday of his prospective coaching staff. "I want the players to know that the coaches around them are there to make them better, that they trust them, and they care about them. If a coach can check those three boxes, then I'm all in."