LOS ANGELES -- With just seven weeks remaining in the regular season, the Dodgers made a change to their major league coaching staff on Monday, hiring former Brewers manager Ron Roenicke as their new third base coach.
Lorenzo Bundy, who was coaching third, will move into the dugout and continue to be in charge of outfield defense, with assistant hitting coach John Valentin no longer in uniform during games.
Sources: Ron Roenicke will join #Dodgers coaching staff for remainer of year. Believed to be replacing Lorenzo Bundy as 3B coach.— Scott Miller (@ScottMillerBbl) August 17, 2015
Bundy believed to be staying w/#Dodgers, just not in 3B coaching role. Assistant htg coach John Valentin likely will move out of uni for gms— Scott Miller (@ScottMillerBbl) August 17, 2015
Sources: Ron Roenicke replacing Lorenzo Bundy as #Dodgers 3B coach. Bundy will remain on staff, will remain in charge of outfield defense.— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) August 17, 2015
Roenicke managed the Brewers since the start of the 2011 season, winning the National League Central in his first season. He was 342-331 (.508) during his managerial tenure in Milwaukee, but after a 7-18 start this season he was fired on May 3.
Before he managed the Brewers, Roenicke was a coach on the Angels' major league staff for 11 years, including as third base coach from 2000-2005. Roenicke coached with the Dodgers in 1992-1993, positioning outfielders as the "eye in the sky."
Roenicke, who turns 59 on Wednesday, was drafted by the Dodgers as a player in the first round in 1977, and played parts of three seasons with the Dodgers, from 1981-1983. The switch-hitting outfielder hit .239/.324/.301 in 212 games with the Dodgers.
Bundy has been the Dodgers third base coach since the start of the 2014 season, after managing Triple-A Albuquerque in the system from 2011-2013.
Valentin is in his eighth year coaching in the Dodgers organization, and in his third on the major league coaching staff.