The Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City introduced new manager Bill Haselman on Tuesday, the third minor league level in three years managing in the Dodgers' system.
Haselman joined the Dodgers as manager of Class-A Great Lakes in 2014, and won a California League championship in 2015 with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga. The franchise reorganized its minor league coaching staffs this winter, bringing on four new managers for the six domestic levels. Haselman and longtime Dodgers coach John Shoemaker were the two managers who remained.
As a player, Haselman played for the Oklahoma City 89ers in 1991 and 1992, then a Texas Rangers affiliate. In 1992, the Oklahoma City trainer was Greg Harrel, who is now back as the OKC Dodgers trainer for a second season after a year on the Dodgers' major league staff in 2013.
Haselman caught for 13 years in the majors, and credited that position for helping him as manager.
"As a catcher, you're involved in the game pretty much every pitch, calling the game and talking to 11-12 different pitchers on a daily basis getting them ready for a game," Haselman said. "You have a lot of different personalities. It's always a challenge to be able to figure out each individual by themselves and get them to perform the best they can.
"Being involved as a catcher, it's an easy transition as a manager because you've already dealt with half a team your whole playing career."
This will be Haselman's sixth season as a minor league manager, having also managed in the Cal League with Bakersfield in 2010 (a Rangers affiliate) and in Inland Empire in 2012-2013 (Angels).
"He has a deep pool of knowledge from which to draw counsel and guidance, filled from his time as a player and as field staff," said Dodgers director of player development Gabe Kapler in January. "Players have responded beautifully to him, largely because he makes himself perpetually available and demonstrates consistent care."
The Dodgers' roster churn on the fringes of the 40-man roster helped Oklahoma City set franchise records in 2015 with 80 players used and 328 player transactions. But it wasn't limited to the majors and Triple-A; the Dodgers were aggressive with roster moves throughout their minor league system throughout the system all year.
Haselman with the Quakes also used 80 different players, including 30 starting pitchers and, by a rough count, had 225 player transactions in 2015. So he's relatively used to turnover.
Haselman will join the Dodgers in spring training next week. Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to big league camp at Camelback Ranch on Friday, Feb. 19