The Rangers announced the majority of their coaching staff Wednesday that will serve under former Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward. The group included another coach leaving the Dodger organzation, with Luis Ortiz taking the role of hitting coach for Texas.
Ortiz served as one of the assistant hitting coaches — Brant Brown being the other — to Turner Ward in 2018 and was the organizational hitting coordinator for Los Angeles. The 48-year-old is returning to the Rangers where he held various hitting instructor roles in the Texas system from 2008-12.
The loss is just another on a long list that continues to grow for the Dodgers this offseason. Woodward and Ortiz to Texas, Ward left for the Reds earlier this month, pitching coordinator Danny Lehman is gone, Farhan Zaidi was hired away as the president of baseball operations for the Giants and two from the Research and Development department won’t be returning.
It’s not a surprise that an organization like the Dodgers would have employees other clubs would like to hire, but the amount in one offseason has been something to behold.
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