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The long & the short of Dodgers minor league staffs

This would be a photo of John Shoemaker, but the photo system iis slightly broken right now.
This would be a photo of John Shoemaker, but the photo system iis slightly broken right now.
Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

On a night the Dodgers honored longtime coach John Shoemaker on the field at Dodger Stadium for his 39 years with the organization, news broke of reported turnover of the club's minor league coaching staff.

Ten minor league coaches won't return in 2016 per Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, including Damon Berryhill, who managed Triple-A Oklahoma City to the best record in the Pacific Coast League in 2015 and won PCL manager of the year after managing a roster that saw 80 different players, 24 starting pitchers and 334 player moves.

Berryhill managed seven seasons in the Dodgers' organization, including the last two years at Triple-A.

The other nine who won't be back, per Gurnick:

  • Razor Shines, Double-A Tulsa manager (10 seasons with Dodgers, last two in Double-A)
  • Jack McDowell, rookie-level Arizona League manager (two seasons with Dodgers)
  • Franklin Stubbs, Triple-A hitting coach (six seasons with Dodgers, last three in Triple-A)
  • Glenn Dishman, Class-A Great Lakes pitching coach (11 seasons with Dodgers)
  • Jay Gibbons, Great Lakes hitting coach (first year as coach)
  • Angel Sanchez, Great Lakes coach (first year as coach)
  • Darryl Brinkley, rookie-level Ogden hitting coach (one year with Dodgers)
  • Rick Rhoden, instructor
  • Erik Bedard, instructor (first year as coach, after retiring in June)

This type of turnover was to be expected, much like on the international scouting side, with the reshaped front office using their first season to evaluate before making moves.

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Shoemaker, named the Dodgers captain of player development, was presented with a framed jersey and a poster and honored on field for his long tenure with the organization. He was drafted by the Dodgers in 1977, but after four years in the minors as a player Shoemaker began coaching, where he has served several roles for the last 35 years.

In 2015, Shoemaker managed rookie-level Ogden, one of 12 different affiliates he has managed in 21 years as a Dodgers minor league manager. He has also served as hitting coach and roving instructor during his Dodgers tenure.